Both Drogheda Utd and Longford Town desperately needed a win on Saturday night but both had to be content with a point apiece, following the 1-1 draw at the City Calling Stadium. With influential new signing, Dean Kelly having to go off within minutes of the start, the omens looked bleak. However, spirits were raised when Kaleem Simon found the back of the net after just 11 minutes and we dared to dream. However, we hadn't reckoned on those dreams being shattered by the ref who time after time denied us justice.
Shortly after half time, the ref did award a spot kick but it was to give the visitors a chance to draw level. Former Sunderland midfielder Thornton stepped up and duly sent the ball into the trees behind the goals to the relief of all locals. However the visitors did back on level terms with 20 minutes remaining. On a few occasions, it looked like we had done enough to have all three invaluable points but Schlingermann brought off some superb saves to deny us. At the final whistle the muted response from both sets of supporters served as a perfect summary.
On Friday night we travel to the Brandywell to face Derry. The Bogsiders haven't been doing very well of late but they showed huge resolve and a fighting spirit after going behind last week-end. They'll surely be looking to their home game against us to get a bag full of points. Every single game from now on will be tough in the extreme. After Derry we're back up to Dundalk for round one of phase three and then it's Shamrock Rovers at home. The road ahead is more like a mountain stage of the Tour de France. But it's great to see Don Cowan back in action and hopefully Kelly's injury isn't long term. We surely need all of our troops back fighting fit for the challenging battles that lie ahead.
CAR BOOT SALE
Monday ,August 3rd is our next Car Boot Sale which will be held in the City Calling Stadium from early till 3pm. According to the Donegal postman and forecaster, the August weather is set to improve. Hopefully the sun will shine on the bank holiday Monday . As the season heads to the final round of games, this is our second last Car Boot Sale. We haven't a clue as to where the time flies but we do know that we need your support at our Car Boot Sale on Monday whether buying or selling. Also, with many of our regular volunteers unavoidably absent, if you can help out at 3pm to help tidy up afterwards, it would be hugely appreciated.
JULY PLAYER OF THE MONTH
July was a particularly long month for the players. We had five games; Bohs, Sligo Rovers , Cork City , Drogheda and finally Derry City. So whoever is awarded the player of the month award for July will certainly have earned it. If my maths and memory are right ( I have yet to pass the Archie test ), we got four points from the same opposition in the last round, now before the Derry game, we have four.
Rumours are doing the rounds these days that we'll be seeing Damien Duff make his League of Ireland debut when he travels with Shamrock Rovers to play us on August 14th. He won't be the only legend to grace our grounds but he certainly will be welcome, especially if his presence brings extra media attention and an extra few hundred supporters. Every supporter counts, maths students or whatever.
The end of July saw a trio of “boys” celebrate their birthdays in some style. Congrats to Seamus Murray, Donald Keogh and Kevin Carberry all of whom were blowing out candles and all still managing to look as youthful as ever.