It was more like sodden soccer than summer soccer last Saturday night after a day of non stop rain which continued right throughout our game against Shamrock Rovers. The rain was so bad the visiting supporters were allowed into the stand. Shamrock Rovers are supposed to be a top professional team so we wondered how we'd cope facing the mighty Hoops. From early on, it was the home side that was on top despite the atrocious conditions and a changed starting eleven. But slippery conditions and an unfortunate mishap put paid to what could have been a super night in the rain. Kaleem Simon was pulled down in the penalty area when straight through on goal but the ref waved play on. Had we scored from what should have been a penalty, well, we'll never know now. It got worse when our keeper Paul Skinner fell awkwardly following a kick out and he had to be replaced by 19 year old Ian Molloy.
The battling Town were dealt another hammer blow when the hosts were gifted their lead goal following an OG. Despite this set back, De Town continued to get back in the game. But then the slippery conditions played a cruel hand when Molloy slipped coming to gather with the ball ending up in the net. After that, it seemed like the heart went out of the struggle.
It was a truly a cruel night when the score certainly didn't reflect the heroic effort on the pitch. Overall our performances are improving and hopefully we can something from Tuesday night when fellow strugglers Wexford Youths come to town.
Tuesday night, May 10th sees Wexford Youths visit the City Calling Stadium with an 8pm kick off. It's an usual time for a hugely important game for both sides. Wexford are the only side we've beaten this season so far and hopefully that will continue. The attendance on Saturday night was poor because of the dreadful weather conditions but according to the weather experts, we should be in for a balmy night on Tuesday. But, in reality, we'd settle for torrential rain again if we could bag all three vital points. It's equally as vital that a good crowd comes out to support the Town on Tuesday. After the Wexford game, we're on the road to Richmond Park to tackle St Patrick's Athletic on Friday 13th. Surely our luck will have changed by then!
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / APRIL
Noel Haverty was the winner of the April player of the month and we had a young member of the Supporters' Club all ready to make the presentation but unfortunately Noel suffered a broken arm and wasn't able to be in attendance. The presentation will be made at the earliest opportunity.
The Supporters' Club has reversed its cup of tea price increase and from last Saturday we reverted to just €1. However, there is a tiny increase on the price of some bars as no one expects us to be operating at a loss. Every single cent is vital as we strive to support the club financially and at the same time provide a first rate service to our fellow members. We were grateful for the extra volunteers who served behind the counter last Saturday night but really, we could do with more help at the Car Boot Sales. Our next one is the June Bank Holiday which is fast approaching.
Former player Pat Sullivan was a welcome returnee for the game against the Tallaght outfit. Brian Donlon, son of the legendary John, made the long trip from Cork and was impressed with the fighting spirit of the lads.
There was also a group of young lads at the game for whom the CCS was plan B as their bouncy castle for a First Communion was unplayable...it's an ill wind and all that.
The Supporters Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to loyal supporter Pat Wall on the sudden and sad death of his brother Gerry. May he rest in peace.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
We make no bones about the fact that we're struggling to keep De Town show on the road. Recently the Supporters' Club invested in new, clear and expensive road signage to help promote our home games.
On Sunday morning last at 9.10 am, at the Red Cow Roundabout, two men in a new grey van were observed by a supporters' club member removing one of these signs. We fail to see what they could have gained from their idiotic action and if they can read this, we'd ask that they return our sign.