We had a hard earned three points on a chilly Friday night at Flancare. It may not have been pretty but it was pretty tough on the nerves. However we managed another clean sheet and we won when not playing particularly well, so really as the sports philosopher says “a win is a win, is a win”.
Some expected us to win the game quite easily but more experienced heads knew it would be a tough encounter. SD Galway may be propping up the league but they have to win some time and it was fortunate for us, that their night was not Friday last. Jamie Duffy showed real tenacity when following through on what most would have considered a hopeless cause. He managed to nip in and head over the advancing Galway keeper following a nod back. Hopefully Jamie will add this, his opener for the season.
But instead of pushing on and making the game secure, it was our western visitors who took the game to us. For long periods they controlled the ball and bossed the middle of the park. Luckily for us, their finishing let them down. That's being a little unfair to Craig Hyland who had yet another superb game in goals and made a series of outstanding saves, especially one in the first half when, following a free, an SD Galway player connected and let fly. The ball was curling to the far corner when Hyland made an incredible save, despite seeing the ball late. He was called on several times during the game and he more than deserved his post match pizza. Keith Gillespie put in another outstanding performance but many of the lads were putting passes astray and even losing possession on many occasions. We missed a good few sitters but then again, it's always easy to score from the stand. I bet Kirbs, in particular was glad MNS hadn't a camera at the grounds for one fresh air effort.
But as one regular summed it all up, “remember last season when we played Shels off the pitch, but came away with nothing....it's not a beauty contest, you know.” At least the tense ending meant that we forgot how cold the night was!
There's nothing like a bit of Cup Magic to set the imagination racing. We've certainly had our fair share of magical dreams turning to reality because of our Cup success. But we could do with some of that magic dust again to keep the spirits up. On Sunday we travel to Dublin to take on Cherry Orchard, where , hopefully, we'll set out on an other glorious Cup adventure.
Cherry Orchard, who share our playing strip, was formed in 1957 in the Ballyfermot area and since then have produced a huge amount of talented players who have gone on to represent their country at the highest levels. David Langan Derby County,Birmingham City and Oxford Utd) played 26 times for the Republic of Ireland between 1978-1986. A few other players will also be well known to Longford Town supporters, for example Sean Dillon and Stephen Paisley who were great favourites at Flancare. Keith Fahey is an other former Orchard player who has gone on to greater things after his Sean Prunty clash in a famous Cup game.
A well organised and successful outfit,they're really looking forward to meeting us on Sunday but hopefully it'll be De Town who'll be enjoying the fruit of the harvest by the end of the 90 minutes.
BUS TO CUP GAME
Without doubt, the best way to travel to a Cup game is by Supporters' Club bus. On Sunday May 27th, we play Cherry Orchard at the Frank Cooke Park,Griffith Avenue,off Drumcondra Rd., Dublin and of course we'll be running a bus there. But you'd want to book soon to secure your place as seats are snapped up rapidly. You're guaranteed speed and comfort as well as the banter and great craic which is thrown in for free. By the end of Friday night last, booking was extremely brisk which was encouraging. And if you haven't travelled to a Cup game in a while, well now is a perfect time to make your come back. Liam's number is 087 6141926, if you want to secure your seat . But please don't put it on the long finger, our cut off date is this Wednesday evening. The bus will be leaving from opposite Lidl on the Dublin Road at 11.30 am.
Our annual Golf Classic takes place next month on Saturday June 9th at the Co Longford Golf Club. It's always a well supported event and this year looks like like being the same. It's vital that the team is properly financed if we're to maintain our push for promotion and this is one way you can help us. Every single sports club in the land is finding it difficult and therefore we appreciate any support offered. Contact Liam Healion or Brendan Turner who'll answer any questions.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our last Car Boot Sale was a terrific success despite the awful weather forecast the night before. Luckily the promised bad weather didn't materialise and a huge crowd turned out to bag the numerous bargains on offer. We now have more volunteers helping out which is a great bonus, the event just became too successful for the small handful of regular helpers. We'd like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the Car Boot Sale in whatever way, selling, buying or helping out.It's helping to keep the show on the road. Our next Car Boot Sale is Monday June 4th 10am-3pm, at Flancare, which is always one of the most popular of the season.
A few of the Supporters' Club members called on Noel Nolan, in Legan recently. Though now sadly unable to attend matches, Noel is completely up to date with happenings on and off the pitch and was in sparkling form. Noel was one the most regular supporters at both home and away games for many seasons and is sorely missed by young and old alike. Though primarily a soccer fan, Noel's knowledge and passion for all sport knows no equal. With a razor sharp mind and memory, the affable rural based Dub is looking forward to a sportfest this summer.While he hopes the Republic will do well in the Euros, his principal dream is to see De Town return to the top flight. Meanwhile, he's looking forward to the tennis, racing, some snooker and of course the Olympics. Noel of course was asking for everyone and might even make the Aviva for our Cup Final later this season. Noel always looks on the bright side.
George Hamilton, in Munich for RTE Sport, wished De Town well before the Champions League Final on Saturday and again mentioned the under reporting of our division. And finally greetings from our travelling chairman Brendan Turner who was strolling the streets of Rome at the week-end.
Peter Malone hasn't stopped smiling since his beloved Chelsea lifted the Champions League trophy on Saturday night last. The yelps of joy and unconfined ecstasy could be heard in distant Roscommon and it's now being rumoured that his grandson Jack will be wearing blue for the next five years. Keep that smile Peter. Meanwhile Johnny Nevin still finds it hard to believe that his colour of blue blew the reds off their perch with their Fergie time dramatic victory.
TRAP'S TRAVELLERS ?
Quite a few Town supporters will be travelling to support the Republic in Poland for the Euros next month. At least they'll be travelling, knowing that no matter what the result will be against Limerick, that De Town will go into the break on top of the league. The domestic league will be better represented this time than ever before. In next week's notes, we'll carry a full list of players who have plied their trade in our own league before making it in the big time. So to test your knowledge, do you know who these players are and who they played for. Text your answers along with your name to 087 9896269 and the winner will receive the incredible prize of a free cup of coffee and snack bar at half time during the Limerick game. As usual, no expense spared.