Galway WFC 1
DLR Waves 0
Soccer Wrap by Mike Rafferty
Sometimes teams just do what they have to do in order to succeed and that appeared to be the case in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday evening as an opening-half goal gave Galway WFC an advantage they seldom looked like losing in this FAI Cup Women’s quarter-final.
It was California native McKenna Doyle who struck for the only goal of the game and, in the process, send them through to the last four for the first-time ever. Here the competition gets a lot more difficult as the top four teams in the league are all still standing, with one of Peamount United, Shelbourne or Wexford Ladies their opponents when the semi-final draw is made.
Billy Clery’s charges were comfortable 3-0 winners when these two sides met earlier in the league and based on overall performance, a home win was expected. To say they laboured somewhat is putting it mildly. Galway WFC dominated the majority of possession, but rarely turned it into a test for visiting goalkeeper, Sophie Lennon.
With the back four in the comfort zone and untested all evening, the onus was on the home side to create and finish and while they did a certain amount, they still struggled in front of goal. Chloe Singleton had an early effort saved at the near post by Lennon, before Sadhbh Doyle released McKenna Doyle behind the cover, but she lashed over from close range.
Doyle atoned for that miss with a splendid goal on 28 minutes. Meadbh De Burca provided the assist down the left and from her cross, the American student ran in to power a header past Lennon for a 1-0 advantage.
While Lynsey McKey dragged an effort wide, most of the chances were falling the way of McKenna Doyle, but her shooting boots required adjusting as the finishing was poor. The resumption saw the home side continue to threaten as Sinead Donovan, Aoife Thompson, Sadhbh Doyle and De Burca enjoyed midfield supremacy, but chances continued to be hard to come by.
Against a better team, they could have been punished and Galway WFC did have a late let off when ‘keeper Abbie Ronayne had to make a smart save at her near post to bat away a Catherine Cronin effort.
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Good luck England ! – as the poster and I screamed ….
Mark Gardiner, our man in Japan for the Rugby World Cup
Excitement has been building all week and even though Hiroshima isn’t a host city we are still getting a fair share of rugby fans passing through. Since last Saturday I’ve noticed some Irish fans coming into the pub, people who have arrived to take in some of the sights of Japan and then head off to take in the some of the pool matches.
There’s been some from Wexford, Mayo, Roscommon, Kerry, Laois, Dublin and Donegal but none from Cork yet! All of those fans will now be making their way to Yokohama which is situated right next to Tokyo and around 4 hours on the bullet train from Hiroshima. I’m giving the first two games a miss and will wait for Ireland to move closer to my adopted home city.
The Russia game will be held in Kobe, just one hour away, so I’ll be going to that with my son Tom on the eve of his 10th birthday. More accustomed to going to baseball games together hopefully he’ll see a try fest and enjoy a very different sporting atmosphere.
Earlier in the week, my Guinness rep walked in looking proud as punch to present me with five big Guinness posters for the rugby. As I unrolled one I couldn’t believe my eyes! [See poster below.] He couldn’t understand so I told him it was like having a Kirin beer poster with “good luck Korea” on it. He got the message pretty lively!
For some reason, the big story here is how much beer rugby fans drink. They’re very wary about bars, restaurants and stadiums running out so there have been numerous articles in papers telling landlords to order twice the norm. I had the local newspaper calling me yesterday almost begging me to tell them that I’d ordered way more beer than I normally would.
Tonight we have the opening game at 19:45 local time so hoping to get a good crowd into the pub for that. I will try and post some photos in the next few days. A big win for Japan is probably vital in order to catapult the tournament into the mainstream consciousness so hopefully, they won’t disappoint.
If anyone reading this plans to come out, there is a great forum on Facebook “Irish Rugby World Cup Japan Forum” or you can contact me on the Molly Malone’s Hiroshima Facebook page. Fingers crossed for Sunday.
Follow Mark Gardiners World Cup Diary here and on the Galway App.
Mark Gardiner is a former Galway resident now resident in Hiroshima, Japan where he owns and operates Molly Malones Bar.
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More than 70 kids under 12 in Direct Provision in Salthill
Galway City Tribune – More than 70 children under the age of 12 are living in a Direct Provision Centre in Salthill, figures from the Department of Justice show.
The Eglinton can house up to 210 people who are either seeking asylum or have been granted refugee status but have been unable to secure alternative accommodation.
The statistics show that the Salthill centre – which is for families and single females – has 77 residents under the age of 18.
Of these, 35 are aged four or under; 37 are aged between 5 and 12; and five are between 13 and 17 years of age.
Direct Provision is big business for service providers – figures show the companies behind Galway City’s two centres earned more than €77m since 2000. Last year alone, the Eglinton made a profit of €520,000.
The Great Western House centre off Eyre Square is for single males only, and there are currently no people under the age of 17 resident there. That centre has a maximum occupancy of 162 people.
Between both centres in Galway, there were a total of 359 occupants at the end of July.
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Drop in water quality ‘not related to cruise ships’
Galway City Council – Local authorities have rejected a suggestion that visiting cruise ships are dumping sewage into Galway Bay causing a deterioration in water quality.
At a City Council meeting, concerns were raised about the frequency with which warnings were issued this Summer, advising people not to swim in Salthill and Ballyloughane beaches.
Councillor John Connolly highlighted the issue, and was particularly concerned about the number of no swim notices and advisory notices warning about water quality, which were issued this year in the city.
Cllr Donal Lyons suggested that there was a view out there that one particular advisory notice regarding water quality in Salthill was issued soon after a cruise ship had left the bay.
He alluded to the link between cruise ships in the bay, and a subsequent deterioration in water quality, which has been the subject of social media commentary.
The Council’s Senior Executive Engineer in the Climate Action, Environment, Recreation and Amenity Department, Carmel Kilcoyne, acknowledged that that was the “rumour” out there but “it’s not true”, she said.
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