ONE MORE POINT
Both Longford Town and Sligo Rovers were desperate for all three points on Saturday night but in the end had to be content to share the spoils. Sligo move up one position while we move to within 3 points of Wexford Youths. On a perfect evening for football, some locals were surprised to have been outnumbered by about five to one by the visiting supporters. When the Bit o Red went ahead and their supporters lit a flare behind the road goals, it looked like it was going to be an other bad night at the office. Despite playing with 3 lads making their home debut and coming off the back of a bad defeat to Derry, the team really were really fired up for this particular challenge. While skill is vital, it was refreshing to see De Town's fighting spirit, determination and passion. We were duly rewarded with a Rhys Gorman equaliser just before half time to make the Clubhouse a happier place for the welcome cup of tea. The Sligo fans thought they had it all wrapped up after a free kick sent them 2-1 up. But new lad, Eddie Dsane showed great composure and coolness when taking full advantage of a Sligo blunder to slot home our second equaliser. We could have nicked it at the end but then,so too could they. There was a strange subdued atmosphere at the final whistle despite some rip roaring moments during the game. But it was the visitors really, who went home the more disappointed having squandered the lead on two occasions. Of course we'd have been happier with three points but at least , after a good solid, fighting performance, it was one more point.
GALWAY AT HOME
Next Saturday night,July 30th we welcome Galway to the City Calling Stadium for yet an other massively important game. Galway did us a bit of a good turn last week end in making sure Wexford didn't get too far ahead of us. Now it's up to us to narrow that gap even further with a win against the Tribesmen.Despite their recent win against Wexford, they haven't been firing on all cylinders of late and hopefully they'll misfire again on Saturday night. We surely need the points more than they do. If we can re produce last Saturday's performance, then anything is possible. But we need to see more people come out to support the team, last Saturday night's attendance was really disappointing at a time when we really need local support. See you Saturday night? We hope so.
CAR BOOT SALE
It's hard to think but next Monday is August 1st which means a bank holiday which in turn means our Car Boot Sale at the City Calling Stadium. These car boot sales are vital to our finances and so a good turnout is what we always hope for, as well as good weather of course. But so far this season the weather gods have smiled on us and so too have the excellent crowds. Before every car boot sale, we appeal for some extra volunteers to ensure its smooth running and once again we ask for some extra help. Give Liam Healion a shout on 087 614 1926, he's standing by now to accept your offer! And if you had forgotten, the car boot sale starts very early and finishes up at 3pm.
On Saturday night last we had a few special visitors at the CCS and we're not referring to the visiting clowns with the flares. Padraig Stapleton had flown in from London to present the St. Mel's Brewing Co. crate of beer to Seamus Leavy. The presentation had to be delayed until half time as the crate seemed to go missing but it turned out that it was just under special protection in a secret location. But all went well eventually and seemingly Seamus is now a confirmed follower of St Mel's.
Also present on Saturday night was one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, Phil Coulter who was present to see his son Ryan's home debut in goals. Phil posed for some pics but we didn't have the piano set up in the Clubhouse on time for his latest hit “De Town I Love So Well”.
Birthday wishes to stalwarts Paddy Donnelly and Seamus Murray who were blowing out forests of candles recently. It's not until August though that the real golden oldies celebrate the rapid passing of time.