SWEET 'N SOUR
The last week was one of two games, one sweet and one a bit sour. On Monday night last we travelled over to Athlone to see how our Premier neighbours were shaping up. On arrival what appeared to be a mascot was grazing along the side of the road but one thing was for sure, he wasn't Cheltenham bound.
There was an eerie silence to greet the home team and with no sponsors on their jerseys, the sense of self confidence certainly wasn't in the air. The visiting Town took full advantage and ran out comfortable winners despite winning by just a single goal. Two clean sheets and with Shelbourne coming to town on Saturday night, expectations were high.
And what a beautiful Saturday we had. First Brian O’Driscoll ended his Ireland rugby career in a fairytale fashion and a fabulous sunset gave way to a bright full moon. The pitch was perfect and a good crowd eventually left their TV sets to witness the clash of the early table toppers.
Last season we often gave away early goals and it was case of deja vu on Saturday night, when after just 11 minutes and on a counter attack, the visitors struck for their opener. Despite there being plenty of time to get back into the game, we failed to find the back of their net despite numerous close calls. Whether we deserved a share of the spoils doesn't matter a whit because we ended up with nothing except a large dose of frustration.
At half time the travelling supporters moved camp and set up in the far side of the stand. But when they broke camp to return to Dublin, they left a fair number of broken seats behind them, which in turn left a sour taste.
CAR BOOT SALE
A huge thank you to all who supported or helped out at the St Patrick's Day Car Boot Sale on Monday. Even though we advertise the starting time as 10 am, some vendors are waiting at dawn to get the best stands. Word has certainly spread far and wide about our Car Boot Sale with some people travelling huge distances to be in attendance. Our next Car Boot Sale will be on the May Bank Holiday Monday.
BUS TO WEXFORD
Contact Kieran on 083 167 0304 as soon as possible to book your seat on the bus for our next away game, which is this Friday against Wexford Youths. Wexford scored three times last week in an excellent win against Cobh and will be hard beaten at home. Ties have always been close and tough down in the south east but if our obvious mistakes and weaknesses can be worked on, then the full three points can be achieved. After Wexford, we're on the road again when we play Cobh the following weekend.
Tosh is a die hard Shels supporter who attends all their games, home and away. On match days at Tolka, he mans the turnstiles and during the week he sells Club tickets. He's a true volunteer like so many of our own and indeed in every club. But Tosh took time out at half time in the Clubhouse to tell us that he has “utter envy” for our set up at City Calling Stadium. He was loud in his praise of every aspect of our set up. Shels might be a city club but they don't own their grounds and at their first home game of the season against Wexford, they weren't able to provide a cup of tea/coffee.
And for the record, on Saturday night last we had eight staff providing the usual teas/coffees, homemade sambos and still all at knock down prices.
We had the honour of having the nation's President at our opening game against Galway. Yet the national broadcaster, RTE still chooses to ignore the domestic First Division. The old MNS soccer programme on RTE TV has now been changed to a graveyard slot of after 11pm and has its format changed too. Before this, there was little mention of our division, now there's none at all.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend best wishes and a speedy recovery to Town supporter Evelyn Shaw, Dublin Road who had a nasty fall recently .The only town she saw was Tullamore and that view was from the hospital.
THANK YOU ROY
The hard workers behind the Youth Development set up would like to thank Roy Davis and the staff of the SuperValu, Longford for their support for the recent fundraising effort. Work is progressing nicely now, which will hugely benefit the younger players in the town and the surrounding areas. Many people were very encouraging with their positive comments and of course their welcome donations