Saturday was a beautiful day until kick off time. Then the Heavens opened, the wind howled and we lost our way out at the City Calling Stadium. Normally games against Waterford are tight affairs but more often than not, we end up with all three points secured. Most expected a similar result last Saturday night against a side which is struggling.
For most of the first half we were chasing the game. At least there was a considerable improvement in the second period when we came close on numerous occasions to scoring. But close is never good enough. While their keeper seemed inspired between the posts, with a bit more composure the visitors could have nicked all three points too and that would have been a real sickener.
But a disappointing, solitary point is all we got from the night and the fact that the travelling supporters were still singing after the final whistle says it all really. Or as one wise punter said, “poor night on and off the pitch.”
SHAMROCK ROVERS B AWAY
Next up for de Town is a trip to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers B. April 13th is the date but hopefully our luck will turn on that day. Many thought we'd have taken six points from our last two games, instead we have only one, since the game in Cobh was postponed. This Rovers B team is a strange set up, they can't win the league and be promoted but they can do a lot of damage along the way. So far the Tallaght outfit have been mediocre but if we manage a decent result against them, we won't complain one little bit. Keep an eye on Section O social media output for any word on running a bus on Sunday but the Supporters' Club are not organising one anyway.
Like a host of others, I'm sure you spotted the error in these notes last week. Regarding the next Car Boot Sale, it was incorrectly stated that the next one would be the May bank holiday Monday. This, of course was wrong. The next Car Boot Sale is on Monday April 21st, which is the Easter Bank Holiday Monday. The writer of last week's notes has been severely reprimanded and has been cut two week's wages as well as having to pick up litter after the next two Car Boot Sales.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH - MARCH
Congratulations to our March winner of the Player of the month award, team captain Stephen Rice. He was a popular and worthy winner and who is to say that that will be his last such award. Padraig Loughrey, pharmacist, is his sponsor but wasn't able to attend to present the trophy. Instead, another Padraig, Padraig Connolly, stepped in and did the honours. This season, we're presenting the trophy as the players head in to the dressing rooms after their warm up rather than when they come out just before the game. We think this arrangement suits the players better.
LONGFORD – DUBLIN ASSOCIATION
The 60th Longford- Dublin Association annual Gala Dinner takes place in the Red Cow Moran's Hotel on Saturday, April 12th. Award recipients are Liam Caldwell and Tom Gilligan with music by Mick Flavin. It promises to yet another brilliant night and a special B and B rate of just €89 per couple is available. It's all well set up to take in the Awards night on Saturday and the game in Tallaght on Sunday afternoon. Easily known Padraig Connolly and Tony Gilleran were involved in the long term planning of the event. Tickets for the Gala night can be obtained from Tony Gilleran on 086 874 5213.
CHURCH GATE COLLECTION
Don't forget the church gate collection this week-end. If you'd like to volunteer your time, don't hesitate in contacting any Club committee member.