United aiming to build on EA Sports Cup progress in league tie with Limerick

Galway United's Colm Horgan clears his lines against St Patrick's Athletic during the clubs' Premier Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday night.
Galway United's Colm Horgan clears his lines against St Patrick's Athletic during the clubs' Premier Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday night.

VINNY Faherty found the net twice the last time Galway United and Limerick FC met in the league, and United fans will be hoping that he will fill his boots again tonight when Shane Keegan’s side made the short trip south to the Markets Field (7.45pm) in search of their first league win of the season.

The problem with Faherty’s brace in that previous game from a United point of view was the fact that he was playing for Limerick at the time, and his goals helped the visitors to a 3-1 win at Eamonn Deacy Park in October 2015.

Faherty has struggled for goals this season, finding the net just twice so far, with both goals coming in the final minute of respective EA Sports Cup ties against both the Mayo League and Derry City. He has now scored just once in 21 league appearances, but in fairness to the striker, the timing of both goals this season show he is still working hard up to the final whistle.

United fans will hope that he can now kick-on and find the net with more regularity, both for his sake, and the sake of the team – he has scored 31 goals in 24 league games for the club, and in games when he has found the net, United have lost just twice, with 15 wins and seven draws thrown into the equation when the name ‘Faherty’ appears on the scoresheet.

“One of the positives from Monday’s win was that Vinny got on the scoresheet. There were other positives – we were able to rest fellas, we got a clean sheet, three young lads made their first starts, and we are into the quarter-finals of the EA Sports Cup,” Keegan said after Monday’s win over Derry City.

That win has given the side a lift, even if it was pointed out by Colm Horgan that United have lost just one of their last six competitive games, and Keegan feels that his side finally got a bit of luck on Monday night, something he hopes transfers to the league.

“That [win over Derry] was the polar opposite to nearly every game we have played this year – we were better in at least four of our league performances than we were out there, but it has been the exact opposite, we have been playing well without getting a result, but there we got a result without playing well.

“We rode our luck and they missed a few chances, but we’ll take that all day, if we can play poorly at times and somehow get a win out of it that’s exactly the kind of game we need in the league now, that kind of luck rolling for us,” Keegan said.

While United morale will be boosted after Monday night’s win, Limerick won’t be lacking in confidence either as they go into tonight’s game on the back of successive league wins over St Patrick’s Athletic (2-0 in Inchicore) and Drogheda United (3-0 at home).

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