The pre-season has been difficult to say the least. A couple of decent results and a couple of humpings, none of which gave Blues fans a clear picture of how strong the team will be this season. The gulf between a First Division hopeful and a Premier Division challenger was clear to be seen but this could not possibly have come as a surprise to Blues fans, in fairness.
Cork and Dundalk both lamped the Blues, Aaron O'Connor's fabulous goal in Oriel Park being virtually the only pleasant memory....see it here.
A 1-1 draw against newly promoted Youths was a decent result, as was last weekend's defeat of Longford at the RSC when the shape of the new team began to reveal itself. Philly Gorman slotted home two penalties for a morale boosting win although it must be said that Longford looked very poor.
Philly Gorman slots home his first penalty during the first half against Longford:
Philly Gorman repeats the dose during the second half against Longford:
Friday night will reveal a lot but it will not deflate the commitment of all real Blues fans to one of Ireland's grandest football teams. They will turn out week in week out all season to cheer on their team.
All roads lead to United Park in Drogheda this weekend.
C'mon the Blues!