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Refereeing clanger leaves Galway United chasing tie

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Galway United 0

GALWAY United suffered their second consecutive defeat away from home on Friday night when a more clinical Shamrock Rovers side ensured that United’s 22-year wait for a win over them in Dublin will have to wait until September at the earliest.

A clanger from the referee early in the game, and poor defending from United at the end, saw the home side score twice to claim the win and move above United in the table, though with results elsewhere over the weekend, it means matters are very congested at the top as United sit just three points off the summit, and there are just four points separating the top six.

United made just one change from the side that defeated Bohemians the previous weekend, with Kevin Horgan making his first league start, and just third appearance, for United as Conor Winn was ruled out with a hand injury.

The visitors got off to a decent enough start, with balls over the top for both Vinny Faherty and Padraic Cunningham testing the Rovers defence. One in particular caught out Maxine Blanchard but as Cunningham looked to get past him, the Rovers defenders stuck out an arm to block his progress.

It was clear obstruction, but Dublin referee Paul Tuite waved play on, and the feeling that United would get nothing from the whistler was confirmed in the eighth minute when the home side took the lead.

Simon Madden dinked a ball forward from the right-back position which Brandon Miele clearly controlled, and took down, with his hand. Speaking after the game, both managers admitted it was a handball, and one Rovers mentor said the fourth official told the referee the same thing, but Tuite waved play on.

Miele was 35 yards from goal and still had plenty to do, but as the United defence backed off, he advanced to about 25 yards from goal before arrowing a shot inside Kevin Horgan’s near post for his second goal of the season.

“I thought it was a handball, but we should have defended it better. He still had plenty to do, we speak about certain things and we said Brandon Miele coming inside was a danger, but we backed off and backed off and didn’t go and close the space down,” said United manager Tommy Dunne after the game.

The goal both incensed, and rocked, United, and they lost their composure for a while but they had a glorious chance to equalise in the 20th minute. Kevin Devaney brilliantly picked the pocket of Madden down by the corner flag before whipping the ball into the box.

Gary Shanahan came steaming in off the right wing to hook the ball back across goal, and it fell perfectly for Cunningham 10 yards out, but as he pulled the trigger, David O’Connor threw his body in front of the shot and deflected the ball to safety.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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