There was a small enough crowd up in Ballyfofey last Friday night to see us take all three points and score three good goals. Indeed in was like a case of reverse charges as Finn Harps beat us by the same score at home , and so doing dented our promotion hopes a bit. It was good to see Karl Birmingham score our first before the quarter hour mark, following good work from Gary Shaw. And it was just after half an hour when Shaw himself got on the score sheet after Thomas Crawley worked his magic in leaving to Harps players for dead before crossing to Shaw to finish well.
However, despite playing with a young side, Harps pulled one back on the stroke of half time and had us thinking nervous thoughts at the break. And though the local side tried hard to get back into the game, our experience seemed to be the difference and when Colly James stepped up to take a penalty kick with 20 mins left, it looked good. However his initial shot was saved but he buried the follow up to make sure of all three valuable points to keep our noses in front. It was a good away win and with Limerick starting to fire on all cylinders, it was a vital win in front of a small crowd on a cold night.
BUS TO MERVUE
This Friday sees round three of the league with an othe away game, this time against Mervue. We'll run a bus if we can get enough names by this Wednesday but that has to be the deadline. Ring Liam straight away on 087 6141926 to book your seat and to support the team in what will an other tough game on the road.
CAR BOOT SUCCESS
Our June bank holiday Car Boot Sale was our most successful we ever staged and that's saying something. Such was the volume of sellers and buyers that we had to open the ground itself as well as the tarmac area at the entrance. Of course, the weather helped, but so too did the massive work put in by a few dedicated volunteers, the first of whom was on site at 6am and the last was picking up litter after 4pm. It was also heartening to see so many local people with small stalls but making pretty big gains for their day.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH(S)
We play two games in June but we've decided to add those two to July for our competition for player of the month. So really our winner for July should be called a super player of the month. Keep your critical eyes open and don't forget to send in your nomination in time.
GOLF CLASSIC RESULTS
We had a great turn out for our recent Golf Classic and we'd like to thank everyone who helped, sponsored or participated in any way. The following is a complete list of all winners.
Nearest the pin: John Masterson.
Longest Drive: Robbie Cooke.
5th Place: 91 pts.: Charlie Madden's team with Larry Reddy,Eamonn Reilly and Pauric Smyth.
4th Place: 91 pts: School Boy League team: Ray Masterson, Eddie Connolly, John Masterson and Eddie Mc Giviney
3rd Place: 92 pts: Slashers with John Murphy, Pat Chapman,Pauric Smith and Niall Caslin.
2nd Place: 93 pts: Karl Devlin,Terry Devlin,Paul Hourican and Gerry Mc Hugh
and the worthy winners in first was Brendan Turner,Joe Toher,Liam Healion and Richie Maloney with a marvellous score of 99 pts.
We would like to sincerely thank our generous sponsors who made the Golf Classic the success it was. It's increasingly difficult to find an extra euro these days, a fact that all sporting organisations and charities will agree to.Longford may not be the most wealthy area in the land, but when it comes to supporting good causes, we're top of the generosity league. We'd like to acknowledge generous support from the following: Syl Caroll, John Gannon, John Crilly, Mc Carricks, Keith & Orla Poole, Michael Mollaghan, Syl Murray, Drs Kevin and Siobhan Flanagan, Dr Niall Walsh, Stephan Kane, Dr Mel Gorman, Dr Celine Mc Hugh, Joe Durkin, Dr. Charles Madden, Padraig Loughrey, Michael Dolan, Matt O Brien, Donal Brady, H.Tec Ltd., Aliaz Fitz, Tally Ho, School Boy League, Baney Mahon, Deirdre Gearty, Valu Centre, Mullingar, Hugh McGovern, Viewmount House, Knightsbrook Golf Club, Emerald Pitches,Austin Trappe, Peter Duignan (PGA, Pro), Robert English (Back Nine Golf), Michael Walsh, Joe Byrne, Nevins Taxis, Carmel Browne, Paddy Mc Donald, Dublin Supporters' Club and Brian Loughran.If any sponsor has been omitted by error, it will be rectified as soon as possible.
If you haven't already sponsored our hard working secretary Carmel Browne, there's still a window of opportunity. She heads off shortly to walk part of the Camino in Spain and to raise funds for cancer research and autism , two very worthy causes. So if you've a euro or two in your pocket, she could do with any support you can give.
Congrats to our young London based supporter Rose, who took part in the all Britain Fleadh at the week-end at Leicester University. Playing with a splint on her arm didn't deter this determined young lass who played both fiddle and tin whistle in the London U12 group. However the group finished 3rd in an extremely tough section and won't make it to Cavan but it was a display worthy of any toughened Town player , showing true grit and huge skill and smiling right through the pain barrier.