Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
WHEN you’re looking to avoid setting a humiliating record of straight defeats, an away visit to the Airtricity League leaders isn’t the ideal place to attempt to stop the rot.
But that’s the task facing Seán Connor’s Galway United this weekend as the bottom side seek to halt a record-breaking 13th defeat on the trot when they face the pace-setters Shamrock Rovers at the Tallaght Stadium tonight (8pm).
United’s home and away record this season is fairly woeful while the Dublin side has an impressive home record so far this year, winning six of their eight matches at Tallaght, drawing once and losing once to Bray Wanderers back in April.
Much has been made of the defensive frailties of the United outfit this season and, while keeping a clean sheet must be the basic aspiration of a team shorn of confidence, they’re not exactly banging in the goals either: in the last 10 straight defeats in the league, United leaked 31 goals but have found the net on just five occasions.
Connor is a manager under pressure and when speaking to Tribune Sport this week, the Belfast native could scarcely hide his frustration and anger.
“Yeah, I am frustrated because people like you keep coming back to me every week pointing to the results. You keep taking cheap pot-shots and swipes at me and the team to make cheap headlines. Look at the facts,” fumed Connor, who continued at length to outline how he is unhappy with the training facilities at Dangan.
There are also other well documented financial problems at the club, including rumours about wages, which has led to a general air of gloom and low-confidence around Terryland Park.
Connor insists that the off-field issues are directly affecting player morale and the manner in which he can prepare this squad of players for competing at the highest level.
But they are problems that won’t be solved this weekend so, in the circumstances, how does Connor think his charges will fare against Rovers?
“Yeah, I think we’re going to win six nil. How do you think we’ll do,” he asked, with more than a hint of irony and anger.
“We’ll go down there and try to do our best, try to be competitive, try to keep a clean sheet and try to win the game. We’ve a group of young players who turn up at training everyday who work hard and who are trying to do their best but it’s just not a level playing field with all that’s going on (off the field),” he said.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.