Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
Salthill Devon 2
Monaghan United 5
Salthill Devon crashed to their third straight defeat in spectacular fashion as Roddy Collins’ Monaghan United ran out 5-2 winners in Drom on Saturday night.
The Seagulls were under sustained pressure from a well-drilled Monaghan side for a vast majority of the game and the bulwark of the Salthill back four was needed time and time again to repel the aerial play that Monaghan implemented throughout the game.
Nevertheless, the closest that either side came to breaking the deadlock was a 16th minute free from Gearoid Ó’Leidhinn which was whipped into the Monaghan box only for a free header from Ciprian Straut to graze wide.
A scrappy period saw both sides struggle to impose themselves on the game as Salthill attempted to play a more ground-based game while Monaghan continued with an aerial offensive.
An innocuous collision between players saw Monaghan defender Aidan Collins stretchered off after a long stoppage and also saw the any momentum that Salthill may have built up disappear as Monaghan pressed further with the sustained aerial pressure on the Salthill defenders.
That pressure reaped the benefits on 26 minutes when a crossfield ball from Jason Marks to John Reilly was nodded down into the path of Michael Isichei who beautifully looped the ball from an impossible angle over keeper Ronan Forde. Isichei came close again two minutes later as a renewed Monaghan (and Isichei) terrorised the left flank of the Salthill defence.
However, Monaghan defender Paul Whelan paid the price for a reckless challenge on Gearoid O Leidhinn who was awarded a penalty on the 38th minute. Ciprian Straut slotted the ball into the bottom left to bring the game level going into the half-time.
Salthill brought that confidence from the penalty straight into the second with a magnificent goal right off the mark by Victor Collins squeezing a shot underneath Gabriel Sava to put Salthill 2 -1 ahead. Four minutes later, the pressure was on again when Ronan Conlon’s shot was tapped over the crossbar in a wonderful save by Sava in the Monaghan goal. Collins then came close again when his shot shaved the post as a visibly more confident Devon outfit imposed themselves all over the pitch.
A chance to put the game beyond doubt was lost on 59 minutes when a contentious decision was made by referee Keith Callanan. A handball by Monaghan substitute Phillip Byrne was waved on as Monaghan struggled to clear a bouncing cross in around the goal line. Salthill seemed to take it in their stride however as a lovely passage of play emerged within the midfield as the players became more comfortable on the ball and with possession.
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.