GOOD AWAY WIN
Wexford is never an easy place to get a result but we came away with all three valuable points.
The hosts started brightly enough on a dark evening with Sam Verdon making his debut for De Town. With the visitors playing a high square defensive line, Town netminder Paul Skinner was forced into some hair raising excursions to claim through balls, one from the feet of Wexford's Dobbs. Skinner was forced into some last ditch kicked clearances too, the last of which spiralled away for a corner and he showed real calm when chesting an overhit backpass for another.
Don Cowan was his usual speedy self though he managed to stray offside three times, including once when the ball ended up in the Wexford net. But a sizzling right hand cross out foxed the home keeper with new boy Verdon steaming in to register a brave header as he collided with the far post. Scoring on your debut was a lovely feeling for both player and elated manager. With just five minutes into the second half Jake Kelly fired in a precision corner form the right. The ball was cleared but only as far as Tristan who fired it to the back of the net from the edge of the box. Most thought that would wrap up the drama but a couple of more incidents were to follow. Skinner was beaten by a long range shot to make things just a touch nervy. But the most peculiar incident was when a Wexford sub brought down Kealan Dillon with a rash tackle and, which resulted in him landing on top of the hapless Dillon. Dillon naturally pushed the offending player off him as they both lay sprawled on the pitch. After awarding a free to De Town, the ref then flashed a red card at poor Kealan.
But, in reality the visitors were much superior at this stage and weren't tested despite despite their numerical inferiority. In summary on a dark summery night, we could and maybe should have won by more but the three points were all that mattered.
SHELS AT HOME
This Saturday night we welcome Shelbourne to the City Calling Stadium with the usual 7.30pm kick off. Shels were surprisingly beaten by Wexford two weeks ago and again last week by Cabinteely with an added time goal. So, we can expect a bit of fight back from Shels. At the moment we sit in fourth place on 28 points ahead of Cabinteely on goal difference but with Shels just one behind on 26 points. So a win for our visitors would allow them to leapfrog us. However, we're playing with a different brand of football under Neale Fenn and confidence seems to be on the rise, so with home advantage and good local support, hopefully we can maintain our winning ways.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to Cody Mulhall on the recent and sudden death of his father, Cathal Mulhall. We also extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Damola Adetosoye on his recent tragic death at such a young age. Damola played many times at the City Calling Stadium and was a very promising and gifted young talent. May they both rest in peace.
Anyone who has viewed the recent drone footage of the City Calling Stadium on our website has to have been impressed. Judging by the amount of likes and shares, that is certainly the case. An other thing that strikes home about the marvellous footage is the quality of our facilities. What other club , rural or urban have all seater stadium with a superb car park along an national roadway. Hopefully those in charge of international youth affairs in the FAI will throw their eye on the drone footage and award us some sort of international underage game. As they say nowadays, it's a no brainer. Well done to Eoin Comerford on his camera skills ; greatly appreciated.
CAR BOOT SALE
With time ticking on, we're now well into the last week of July. For some that means holidays in sunnier climes for others it means that the August car boot sale is drawing ever nearer. For this August bank holiday car boot sale, we really do need more volunteers as some of the reliable volunteers will be on well deserved breaks. Give Liam Healion a shout if you can help in any way. Monday August 7th is the date for the Car Boot Sale which also sees a full moon thrown in for free.
Andy Dardis was over the moon with the first draw of the new 50/50 Lotto. Eoin Fagan, Ballinalee was the first winner and a delighted Eoin picked up a cheque for €600 at half time during the game against Waterford. It's much simpler to play and half of the earnings go straight to the one winner. So the more people who play the lotto, the bigger the prize. Simple. And so far so good. Well done to Andy and all his promoters and sellers. The second draw was won by James McGuinness, who picks up a cheque for a very handy €600....winners alright !
Best wishes to Sinead Keegan, our merchandise manager , on her recent birthday bash. Seemingly the celebrations went well on into the night and only selected photos were allowed to be published. Club legend Donald Keogh was also celebrating a birthday recently as was one of the league's top groundsman, our own Seamus Murray. But not too many go to South America to blow out the candles, something our former chairperson Kevin Carberry will be doing this week.
Well done to out two underage teams who had excellent results again this past week end and to Aodh Dervan who was involved with the Irish U19s at Abbotstown last week.
Congrats too to the Academy organisers who are attracting huge crowds to the City Calling Stadium. For sure, the future of De Town looks secure.
The notes were written and sent out last week but seemingly ended up floating around in cyber space or somewhere in the distant ether. There were no official complaints and no one seemed to notice. But in the unlikely event that you were concerned for the note writer's well being, there's not a loss on him. Just must have pressed the delete button instead of send.
SLIGO IN THE CUP
We've been drawn at home against full-time side Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup at a date to be decided. Sligo haven't been flying as high as they'd like and judging by social media comments from the north west, this draw against us is about as good as it gets for an away fixture and a large travelling crowd is anticipated. For older members of both clubs, a certain cup tie played back in the 1960s will come to mind. The Bit O'Red were fielding a superb side against lowly Longford at a game played at the Park Road venue. The Sligo supporters travelled in their thousands and even had a special train for the occasion. They were expected to thrash De Town. But sport being sport and not an exact science, the locals were victorious to the utter disgust of the large and boisterous Sligo following. One memory etched on this Town supporter's mind was the sight of Sligo flags been burned by Sligo fans. Could history repeat itself? Be there to find out!