As a Bray Wanderers fan, it sure hurt getting hit for six by Shamrock Rovers last Monday. I can empathize with the Limerick fans who saw Dundalk put eight past their team the following night. There’s nothing worse than being away from home and getting a thumping from one of the big teams in full flow.
Still, at least I had the Rochdale versus Tottenham FA Cup replay on the Wednesday night to look forward to. Dale had impressed the viewing public with their 1-1 draw with Spurs at Spotland in the first tie, and there was hope amongst the fan community that an equally impressive display could be put on in the replay at Wembley.
In the end Spurs did to Dale what Rovers did to Bray and put in a half dozen goals. Like the game at Tallaght, five of the six came in the second period. I’d gone out in the snow to watch the game in my local and the walk home was a depressing affair. How many fans of an Irish and English team have had to see their sides both let in six within the space of 48 hours?!
The weather added to the gloom on the Wednesday as I trudged home. By the looks of it England were getting their share of snow too – Wembley had been clear at the start of the game but the surface was a white carpet at the end, making football near impossible. How ironic is it that Rochdale’s pitch had been the subject of so much negative press before the first game, putting pressure on the club to spend half a million relaying the surface in the week leading up to the game, only for them to end up contesting the return match in the finest stadium in England on a pitch that was becoming more and more unplayable as the game went on!
The snow went on to dominate the week’s football here, by ensuring there would be no football. All games in the SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions fell by the wayside. Snow 10 SSE Airtricity League 0.
For me the cancellations meant missing out on seeing Bray versus Waterford. I’m really looking forward to seeing Waterford, they look like they could be one of the surprise teams in the Premier Division and have made an excellent start.
So, assuming the snow, the Beast from the East, Storm Emma and all the other bad weather goes away, it’s back to business this coming week. Bray have Limerick at home and Sligo away in another Friday-Monday quick-turnaround brace of games. Hopefully some points can be garnered from these matches to get us back on track.