Date Published: 23-May-2011
Sligo Rovers 3
Galway United 0
Galway United’s wretched run of results in the league – and their equally poor record in the Showgrounds – continued on Saturday night when they were comprehensively beaten by a Sligo Rovers side that moved second in the table courtesy of the win.
It is now eight defeats on the bounce for United, who have not taken a point from a game since the draw with Drogheda United on April 8, and just three wins from 33 league games in the shadow of Ben Bulben. That April 8 game is also the last time in which Drogheda got any points from a game, and the two sides meet in Terryland Park this Thursday night in what is a must-win clash for both sides.
As for Saturday night, United looked to have weathered the early Sligo storm, but once Eoin Doyle fired his side into a 17th minute lead, there was only ever going to be one outcome. Sean Connor rightly pointed to the positives from the game from a United perspective after the final whistle – the displays of Shane Keogh, Darragh Duggan and Mikey Gilmore in particular – but the July transfer window can’t come soon enough as the squad is in serious need of fresh faces.
Connor admitted as much afterwards, saying he is actively looking at bringing in new players – “we may have to jiggle players going out in order to bring players in, and I actually met two players today before the game” he confirmed. One of those could be Shaun Kelly, who is reportedly moving to Australia, and it was the full-back who was badly exposed for Sligo’s opener on Saturday night.
Aaron Greene – one of five former United players in the Sligo starting XI – easily skipped past Kelly out wide to drill a low cross into the box which Doyle met first-time, firing across Greg Fleming and in off the far post for his sixth goal in three games, and his ninth of the season.
It had been coming as the home side completely dominated the first 15 minutes, with United struggling to get out of their half or even string more than a couple of passes together. The visitors had a scare as early as the fourth minute when Greg Fleming dropped a Joseph Ndo corner from the left, but Brian Cash was on hand to hack clear.
United started the game with a positive 4-4-2 formation, with Bobby Ryan and Enda Curran playing up front, but before long Ryan was forced to drop back into midfield to try and cut off the supply line to the Sligo attack.
It worked to an extent, as the home side got no joy through the middle and were forced to go wide, but when you have the likes of Alan Keane and Iarflaith Davoren playing as old-style wing-backs, that doesn’t prove to be too much of a problem.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.