Three precious points were gained in a pulsating game up in Finn Park last Friday night. Both teams had poor results behind them and both were desperately hungry for the points on offer. Local media in Donegal were reporting that the game against us was their only realistic hope of three points in a series of three games. Thankfully Kevin O’Connor’s early strike silenced the locals and secured those precious points. But it wasn’t that simple, it never is. Both sides had plenty of chances and there were enough heart stopping moments to merit near heart attacks. When, after some confusion, the hosts were awarded a penalty with just ten minutes remaining, hearts momentarily stopped. But in fairness to Ryan Coulter, he kept his nerve and kept an invaluable clean sheet with his save. Finn Park and De Town are certainly building a store of penalty stories. This game had everything from near misses to off the line clearances but in the end, it was three priceless points and a sigh of relief which could be heard all the way back down to Longford. The struggle remains enormous but a little light at the end of a long dark tunnel is more than welcome. Fair play to Alan Mathews and the lads for the hard graft.
We’re back on the road again this week end when Bohemians provide the opposition. Friday 23 at Dalymount with a 7.45 kick off is what’s on the menu. Bohs fell to an unexpected 2-0 defeat against Galway at the week end and so will be anxious to get back to winning ways. But De Town will surely make life difficult for them and now that we’ve managed a win, what better, than to add to it with an other. Now wouldn’t that be sweet. We may be out of the Cup but every single game now is a cup final.
Our home game against Dundalk which was to have been on Saturday, October 1st has now been put back due to Dundalk’s Cup game the following day. The Louth outfit certainly have a glut of games between domestic and European commitments but I’m sure they’re not complaining up there. Hopefully the re-arranged game can take place on a date which will suit a large crowd. We could do with some healthy gate receipts.
Avril Gilchrist and Marty Stapleton both had birthdays recently but they’re far from being twins. They’re both fantastic Town supporters though and the both were overjoyed with their weekend presents from the team...three priceless points. Now, who could ask for anything more. Best wishes too to Supporters’ Club member, Michael Tighe whose incredibly bravery at the Siege of Jadotville in the Congo 55 years ago was finally recognised by the Government at a ceremony in Athlone last Saturday.
Welcome home (complete with dark tans) to Mags and Liam who have returned from Spain and to Evelyn Shaw who jetted back from Italy. All three were delighted with Friday’s three points and three pints were had in honour of the occasion.