VALUABLE AWAY WIN
De Town scored a comprehensive and deserved 3-0 win away against Drogheda in front of a poor local crowd. It was great to see Davy O Sullivan open the account early (well, he does work in a bank) with a well taken goal after just two minutes. That steadied nerves and helped confidence.
The visitors showed a marked improvement all over the tight, little pitch and apart from a few patches, were in control of proceedings. Ben Mohamed, in particular, showed some excellent close control and time after time showed his attacking flair. Overall, every player played his part in this excellent, morale boosting win.
A heavy shower got rid of the wind for the second half with De Town showing some excellent sweeping, passing moves. Their industry was duly rewarded with Mark Salmon finding the net twice more and indeed was denied his hat trick by the paint on the post.
When the Drogs were reduced to ten men, their fans started to roll up their banners and when the final whistle sounded, more than half had already exited. Following their away draw against St Pats, they had understandably targeted us as their three points match. Any wonder then, their own match report called their team “dismal”.
DERRY AT HOME
There should be a very large crowd at the City Calling Stadium on this Saturday night when Derry City are our visitors. When we last played the Foylesiders, we won 3-0, in what our last game in the top flight until this year. That was a sad night when, despite our comprehensive win ( Dave Mooney bagging a hat trick ), we were sent down to the lower division.
This game will be the final one in round one and a home win would be the ideal way to finish the round. If Don Cowan is back fit, then we have every chance. Derry are always a good, solid team but then so too are we and with a large vocal crowd behind us, it just could be another excellent night for De Town.
CAR BOOT SALE
The May bank holiday Monday is our next Car Boot Sale which will take place at the City Calling Stadium car park. The last bank holiday car boot sale was an outstanding success with buyers and sellers attending from every corner of the country. If you intend selling, do come as early as possible and indeed if you want to buy, be there on time too. Bargains don't hang around.
On the organisation side of things, we really could do with some bodies to help out. If you can help out on the early shift, get in touch with Liam Healion but we also need more help just after three o'clock to help tidy up the place. It's a real hands on way of supporting De Town but it's equally as valuable as attending matches. See you on the May Bank Holiday Monday, it starts early and goes on till 3pm.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/APRIL
Congratulations to Kevin O Connor, our April player of the month. Apart from his wonder strikes, Kevin has been cool, calm and efficient in the middle of the park and his work rate is second to note. He'll be presented with his trophy by Anthony Carr before the game against Derry City on Saturday night. Kathleen Buckley was the second person drawn from the ranks of the Supporters' Club, so she'll be able to avail of a free cuppa and snack. This prize is non transferable though, Robert.
From Cork to Drogheda, there were a lot of miles clocked up last week following De Town. But three points on the road, made up for late nights and long journeys. It was noted with sadness that, years ago, when we beat Drogheda 5-0 away (remember our headline 0-5 in the O2), five of the supporters who were on the bus that night, have since passed away. Never forgotten though.
As our bus made its way back along the N4, between Mullingar and Longford, we were overtaken by the Sligo Rovers FC bus; hopefully the only time they'll overtake us this season.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the late Tony Murphy, Moydow, a great Town supporter, to the family and friends of Terry Mc Cormack, Killoe, a great all round sportsman in many codes, to Josephine Glancey on the death of her sister in law, Dolores Keenan, Newbridge and to Jim Hanley, our club Chairman, on the death of Pat Hanley, Rooskey. May they rest in peace.