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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.