LATE LATE, TOO LATE
Following two remarkable late late comebacks, our late late come back against Finn Harps proved too late. Although they scored twice and we scored three times, unfortunately we scored their third goal which was to prove very costly.
This was always going to be a tough one as Harps are the only side to have beaten us so far this season. However, those who travelled to Finn Park on that evening, were confident of getting at least a share of the spoils on Saturday last. Down in Waterford we went a goal behind after 15 minutes, this time we held out until the 18th when Mc Carren was allowed walze through before picking his spot. At least we had time on our side to strike back and the Finn Harp's keeper made a great save at the feet of David O Sullivan before he had time to level matters. Just after the half hour mark, saw the ref make his first serious blunder when Purdy was straight through on goal. He was upended in the box and when the ref waved play on, Harps simply played along ball out of defence which found Mc Hugh facing Brian McCarthy. Mc Hugh once again found the back of the Town net and it was dream time for the away supporters and nightmares for the locals.
And just when you think, it can't get any worse, it does. This time Haverty was blatantly pushed over in the box. Both sets of fans held their collective breath but again, the ref refused to use his breath to blow his whistle. Harps two up at half time and the ref had had two massive blunders.
The animated Clubhouse chat at half time had a hint that all was not lost yet. But despite plenty of possession, we seemed to give the ball away at just the wrong moment. With barely an hour gone, Salmo tested their in form keeper but David O Sullivan crashed the parry off the crossbar. Every time, he got the ball there were at least two Harps' players surrounding him like prison officers.
When Wilo Mc Donagh panicked and smashed the ball into his own net on 81 minutes, following a cross from Mc Hugh, it looked over and done with. With Willie Tyrell limping off due to a dangerous and un punished tackle, it really looked like a grim night .
But the late late show then kicked into action and with Mark Salmon sending a glancing header to the back of the net, there was a sliver of hope. We expected five minutes from the board man but he only showed four. Harps had been singularly successful in time wasting, acting and generally being frustrating. Michael Isichei then crashed home number two on 93 minutes and with the seconds being as precious as hours, we dreamed the impossible dream. In the final few seconds we had a chance to attack again and with the visitors getting a serious case of the jitters, a minor miracle was the cards. However, a pass out right was too firmly struck, crossed the line, and the chance evaporated.
We scored three but that vital goal was an own goal. Quite a few players knew they could have performed better but the ref really nailed our coffin. However, we're still three points clear but for farmers and Town supporters, the rest of May could be critical.
COBH AT HOME
Next Saturday night, we host Cobh Ramblers once again. It's been a few years now since the Cob H, as some call them, made the long trip north to Longford. We had a remarkable first game against the new boys down in St Colman's Park, when we came from 2 down down twice to eventually run out four three winners. This time round, will see an other close, tight encounter but following the loss of all three points against Finn Harps, there will be an extra bit of pressure on us to get back to winning ways. Certainly if we intend to be heading to play with the big boys next season, we really need a win against Cobh. It won't be easy. But if we could see more local support, it would help greatly. See you at City Calling Stadium for 7.30 this Saturday night.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ BRIAN McCARTHY
Brian Mc Carthy was the worthy winner of the Supporters' Club player of the month for April. Tom Kelly was unavoidably absent for the presentation but his shoes were well filled by Clubhouse manager Emmet Ryan who did the honours. From now we're considering having different members present the award, so if you're interested, give us a shout. And if you haven't the nomination number already stored in your phone, here it is again 087 9896269. We've a few important games left yet before the end of May, but keep your eye sharp for the your May winner.
CAR BOOT SALE
The May bank holiday Car Boot Sale was an outstanding success with buyers and sellers from all over Ireland. Many passing through Longford on their way back from the west to Dublin now make it a regular stop and many of them have reported extraordinary bargains and wonder when our next one is. Well as they're held on bank holiday Mondays, our next one will be the June bank holiday Monday the 3rd of June. Sincere thanks to Liam Healion, Paddy Conway, Aiden Bennett, Brendan Finnegan and Johnny Nevin who kicks off the whole show before dawn.
A big welcome to Evelyn Kelly who joined the behind the counter team on Saturday last and played an absolute blinder. With Johnny winning awards for his super soup, we're going from strength to strength. One supporter who also frequents the National Concert Hall in Dublin tells us that the teas and coffees up there are now €2.75 while we're still sticking to just a single euro...and for a bigger cup too. On Wednesday 29th May, the Clubhouse is being used by GOAL to launch their Reek Challenge. More details to follow but it will further strengthen the already strong links between De Town and GOAL. Just outside the Clubhouse on the corridor, a new defibrillator has been installed which has been funded by the Supporters' Club to the tune of two and a half thousand euro.
And finally, the rumours circulating at half time about a player leaving for a team further up the N4 have rubbished...phew!
BUS TO DROGS
If you're interested in seeing what Hunky Dory's pitch is like up in Drogheda when we play them on the Monday 20th May, give Liam a shout on 087 6141926. Later on the same week we have a mouth water watering clash away to Mervue and we'll be running a bus there too.
HELLO SECTION O
Section O are also going from strength to strength this season. They've increased membership and with the talented writings of Burke and Mc Garry, they're making a real impact on the website and match programme too. Meanwhile over from the stand, we're enjoying the display and fluttering of their new flags and banners. Keep it up lads.