Shambolic Galway United slump to away defeat

Galway United's Stephen Walsh who hit the target in last Friday's First Division away loss to Drogheda United.

Longford Town 3

Galway United 2

THE hardest part of receiving bad news can often be in the coming to terms with that news, of accepting that things are not working out as hoped, and that is the situation Galway United fans find themselves in after a miserable weekend on the road which saw the side take just one point from a possible six.

A shambolic defeat to Longford Town on Friday night, coupled with an insipid scoreless draw against in St Colman’s Park against Cobh Ramblers on Monday, means United have now slipped out of the play-off spots.

There are those who will argue that the season has just passed the midway point, and that United are still very much in the mix, only a point off fourth-placed Longford, who occupy the final play-off spot.

However, on the evidence so far this season, making the play-offs would only be a window-dressing exercise as Shane Keegan’s side – on present form – would appear to have no chance of securing promotion through that back-door route.

United fans hoped for a reaction from the players following the defeat – and poor display – against Drogheda the previous week. Instead, they got another poor display, and another defeat. A manager needs to be good or lucky – and preferably both – but unfortunately, Keegan was neither on Friday.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.