Big chance for Galway United to get off the mark at home

Galway United's Conor Barry who will be hoping for a first home league win of the campaign against Drogheda Utd on Friday night.
Galway United's Conor Barry who will be hoping for a first home league win of the campaign against Drogheda Utd on Friday night.

GALWAY United’s First Division game away to Longford Town last Saturday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – no date has yet been set for the refixture.

Alan Murphy’s side will be back in action this Friday night when they welcome Drogheda United to Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm). The Louth side were tipped by many to be in the mix for league honours this season, and while it is still early days, they have made a surprisingly stuttering start to the campaign.

Drogheda have just four points from their four games to date after suffering a stunning 4-1 thrashing at home last Friday night at the hands of Cabinteely. They opened their campaign with a routine 4-0 win at home to Cobh Ramblers, but were well beaten when losing 3-0 to Longford the following week.

They were then dumped out of the EA Sports Cup when losing 1-0 at home to Cabinteely, before playing out a 0-0 draw away to Limerick, and last weekend’s defeat – their second big reversal already of the season – means they should not hold any fear for United on Friday night.

The Tribesmen have also made an ordinary enough start to the season, but one that was expected as the club undergoes something of a rebuilding process. United are still looking for a first home point of the season, having lost to both Shelbourne (3-2) and Bray Wanderers (1-0).

Sandwiched between those games was a 4-0 demolition of a Wexford FC that will do well to improve on Athlone Town’s return of just one win in 27 league games last season.

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

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