Winning “must win” games brings its own pressure but we did just about enough to secure all three points against a dogged Limerick side on Saturday night. Mark Salmon was the goal hero on the night when his powerfully struck shot evaded the 17 year old Limerick keeper mid way through the first half.
It was a nervy enough start for the De Town and in truth the visitors should have scored early on. Kevin O'Connor had an excellent game and Ben Mohamed continues to weave his magic but was unlucky not to have scored more than once. Kaleem Simon did find the back of the net following some good work but his effort was ruled off side.
A single goal lead always makes for a rapidly beating heart and in the second half, we really should have extended our lead. We were almost made to pay dearly at the death when a looping Limerick header just went over the bar. The sighs of relief echoed round the grounds and were added to with the sweet sound of the final whistle.
That slender one nil win was enough for all three valuable points which in turn saw us leap frog Drogheda, Derry and Galway back to 6th in the league table. At this early stage, it looks like Dundalk will retain their crown while around us, it looks like a real tussle is set to last till the season's finale.
On this Friday night we welcome high flying Finn Harps to the City Calling Stadium in the FAI Cup. Encounters between us have always been close and tight. This tie promises to be exactly the same. At the moment, due to a myriad of injuries and sickness we have a depleted squad but hopefully some medical magic can remedy those problems. Both clubs are firmly focused on their respective leagues but a home win, with no injuries would be a great bonus financially and a morale booster ahead of our next vital league game away to Bray. Cup ties always have that added bit of magic, so be part of it and come out to support De Town.
GET WELL WISHES
The Supporters' Club would like to send get well wishes for a speedy return home to long time member Michael Tighe. Currently in Tullamore hospital, the Congo and Jadotville vet. is fighting like a lion to break the hospital siege and return home. We have full confidence in you Michael, see you soon.
Because of a hen night away down in Wexford, the Clubhouse staff was under severe pressure. We lost three hard working ladies, Mags, Mary and Avril. But in fairness to Emmet our boss, he rallied his all male catering squad who bravely rose to the occasion. Everyone was served, there were no tea or coffee accidents and the place was spick and span in record time with only five minutes of the second half missed. Well done lads.
CAR BOOT SALE
It's hard to believe that the June bank holiday is upon us already. Even the younger fans are saying that time is flying faster than usual. Anyway, hopefully some of those younger fans will be out on the bank holiday Monday to help with the Car Boot Sale. More volunteers are needed both at the start and the finish. If you can help with the set up etc, contact Liam Healion or if you want to help afterwards, just turn up at 3pm to help with the tidy up.
If you've never experienced our Car Boot Sale , then don't miss this one on the June bank holiday Monday. For buying or selling, it's now recognised as one of the best in Ireland.
Congratulations to Ben Mohammed who has been called up for training with the Ireland U 21 squad. It's a huge honour for himself, his family and of course the club. There's a real buzz around the City Calling Stadium every time he gets on the ball. The younger fans in particular are in total awe of his amazing close ball skills with many predicting a future overseas for our young talent.
There are many associated with De Town who also do some work for our local Cathedral, St Mel's. Last Sunday week,the Cathedral was rededicated following its massive fire in 2009. Again, many Town supporters were present in helping out and indeed we had two excellent family days at the City Calling Stadium to help them in their hour of need. Both the Cathedral and De Town are currently helping spread some local positivity, so well done to those involved.