Following a brave and spirited display against Dundalk in Oriel Park where we netted three times, hopes were reasonably high for our next away game against Derry. After all, Dundalk had put five past the Candystripes. And we also had some new signings which we hoped would shine.
But, alas it was a sad case of deja vu. Once again we were reduced to ten men and this time conceded four and failed to score at all. The reality is it could have been worse as they failed one of their penalties.
It was a long trip up to Derry but it felt longer on the return leg.
SLIGO AT HOME
This week end, more supporters will have the opportunity to see our new signings, who hopefully, will shine this time out. If we could just get two wins, we could get into the play off position , when anything is possible. So if we can reproduce the form we displayed in Oriel Park, then surely this N4 derby could see us kick start our season. And now is the time we really need to see more support out in the City Calling Stadium. These are surely testing times and it's now we could do with your support.
CAR BOOT SALE
Don't forget, our next car boot sale is on the August Bank Holiday Monday, from very early till 3pm. People from all over Ireland travel to buy and sell so don't miss this incredible opportunity right at your own doorstep. If you're in a position to lend a helping hand, it'd be greatly appreciated. Give Liam a shout on 087 614 1926.
Seamus Leavy is set to be become more famous when he picks up his crate of award winning St Mel's Brewing Co. crate of beer before the game against Sligo Rovers. Seemingly he has already arranged extra security for the event. Sponsored by the Supporters' Club, Seamus was picked by an international jury to be the winner in a caption competition. Hopefully, the international juror will be flying in to Knock to make the presentation. No expenses spared!
We know our sign saga is boring to many people but it's equally frustrating to some others. Anyway, on the trip to the north west, a keen eye was kept on the road sides to compare and contrast with the set up in Longford. Between Derry and Longford, we pass through Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal. The contrast couldn't have been more stark. To put it in a nutshell, it appears that there's a mini industry making road side signs to advertise anything from agricultural shows to lavender fields and a host of services in between. If anything, these signs show that a community is active and thriving. Alas, Longford's officialdom has a different outlook.