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.
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.