United’s feeble effort ends in frustrating draw

Galway United's Eoin McCormack breaking away from Mick Kelly of Longford Town during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Longford Town 0

Galway Utd 0

A poor performance both on and off the pitch saw Galway United get exactly what they deserved on what was a bad Friday for the side in Eamonn Deacy Park.

The highlight of the game was a first clean sheet of the season – and just a second in 38 league games under Shane Keegan. That, and the fact that one of the stanchions on the old stand gave up the ghost seven minutes in the second-half, leaving the turnstile corner of the pitch in near darkness, were two of the main talking points from the Good Friday meeting with Longford Town.

The other main point of notes was the poor performance not just by the side, but management as well, with the groundwork for a disappointing night laid by the decision to ‘reward’ Alan Murphy for a solid performance against Drogheda United the previous weekend by dropping him to the bench.

That was bad enough, but with United struggling on the pitch and crying out for a change in both tactics and personnel, the management team opted against making a single substitution until 10 minutes into injury-time. By that stage, the changes were nothing more than pointless, tokenistic gestures, which had absolutely no bearing on the game.

The visitors will be delighted with the result, having achieved exactly what they set out for – playing two deep-lying midfielders in front of the back four points to the fact Longford would be happy with the draw, and that’s what they got.

It all started so positively for United, not least the fact that Danny Furlong passed a late fitness test, and he came straight into the side to partner Eoin McCormack up front in a conventional 4-4-2 formation. That, however, was as good as it got for Furlong, who barely had a sniff of goal all night, so poor was the service to him.

 

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