The above is the term given to Saturday night's game by one clever six year old, the Town had the ability to bounce back, or simply Bouncebackability. It was truly a night of some early drama, with teapots missing, MUtv photographers and cameramen milling around and a Euro song to be played at half time.
But as soon as the game itself started, the real drama started kicked off when we were awarded a penalty shortly after kick off. We had to wait a few minutes before an injured Mervue defender was stretchered off before Salmon opened the account. Strangely, we seem to score very early on in many games this season. But it just better with the Town putting the Harps game firmly behind them and played some exquisite passing football. The results were instant. The hard working Gary Shaw found Colm James and from 20 yards unleashed a rocket. Two up after 16 minutes. Within eight minutes we were three ,up following a delightful ball from Gillespie to Chris Deans, who bulged the back of the net. Some were still busy texting absent supporters when it was that man again Shaw. After more great work, he picked out Alan Kirby who duly obliged with goal number four. Incredibly we were four up and still there were only 25 minutes gone on the clock.
At half time in the Clubhouse the restored teapots were flowing and buzz was palpable. Surely we'd press on and add to our goal difference. After all, we may have won a lot of games, but never more than by a single goal. Maybe tonight?
The second half was a different kettle of fish entirely. Being four up, we simply let Mervue back into the game or else they forced their way back. Whatever, they deserve great credit for not throwing in the towel and for long passages made us feel quite ordinary. When the Galwaymen pulled two back, a certain edge entered the game. Even the scoreboard got a panic attack, went blank and when it resumed , it was going backwards which didn't help the nerves of some observers.
Eventually, the ref blew full time much to our relief, because if Mervue had scored a third, the Civil Defence crew wouldn't be sitting on their new bench too long....there would have been heart attacks all over Flancare. Still though, we controlled the game when we had to and got our deserved reward with four well taken goals and most importantly all three precious points.
Next Friday we make the fairly short journey to Athlone to take on our near neighbours. They too are doing extremely well but this is no real surprise as anyone who watched them closely, realised that they have a hard working skillful side which can beat any team in the League. Expect them to be in the shake up in mid October. We beat them 2-1 early on but we can expect a more dogged response from Athlone this time round. They're taking great encouragement from Harps win against us and quite openly, they're saying they expect to turn us over on Friday night. Any derby game is worth attending and this one ranks right up there with the best. Hopefully, well have a large and vocal crowd making what is our shortest trip to an away game. And please note, because it is such a short trip, the Supporters' Club will not be running a bus.
Robbie Shaw arrived quite late to the game against Mervue and was puffing his way up the steep steps of the stand as if he was nearing the summit of Croagh Patrick on a windy day. Pausing for breath, he asked if we could supply a lift. “ A lift is it you're looking for Robbie, sure aren't we four up, isn't that lift enough for any man !” was the quick wit's response. No answer to that one.
Hemmingway once penned a famous six worded short story; “ For sale, baby shoes, never worn”. Many of our opening games could also be summed up : “ Score early, sit back, concede, sweat.”
CAR BOOT SALE
Hopefully the April showers will produce the flowers of May an the start of a wonderfully long hazy summer. Well whatever about the long hazy days of summer, Monday May 7th will be our next Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale 10am-3pm. The last one was great success despite the poor weather and it looks like this one will be a real winner. Absolutely everything under the sun will be for sale at knock down prices. It's also a terrific way to clear out a garage or shed and instead of paying someone to take it away, you can make good money from it. It's a real win win situation and of you still haven't tried it out, then Monday May 7th is your next chance. See you at the Car Boot Sale at Flancare.
There was plenty of fun and games and no little atmosphere at half time during the Mervue game. This was provided by the colourful Dualtach who performed their song for Euro 2012 during the break. Needless to say it went down a bomb with plenty of people asking afterwards for more details of where and how the song could be sourced. They were accompanied by local Irish dancers who added great colour and energy to the scene .You can follow Eire Abu on iTunes,Youtube and Facebook. They've already performed the song at Airtricity venues in Dublin but found Flancare to be the friendliest and most community based. Though, they travelled from Celbridge,Co Kildare, they said they felt most welcome and at home among the Town supporters. The song is available in both English and Gaeilge and indeed it was amazing to hear them talk so naturally in their native tongue with one of the supporters' club committee members in the Clubhouse after their performance. And by the way, the title Eire Abu means C'mon Ireland, or so I'm told.
Many thanks for Padraig Stapleton for all his help with the administration of Supporters' Club membership; it's great having a real pro on board. We'd also like to nominate Mags for a bravery and dedication award who despite a fall which involved a dog and concrete, was on duty behind the counter at half time. The place was heaving but fair play to Mags, she broke the pain barrier and continued to smile as she served the hungry punters. Another real pro.
Our game against SD Galway has been moved forward to Friday 18th May due to an important European game.