IT is said that a change is as good as a rest: for Galway United, we’ll see if the opposite is true, that a rest is as good as a change, when they host Wexford (now minus the ‘Youths’ part of the name) in Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday night (7.45pm).
United were all set to board the bus to Donegal last Friday for a league meeting with Finn Harps, only for the game to be called off after a 1.30pm pitch inspection due to a waterlogged pitch.
Ideally, United manager Shane Keegan would have wanted the game to go ahead as United already had already seen their away game against Cobh Ramblers fall by the wayside due to the weather, but instead he is now facing two tough away games in the space of three days later this month.
“We were looking forward to the game. Even though it was our first loss of the season, I thought our performance on the previous Monday against Sligo Rovers in the EA Sports Cup was our best of the season, so we were looking to build on that against Harps.
“Now, the Harps game is likely to be refixed for Monday week, April 23, just three days after we travel to play Shels. That’s not ideal, two tough games so close together, but it is what it is.
“The way the league is developing, it looks like there will be six teams battling for promotion and the play-offs, with maybe the other four cut adrift. Any team that has aspirations to win the title needs to be winning their games against those bottom four sides, so three points is a must on Friday night.
“If we get the win, and then take, say, four points from those two away games, we will be back on track,” Keegan says.
What last week’s postponement did provide was an extra week of rest and recuperation for both Danny Furlong and Robbie Williams, who have been struggling with groin and calf problems this season – Williams has only featured in the opening game of the season, against Athlone Town.
“Danny would probably have featured last week, but he wasn’t 100% fit, and the Finn Park pitch can be sticky, so it would have been a risk playing him anyway in case he picked up a knock.
“There wasn’t a hope of Robbie making it, but both have benefitted from not having a game last week, and both have a 100% chance of being involved against Wexford,” says Keegan.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.