We travelled to rugby mad Limerick on Saturday evening with international oval ball fever at boiling levels. Therefore less than five hundred turned up to watch de Town get their first point of the season with a two all draw against the local Shannonsiders. Both sides had been pointless going into the game so both managers may have been reasonably happy picking up one point. Limerick had banned a number of supporters for unsporting behaviour during the week which led to a small protest; however events on the field of play were certainly not interrupted.
Former Town player Russell put the hosts ahead on 21 minutes. However, Davy O'Sullivan replied with a welcome equaliser. Their keeper had failed to deal with a looping effort and from the ensuing scramble Sully got the crucial touch and slotted past the hapless net minder. It was our first goal in the Premier Division in seven years... Dave Mooney was the last one to score.
A few minutes before the break, Limerick went ahead with another Russell strike and thus an eventful half came to a close.
We had to wait until the hour mark for Sully to level matters again. This time Don Cowan sent in a superb cross from down the right hand side which was met by the head of Town record scorer Davy O Sullivan. And thus it stayed until the final whistle which was quite welcome as the cold was starting to bite delicate fingers and toes.
Overall, it was a good point and away from home too. We came from behind twice and Sully is certainly not overawed by being surrounded by better defenders. And as one travelling supporter put it, we've notched up a point much quicker than our near neighbours did at the same time last season.
TUESDAY IS BRAY
If you're reading this on the Leader, then our home game against Bray is already over. If you're reading this on screen, then make sure you get out to support De Town on Tuesday night, kick off 8pm. We've had some massive and memorable games against the Seagulls recently in the play offs, so we know we're in for a torrid time. Never mind that they've failed to register a point yet, they're looking to pick our pockets in the CCS. Being a Tuesday night, they'll hardly have much support which is a very good reason for us to show up in numbers and be that extra man as Donald always says.
FRIDAY IS GALWAY
On this Friday 27th March, we head west to face Galway, (kick off 7.30) fellow promotees (not sure if that's a real word). Galway had a superb win against Drogheda at the week-end despite playing with ten men for much of the game. They're a tight knit bunch of players as we know only too well. They'll be looking to add to their three point tally but we certainly won't be handing them anything easy. A close encounter is what's promised with probably one goal making all the difference. Former Town supporter Matt Hynes has relocated to Galway, so it should be interesting to see the colour of his scarf on Friday. Contact Kieran on 083 167 0304 for a seat on the bus west.
Limerick had great plans to be in their new grounds by now but the plans haven't borne fruit just yet. The pitch on Saturday evening was way below par with a bouncy surface and very long grass. The match programme was awful value at four euro and the toilets, well, the less said the better. Overall the place was below the accepted standard but with the opening of their new grounds due in a few months when they host Cork City and with some crowd issues during the week, we'll be kind and award them one and a half stars.
The winning numbers from last week's Lotto (16th March) were 4-5-9-15. Jackpot wasn't won. The winners were €100 Colm Dalton, Soran, Ballinalee; €25 Declan McGoey, Ennybegs; €25 Rosemary Carrig, Ballinalee. This week's jackpot is €1,150. Big thanks to all our supporters.
JOIN US SOON
It's easy to join the Supporters' Club and we could do with your support. There are envelopes in the Clubhouse, just fill in your contact details and add ten euro if you're an adult and half that for under 18. There's a special post box at the Clubhouse entrance and pop in and we'll do the rest. Our final game in March is the Galway game. Player of the month for March will be announced after that and the person who will present the trophy will be drawn from the list of paid up members. Help us support sport locally by joining the Supporters' Club.
A warm welcome back to our gifted and efficient web master Padraig Stapleton who has returned recently from Costa Rica. Padraig brought his passion for De Town with him and he made a few converts as he travelled through the beautiful country and even has some photographic evidence.
CAR BOOT SALES
A few people mentioned that they didn't know about the Car Boot Sale on St Patrick's day. Each year, we hold our car boot sales on the bank holidays. So that means our next one will be the Easter Bank Holiday followed by the May bank holiday which is of course then followed by the June one, with a bit of a wait till August and then the Hallow 'een bank holiday. To sum up, we have our car boot sales each bank holiday apart from New Year's day.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to the Rhatigan family on the recent sad & untimely passing of Pauline, wife of Brendan and sister in law of Caroline. May she rest in peace.