TOWN SINK COBH
Thanks to a stunning hat-trick by the club's all-time record breaking David O’Sullivan, De Town maintained top spot in the First Division by defeating Cobh 0-3 down in Cobh. It's a long way down to the Co. Cork town and it can be a tricky assignment and one wag summed it all up with “ hopefully that's our last trip to Cobh”.
De Town opened the scoring after the hard working Gary Shaw fed Sully who slotted home just before the half hour mark. Following that goal, the home side upped their tempo but two minutes before the half time whistle, Sully set the place alight with goal number two following a Mark Salmon free kick.
Overall it was a very assured performance with Don Cowan being a constant thorn for the Cobh defenders. On 50 minutes and following a 50/50 challenge Stephen Rice indicated to the bench that he wasn't fit to continue and was replaced by Rhys Gorman. Hopefully Rice's coming off was more precautionary than anything more serious.
It was that man Don Cowan who helped send the travelling support into rapture when his deadly accurate cross found the head of a diving Sully who made it 0-3 and his well-earned hat trick. What a night for our top marksman, he bags a hat-trick on the occasion of being De Town's top all-time scorer. Nominating man of the match was never easier! And with eight consecutive clean sheets, Paul Hunt set a club record too. Any wonder the long trip home simply flew by in a red and black haze. Well done to all who made the long trip.
SUPER SCORER SULLY SETS CLUB RECORD
Sully or David O’Sullivan, it doesn't matter what you call him but the down to earth striker has written himself into the club history books with his incredible scoring prowess. Until Saturday night, Richie Parsons held the record with 43 goals in all competitions (but over a longer period ). Sully exploded to the top spot with his stunning hat trick (3rd of 3 hat tricks, I think) against Cobh to bring his strike total to 45 goals. He has found the back of the net 39 times in the League, 4 times in the FAI Cup and twice in the Leinster Senior Cup. And to put his magnificent strike rate into context, here's the tally from some other Town legends; Stephen Kelly 37; Eric Lavine and Keith O Connor 34; Dave Mooney and Alan Kirby 29; Dessie Baker 25 and Mark Salmon 23. Another history maker on Saturday night was a thrilled Paul Hunt who kept 8 consecutive clean sheets and creates a club record. No wonder he was grinning a grin as wide as Cork harbour when he was coming off. Well done lads and hopefully the records can be added to.
WEXFORD AGAIN, TUESDAY
This Tuesday July 22nd, sees us play our match in hand against Wexford Youths. Never mind that it's at home or that we beat them 0-2 down there. Mick Wallace said after that game that it was the Youths worst performance ever, so you can expect a serious back lash on Tuesday evening. They had their own hat-trick hero in Danny Furlong in a comprehensive away win against Waterford so it's a clash of the hat-trick heroes. But it'll be a lot more than that, it'll be a very tough, tight encounter from an ever improving and confident Youths side who fear no team and indeed will relish upsetting the apple cart on Tuesday. It's important that a large crowd comes out to support De Town because, should we win, it will provide a three point cushion between ourselves and Shels. But, it's going to be tough, very tough.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Mark Salmon should receive his June award, for player of the month, before the Wexford game, otherwise it'll be at the Waterford game. Mark has made a massive contribution to the Town's recent good run of wins and it's especially good to see him doing so well after his horror injury picked up in Athlone last season. Our last game of July will be this Saturday, so then it's time to start texting your nomination for the July winner. Text your nomination to 087 9896269 along with your own name and the presentation will be made on August 9th before the game against Finn Harps.
WATERFORD ON SATURDAY
City Calling Stadium, this Saturday evening at 7.30 is the place to be when we welcome Waterford. Always a tough nut to crack, this promises to be no different from every other encounter with the Blues. No matter what the outcome is against Wexford, it matters not a whit that we sit on top of the table. Bitter and recent experience has surely taught us that lesson. But what we really, really need is a large and vocal support. The players have certainly lifted sporting hearts of late and they deserve your support. See you there and be on time, this time.
Well, calling him a birthday boy might be stretching the imagination just a little but happy and belated wishes to Seamus Murray who had plenty of candles to blow out at the weekend. But no bother to him, he didn't need a second attempt.
ARTISTS AT WORK
Barry Masterson will be holding an exhibition of quality prints taken in the City Calling Stadium from July 31st to August 3rd in the former Grasshopper shop beside the Courtyard Cafe and Bakery. It opens at 7pm on the Thursday where you'll see the home of great football like never before. Another artist hard at work is Padraig Stapleton who has produced a striking website poster of our record breaking striker, David O’Sullivan...despite being on holidays in Madeira. And not to be outdone, Fitzy Óg also produced a fantastic image for his own record breaking tweet. Some talent we have on the pitch and some creative talent we have, off the pitch too.
Thanks to the excellent ( anon ) note writer who took over last week while this scribbler drank gallons s of strong tea after drawing home thousands of silage bales !