The FAI are set to rule in the coming weeks on a second attempt by soccer clubs throughout the city and county to prevent their best players being ‘poached’ by rivals . . . having already rejected one effort last year.
A proposed new rulebook for the Galway FA has been submitted to the FAI for inspection, and the national body’s Legal Director, Sarah O’Shea, has confirmed to the City Tribune that it is in the process of examining the new book to ensure it complies with the FAI’s own rules.
“I am in a position to confirm that the FAI Rules Commission is currently examining the rules sent to us by the Galway FA,” said O’Shea, who is also the Deputy Chief Executive of the FAI.
“This is part of a standard process for our Affiliates to ensure that rules are in compliance with the FAI Rule Book. The FAI has worked with the Galway FA over the last number of months regarding changes to their rules and we will continue to do so, on request.
“Once the rules have been reviewed it will be a matter for the Galway FA to pass the rules at their upcoming AGM,” she said.
Last June, an EGM of clubs affiliated to the Galway FA was held to discuss plans to change some of the rules governing the game in the city and county, and in particular to introduce the so-called Waterford Rule, an inducement rule which aims in layman’s terms to stop clubs poaching the best players from other clubs.
The basic premise of the rule is that the maximum number of players a club can take from the representative District League sides from U-12 up to U-16 is two players in any one year, and for every additional player taken by a club, that club will be liable to a fine of €1,000. That means ‘Club A’ can only take two players in total from across the five age groups, not two from each group.
At the EGM in June, this Waterford Rule was proposed verbatim for the Galway region, with the only difference being the proposed fine was increased from €500 to €1,000. The rule was passed by the vast majority of those in attendance, with only three clubs – believed to be Galway Hibernians, Mervue United and Salthill Devon – voting against it.
As a result of being passed at the EGM, the proposed new rule was then brought to the AGM of the Galway FA in July where it was again passed and ratified, along with other rule changes, to form a new rulebook for the Galway FA.
All that was left was for the new set of rules to be approved by the FAI, but despite the inducement rule being exactly the same as the one in place in Waterford, the FAI threw out the proposed new rule book, and asked that the existing set of rules be operated under for the 2013/14 season while work was carried out on the proposed new rules.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils
Galway United 2
Athlone Town 2
GALWAY United had to twice come from behind against basement side Athlone Town on Monday night to snatch a draw that was, on balance, probably a little harsh on the visiting side.
Completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, United had an absolute howler from visiting goalkeeper, Aaron Myles, to thank for going into the break on level terms; and then needed an equaliser five minutes from time to claim a draw against a side that came into the game having lost all four games they had played this season.
Alan Murphy’s side already find themselves nine points behind the league leaders just four games into the season, and a major improvement is needed if they are to finish in the top half of the table and inside the play-off spots.
Their central midfield was way off the mark on Monday night – both Maurice Nugent and Sam Warde were hauled ashore before the final whistle – and having abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which delivered some decent results near the end of last season, they are struggling to get quality ball into the opposition box.
With Shane Duggan expected to return to central midfield after suspension for this Saturday’s trip to Cobh Ramblers, it might be time to go with some out-and-out wingers and get some cohesion in the side.
The first couple of half chances on Monday fell to the home side, but Mikey Place didn’t get any power behind his second minute effort; while Marc Ludden was well off target subsequently.
The visitors, who had the opening half’s best player in their ranks in the guise of Galway native, Ronan Manning, went close a couple of times themselves in the ninth minute, United surviving thanks to Cian Murphy getting a block on Adam Lennon’s shot; while Kevin Horgan pulled off a ‘worldie’ to deny Joel Coustrain from the subsequent corner.
By that stage, the visitors were starting to get on top, and they took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Manning’s corner from the left was met by Taner Dogan at the back post to head home as the United marking was, not for the first time this season, shambolic at a set-piece.
Tempers were starting to fray a little, with both sides having two players finding their way into the notebook of Dublin referee, Oliver Moran, before United were gifted an equaliser in the 41st minute.
Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune
Doyle bags hat-trick in Galway WFC romp
GALWAY WFC notched a second win in a row in the Women’s National League when they defeated Limerick 6-1 at the Markets Field on Sunday afternoon.
A McKenna Doyle hat trick and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton and Aoife Thompson helped the Galway women to a resounding win. Five of the six goals for Galway were assisted by Lynsey McKey during what was a stellar performance by the experienced midfielder.
Galway WFC are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm) when they welcome league leaders Peamount United.
See full match report in City Tribune Sport.
Cup offers United chance to boost morale
HAVING insisted all year that Galway United’s First Division campaign has been about developing their young talents, manager Alan Murphy has admitted this Sunday’s first round FAI Cup tie against Leinster Senior League side, Collinstown at Whitehall Stadium (2pm) is about winning.
United have not recorded a competitive victory since mid-May, when they came from behind to see off Longford Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Eamonn Deacy Park. That win came courtesy of two Vinny Faherty goals.
Since then, they have lost eight of their twelve outings, with their four draws coming against Cabinteely, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town, and the First Division’s bottom team, Wexford Youths, who have won just two First Division fixtures this season.
However, this weekend’s Cup game against a non-League of Ireland outfit could provide a much-needed morale boosting victory for his charges.
“It would,” acknowledged Murphy. “Even to be in the next round of the FAI Cup would be huge; it would be huge for this group of inexperienced players that I have really. I mean, every game is a brilliant chance for these guys to get another little bit of experience, and to experience a different challenge, and this weekend will provide exactly that.
“I have said, week in, week out, this is a development year and these players need experience but this weekend is probably a little bit more about winning than it has been all season because of the fact you will be out of the competition if you don’t win,” he said.
Se full preview in City Tribune Sport.