Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blues 3, Athlone Town 1 (28 July, RSC, Waterford)

Blaas for the boss!

Maybe not as good a performance as the previous outing against Cobh but the outcome was never in doubt despite Athlone drawing level only a few minutes after the Blues took the lead.

Ex Blues' manager Roddy Collins brought his side to the RSC hoping to deny the Blues but they were simply not good enough to do so. They tried but they rarely threatened.

Davie McDaid opened the scoring after ten minutes with a superb chip to the net after the Athlone keeper was caught outside his box following an amazing rush of blood. Derek Daly hit a scorcher shortly after the half hour to restore the Blues' lead. Dean Walsh completed the scoring when he came as a second half substitute.

Conditions were once again perfect....what a pleasure it must be to play at the RSC these days. Well done Darren and his colleagues! The attendance once again topped 1,500 and they all went home happy.

There is an air of smugness around the RSC these days.....job not quite done yet but very nearly. The fat lady may not have begun to sing but she is warming up and it's surely only a matter of when and not if at this stage. The smart money seems to be on the Shelbourne game scheduled for 1st September.

Rennie has his team playing like a well oiled machine these days. These guys really are a pleasure to watch. Once again Derek Daly was the standout ans Blues' fans will hope that plans are afoot to hold on to him next season. Once again, no bad performances in a Blue shirt.

Next Friday will be a challenge....a much improved Cabinteely away in Stradbrook. Without the suspended duo of Kenny Browne and David McDaid this could be a difficult game. The fans will travel in fancy dress and hopefully a strong contingent will be there.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle, Sean Heaney, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Shane O'Connor (Anthony McAlavey 58'), Paul Keegan, Garry Comerford, Derek Daly, John  Martin (Dean O'Halloran 85'), David McDaid, (Dean Walsh 62'). Unused subs: Ian McLoughlin, Gary Delaney, Jack Lynch, Robin Dempsey.

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