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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.