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Blues in relegation trouble after disastrous home loss

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Galwegians Alan McMahon touching down for a try in their Ulster Bank All-Ireland League Division 1A tie against Terenure at Crowley Park last Saturday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galwegians 10   

Terenure College 14

GALWEGIANS suffered another agonising loss when they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in this tense Division 1A encounter against fellow strugglers Terenure College at Crowley Park on Saturday.

This was a clash between second-from-bottom and third-from-bottom, as the visitors Terenure went into this contest a point to the good after the previous game round when they overhauled the Blues. In truth, this was a game which had the haunting prospect of relegation hovering over both teams, and it showed in a very edgy and nervous contest where the fear of losing was palpable on both sides.

Galwegians had a slight wind advantage in the first half and they looked the more threatening early on, dominating territory. However their game was littered with errors, and any time they got into a promising position it came unstuck, with their set-piece and lineout in particular malfunctioning at the wrong time. Also they were being pinged regularly by referee Peter Fitzgibbon at the breakdown as the visiting defence held sway.

The home side’s cause was not helped by an unfortunate clash on 20 minutes between influential centre Brian Murphy and Terenure full-back James O’Donoghue, with Murphy departing the scene prematurely. Also they were unlucky to lose another key player in open-side Josh Pim who took an early knock.

Having soaked up the early pressure, it was the visitors who struck first when they scored after what was their first serious attack of the game. When a smart breakout by right-wing Jake Swaine pierced the Wegians rearguard, Terenure sucked in the scrambling defence before releasing left-wing Matthew Burke who dived over in the opposite corner. Swaine then landed an excellent conversion to give his side a precious 7-0 lead.

One thing the Blues have never lacked all season is heart, and they took the game again to the opposition. Their pressure was finally rewarded on 39 minutes when a chip through by out-half Aidan Moynihan took a somewhat fortunate deflection, landing perfectly into the path of substitute winger Alan McMahon, who took his chance well to dive over in the left corner. Moynihan then landed an inch-perfect conversion into the breeze to square the game.

The visitors did have their chances to regain the lead in first-half stoppage time. First Swaine was off target with a long-range penalty attempt, before Burke knocked on with the line at his mercy on the stroke of half-time.

Terenure upped the ante after the break and were dominating the territory stakes in the third quarter. They were playing a patient game working through the phases, but they met a solid wall of Wegians defence who also kept their discipline to not concede any penalties within kickable range.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.

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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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