Galway United need to take all three points against Bohemian FC in Dalymount Park

Galway United's Stephen Folan and Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers grapple for possession in Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Galway United's Stephen Folan and Roberto Lopes of Shamrock Rovers grapple for possession in Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United manager, Shane Keegan, says a look at the Premier Division table would suggest his team has problems, but insists performances would suggest otherwise. The thing is, performances count for nothing when it comes to points on the board.

United might have dominated against both Drogheda United and Finn Harps, in terms of possession at least; while they also enjoyed plenty of ball against Shamrock Rovers on Monday night, but the stark reality is they have just a single point on the board after four games, and that is what counts.

“Look at the table, yeah, we have problems; look at our performances, it is a different story. If we play like that every week, well accumulate lots of points, I do honestly believe that, that’s for sure, but at the moment its tough, there’s no point saying otherwise,” Keegan said after Monday night’s defeat.

Tough it certainly is, and if United don’t get something from their game against Bohemians in Dalymount Park on Friday night (7.45pm), then things are only going to get tougher. Speaking on Monday night, Keegan said that he would like to spend the next four or five years at United, but admitted that unless results improve in the next four or five games, that might not be an option.

“It is a massive game on Friday, but they are all massive now when you’ve only a point on the board,” Keegan says.

It will be a tough game for United: Bohs started the season poorly themselves, with back-to-back defeats against Derry City and Shamrock Rovers, but Keith Long’s side steadied the ship when coming from 2-0 down to defeat Bray Wanders 3-2 at home on Friday night; and they made it two wins on the bounce with a smash-and-grab 1-0 win away to Limerick on Monday night.

Bohs were one of the sides tipped to struggle this season, as were Drogheda United. Both sides are already five points clear of United after just four games, so Keegan’s side can afford to be cut further adrift at this early stage of the season.

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