Date Published: 05-May-2011
St. Patrick’s Athletic 5
Galway United 2
Daire Walsh at
GALWAY United continue their search for a second league victory in 2011 as they lost out to an impressively assembled St. Patrick’s Athletic outfit in Richmond Park on Monday evening.
Things could have been so different for Sean Connor’s men, having found themselves two goals to the good early on, but they were unable to fend off a strong comeback from the Inchicore side, as they now lie just three points above bottom club Drogheda United.
Playing with a traditional 4-4-2 formation, Galway looked up for the game in the early stages and took the game to their Dublin hosts. However, Pat’s were also looking dangerous in the early stages, and they were unlucky not to win a penalty just four minutes in when Daryl Kavanagh went down under a challenge from Stephen Walsh, but match referee Neil Doyle waved play on.
This came as something of a relief to the Tribesmen, and they took full advantage just five minutes later when Shane Keogh (starting up front alongside Alan Murphy) finished past Pat’s keeper Gary Rogers with the deftest of touches from a Brian Cash delivery on the right.
This came as something of a surprise to the home side, who wouldn’t have been expecting to fall behind at such an early stage, and it was the visitors who once again came up with the big moment on 19 minutes, as Murphy clinically dispatched his penalty to the back of the Pat’s net after his shot had been handled en route to goal by Paul Crowley.
This was turning into a potentially season-defining game for Galway, but it was early days yet, and two near misses by Derek Doyle proved just how dangerous the Saints could be. Indeed, it only seemed like a matter of time before Pat’s would peg back Galway’s lead, and so it was on 24 minutes, as Daryl Kavanagh finished coolly past Fleming after being put through in a one-on-one situation.
This lifted the spirit of the Pat’s players significantly and, as the half wore on, it appeared inevitable that Pat’s would draw level at some stage. Sean Kelly did go close for United with a 25-yard free-kick on 33 minutes, but there was no surprise when the second Pat’s goal arrived six minutes later, as Crowley made amends for giving away the earlier penalty by nodding past Fleming from a Bradley free on the right.
St. Pat’s were becoming more and more prominent in attack as the game progressed, and Evan McMillan was just wide of the mark from close-range with four minutes of the opening period remaining. They had to settle for a 2-2 scoreline at the break but, after the way they had started the game, this was a more than reasonable position for them to be in.
Galway Unitedwould have been disappointed with the way they let Pat’s back into the game after such a dream start, and they now had a real task on their hands if they were going to come away with a positive result from this encounter.
In the opening moments after the resumption, chances were proving to be few and far between, though Pat’s were enjoying the majority of the possession. Galway were battling well in defence though, and seemed capable of dealing with the approach play from the home side.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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.