“A stroll in the sunshine” was the inaccurate account given by a top RTE Sport reporter about our three nil defeat on Friday night against in form St Pats. His one sided account never mentioned that the visitors were fielding an understrength side.
He also failed to mention that lone striker Gary Shaw caused plenty of problems for the St Patrick's defence and it was a crucial late tackle by Bolger on 26 minutes that prevented the possibility of him putting his side level. Shaw then turned provider on the half hour with a low ball across the face of goal that was sent inches wide by Mark Salmon.
But a brace by Chris Forrester (included a penalty just before the break) and on 50mns Chambers slammed the door on us with the third. Damien Duff was among the thousand plus fans present and what are the chances of him joining us next month. Slim to nil in all probability.
While St Pats were clearly the better side, we deserved to have been on the score sheet but alas, it wasn't to be.
BOHS AT HOME
On Saturday night we welcome Bohs to the City Calling Stadium. We owe our red and black strip to the Gypsies and one of Longford's greatest ever players, Willie Browne of the Battery Road plied his trade with distinction with Bohs many moons ago. Another less known, but more recent link is that Michael Quinn who plays Gaelic with the county now, was on their youth squad.
All of those links will be put aside as both sides strive to get back on the winning track this week-end. A Tiernan Mulvenna strike gave the Drogs all three points against Bohs on Friday night which in turn enabled the Boynesiders to leapfrog us on the table.
We need to have some of our more experienced players back and on top form for Saturday night's clash but we also really want to see more local supporters coming through the turnstiles too. This week-end is a big social affair locally and what better way to kick start it all of than by supporting De Town at home.
JUNE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Ayman Ben Mohamed who is the Supporters' Club player of the month for June. Since joining from UCD, the young man has been a revelation with his dazzling ball control and his stand out moment was his superb strike against Bray which earned three valuable points as well. His star is set to rise much further but for now, it's just June's player of the month which is pretty good too. He'll be presented with his award before the game against Bohs this Saturday night.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the family of Michael O'Hara, the Demesne, who died last week. Michael was a great and loyal supporter of De Town and will be sorely missed by his many friends out on the Strokestown Road. May he rest in peace.
A greatly valued '04 FAI winners Cup medal was presented to the Supporters Club recently by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. Although he clearly relished the win and indeed the medal, he said he'd like to hand it on where it can be put on permanent display in the Clubhouse, a place also fond to his heart. We ourselves are proud of the Clubhouse but on match day, we're far too busy making tea and coffee to notice our surrounds. It's nice though that our efforts haven't gone unnoticed by those who have passed through the doors. Your kind gesture has been greatly appreciated and as soon as possible the medal will have pride of place in the display cabinet.
We hear that one young supporter had a fantastic birthday party out Drumlish way recently. Congrats to Corey Maher on his big day. One of the many highlights for his celebrations was a wonderful black and red cake which even managed to include Section O!