United aiming for first league win of campaign against fellow strugglers St Pat’s

Galway United's Gavan Holohan who has recovered from a wrist injury and returns to the squad for tonight's (Friday) home league tie against St. Pat's.
Galway United's Gavan Holohan who has recovered from a wrist injury and returns to the squad for tonight's (Friday) home league tie against St. Pat's.

THE diamond shoes of Dundalk manager, Stephen Kenny, seem to be pinching his tootsies just a tad this week, after his club website carried a piece with him in which he bemoaned the lack of penalties his side has been given, while title rivals, Cork City, have been racking up the spot-kicks.

Poor put-out Stephen points to the fact that his side haven’t been award a penalty since April last year, while in the same period, City have been awarded 13 spot-kicks. It all smacks of Rafael Benítez and his famous ‘facts’ rant during his stint as manager of Liverpool.

“It’s a year anniversary this weekend since we had our last penalty kick in the league”, and “to not have a penalty in the league in a full calendar year is amazing” are two of the quotes attributed to the down-on-his-luck manager over at Oriel Park.

Three consecutive league title, an FAI Cup, a League Cup, a President’s Cup, and a European run which was both the envy, and the pride, of the league last year. Oh, to have those kind of worries here in the West.

Galway United host St Patrick’s Athletic in a relegation six-pointer in Eamonn Deacy Park tonight (7.45pm), and if perchance referee Derek Tomney points to the spot in favour of the home side, it will be United’s first penalty in 72 games.

You have to go all the way back to the thrilling 5-3 win over Bohemians in Eamonn Deacy Park on May 15, 2015, for the last time United were afforded a pot-shot at the goals from 12 yards. United could do with such a successful opportunity tonight, as it just might kick-start their season.

It has been a very poor opening to the season for United, who have just three points to show from their seven league games, and even a win tonight won’t lift them off the foot of the table, but it would certainly alter the mood in the camp for the better, as United manager Shane Keegan admitted to Tribune Sport yesterday.

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