Galway hit the goal trail in recording precious victory

Padraic Cunningham celebrates after scoring Galway United's second goal in Friday night's Premier Division tie gainst Limerick FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Padraic Cunningham celebrates after scoring Galway United's second goal in Friday night's Premier Division tie gainst Limerick FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 3

Limerick FC 1

THROUGHOUT the season there has always been one key element missing from Galway United’s game, an element which has seen their turbulent season plagued with so many missed opportunities as they failed to turn good performances into points.

In a nutshell, that element was having a clinical edge in front of goal, a flurry of missed opportunities in key encounters such as the recent games against Bray Wanderers and St Patrick’s Athletic seeing Shane Keegan’s men play the role of the gallant losers, while their opposition enjoyed crucial yet fortuitous points they sometimes didn’t deserve.

However on Friday night, the Laois man’s charges finally began showing that clinical edge, as in a game where they didn’t create as much chances as their accustomed to, or had the bulk of the possession, they managed to make every chance count and run out easy winners.

Two goals in the space of three minutes from Ronan Murray and Padraic Cunningham in the first half gave United a rare early lead, while Eoin McCormack slotted home his first goal in the senior ranks to make sure of the victory despite a late consolation from Garbhan Coughlan.

It was a game which started shaky for both sides, the opening 10 minutes seeing a lot of decent passing around the middle that didn’t really result in any chances of note.

United was getting very little possession in the early stages of the match and in all reality were relying on some poor shooting from the visitors to keep the game alive.

The best of their chances came on 12 minutes when debutant Joe Crowe whipped in a cross from the right wing past the Galway rearguard towards an unmarked Rodrigo Tosi, however Limerick’s top goalscorer this season would sky his close range effort well over.

United continued to struggle to deal with Tosi as the game continued, as once again he managed to lose his marker minutes later, but this time Lee Grace was there to block another close range shot – however, it was becoming alarming how easily Neil McDonald’s charges were breaking into the United box.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.