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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.