THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
I woke up on Saturday morning feeling very nervous about the day ahead. It was a mixture of excitement and nervous tension as this was the biggest day on our calendar since the last day of the season in 2007 when we beat Derry City and still got relegated. The day properly kicked off for me at quarter past five when I met up with the Section O lads in Fox's, our home for this season. Mark Duignan was a terrific host and allowed us to show Mark Neilans' DVD from 2004, 'Memories and Heroes' in the bar showing all our great moments in the past. We had some warmup chants and had invited the Waterford fans in and eventually they came in an hour later. The craic was mighty and the chanting was exchanged at regular intervals or at the same time when you could hardly hear yourself think or talk!
The One F in Longford fanzine was also on sale and was rapidly doing a rapid trade our first fanzine in three years and it was issue no 12. At last, we headed out early and me and our fanzine editor started selling the fanzines. It was a great opportunity to spot the famous celebrities coming in - Pete Mahon, Sean Prunty, Stephen Kenny,Vinny Perth, Paul McNally and ex Town kitman, Fergus McNally, all came in to cheer us on. It was a great opportunity to sell some of the famous men the above edition of our fanzine. Pete do us a favour and give us a plug when you are on MNS tomorrow night please!
Section O was at its fullest in five long years and the noise levels was massive. Unfortunately, we made such a poor start and I never saw the first goal as my back was turned serving punters. From what I heard our defending was shocking. Peter Keegan scored from a header past a despairing Craig Hyland. It took our lads a hell of a long time to settle and even though we had loads of possession our end product was extremely poor. Craig Hyland made a super save in the first half from Peter Keegan. Half time came with hope that things might change in the second half but unfortunately early in the second half -seven minutes to be precise when Craig Burns connected well to a Gary Dempsey freekick. We finally woke up but Packie Holden (my man of the match) was solid in goals and never let a ball drop.Thomas Crawley fluffed a great chance in front of goals. We also had a good call of a peno ignored by the referee when Karl Bermingham fell in the box from a Waterford challenge.All of our chances happened in the last twenty five minutes or so. From a Aussie Skelly cross Bermingham headed wide, Holden then made a super save to deny Salmon. It just wasn't our night at all when Stephen Mulcahy headed a ball from Bermo's cross and it nearly crept in.Waterford finally had a chance near the final whistle when Darragh Walshe blasted a Seanie Maguire crossfield ball over the crossbar.
The night ended in massive disappointment for LTFC fans in the estimated 550 attendance in a great atmosphere. It was Waterfords first ever knock out win over us and continued our five match losing streak. Understandably Waterford fans were delighted and stayed long after the final whistle acclaiming their heroes. It was a disappointing performance from us and a lot of the players on the pitch didn't seem hungry enough.
HUGE GAME IN RSC AWAITS FRIDAY
The only thing in our favour for this Friday night is that Waterford may get arrogant in themselves. It is going to be a massive task to come back from two goals down. Up to recently our away record was second to none and the lads need to get back to what they have doing recently. It was great to see Daniel Purdy back from his long absence. Hopefully Collie James, Mick Lee and Des Hope will be back as these players are much missed at present and are arguably the pillars of the team. Maybe the best ever thing is losing the home leg as it may be a wakeup call for the team.
The only thing that worries me is that a lot of people that have booked seats on the buses already might pull out early next week but I strongly recommend not to abandon the team at this critical part of the season. The team have given us great joy for the majority of this season and it would be a pity to abandon them just because we lost the first leg. Either you are a supporter or you are not! If memory serves me correctly four years ago Dundalk were leading the First Division for a long time and collapsed dramatically only for them to get promoted when Shelbourne let in a last minute equaliser and Dundalk got promoted. Kick off is at 7.45 pm this Friday so see you there!
BUSES TO WATERFORD
Section O already have a 52 seater organised for the long trip down south to Waterford on Friday. Supporters Club are organising a bus down south and more than likely go by Naas again so if you like this option ring or text Liam Healion on 0876141926 (by Wednesday evening at the latest). Ask nicely and he may allow ye all to stop if we win on the way home!
RETURN OF THE FANZINE!
The feedback from the fanzine was excellent and it resulted in us being sold out at half time. The match programme also sold out too. The best piece in our fanzine is something that I want to reproduce for these notes with thanks to our editor for the permission to use it. It shows wit, passion and creativity. Its an awful pity our players didn't have this on Saturday night last.
THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA
A IS FOR ALAN,KIRBS TO BE NICE.
B IS FOR BERMINGHAM HE SCORED ONCE OR TWICE
C IS FOR COUSINS THE GAFFER FOR YOU
D IS FOR DRIBBLE,WHAT GILLESPIE USED TO DO
E IS FOR EVENING,THE GAMES IN THE DARK
F IS FOR FLANCARE, OUR OWN PRISTINE PARK
G IS FOR GARY AND GRIFFITHS NO DOPE
H IS FOR HAVERTY,HYLAND AND HOPE
I IS FOR INJURIES. WHEN THINGS START TO GET MESSY
J IS FOR JAMES,COLM OR JESSIE
K IS FOR KEOGH,PRO FOR EVER
L IS FOR LEE,SAME AS THE RIVER
M IS FOR MONAGHAN, THEIR LOSS IS OUR GAIN
N IS FOR NIALL,OUR SEASON OF PAIN
O IS FOR OFFICIALS, WHY DO THEY NEED FOUR?
P IS FOR PURDY, WHEN HES FIT HE CAN SCORE
Q IS FOR QUEUES WHAT WE NEED I SUPPOSE
R IS FOR REYNOR HIS DAD PLAYED FOR BOHS
S IS FOR SAMMO, IN MIDFIELD OR FULLBACK
T IS FOR THOMAS C, IN DEFENCE OR ATTACK
U IS FOR UNSUNG HEROES, BAYLY,DEANS AND SKELLY
V IS FOR VENUE,WE ALL LOOK THE SAME ON THE TELLY
W IS FOR WILLO, AND WALSH OF SKILLS FAME
X IS WHAT REFS WRITE, WHEN THEY CANT SPELL YOUR NAME
Y IS FOR YELLOW, NOT AS BAD AS A RED
Z IS FOR ZERO, WORSE THAN BEING DEAD
GET WELL SOON
Our esteemed chairman of the Supporters Club is unfortunately has being hosptialised the last few weeks and is much missed. I would on my behalf and the club would like to wish Brendan Turner get well soon and hope he enjoyed the card that the Supporters Club gave to him.
I wasn't expecting my opportunity to be writing these notes again but Tiernan Dolan unfortunately isn't available and I am rather honoured to be doing this week's and next week's notes and I hope ye enjoyed the read as it has taken me a hour and a quarter to type these notes nearly catching up up with my one hour and a three quarter drive to Dublin to work tomorrow! Marty