The hopes we had were much too high
Way out of reach but we have to try
No need to hide no need to run
Cause all the answers come one by one
The game will never be over
Because we’re keeping the dream alive
Those lyrics from the Freiheit Mnchener hit single of the mid-’80s sum up the dilemma the Southend United team found themselves in on Wednesday night last.
The famous Waterford city club, who were formed in March 1957, went into this derby with their Ballybeg neighbours knowing they had to win to avoid being relegated to second tier football for the first time in their 53-year history.
They had a total of 15 points going into the match and following the previous evening’s results which saw Ferrybank holding the new champions Carrick United to a draw and Bohemians losing 2-0 to Hibs, victory was simply a must.
Alas for Southend, Ferrybank and Bohemians, both on 18 points, played out a draw on Sunday last so this win against Alfie Hale’s Saints proved to be in vain and United drop down a division.
It was a very strange scenario to say the least, but Southend came up trumps to extend their unbeaten run to eight games, and extend the possibility of an escape of Houdini proportions.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full match report.