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Dunne contract extended as United build for future

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Galway United manager Tommy Dunne whose contract with the club has been extended for another two years.

THREE Galway players were celebrating FAI Cup success last weekend, while a fourth city native was the toast of the north-west after guiding Finn Harps back to the Premier Division for the first time in almost a decade.

Daryl Horgan from Knocknacarra and Tuam Road native Stephen O’Donnell (29) were part of the Dundalk side that completed a League and FAI Cup double in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win over Cork City in the FAI Cup.

Horgan (23) – the older brother of Galway United duo Colm (21) and Kevin (18) – has been one of the stand-out performers not only for Dundalk, but in the SSE Airtricity League in 2015, and it was his pass that set-up Richie Towell for the extra-time winner on Sunday. He previously won the First Division with Cork City in 2011, and the League with Dundalk last year.

O’Donnell is captain of the Louth club, and while injury meant he was unable to start Sunday’s decider, he came on near the end of the first-half for the injured Sean Gannon and dominated the midfield sector.

It was the second domestic double of his career, having also won the League and FAI Cup with Bohemian FC in 2008. He also captained Dundalk to the League title last year; and he won the League and Setanta Cup with Shamrock Rovers in 2011.

They were not the first Galway players to enjoy success on Sunday, however, as Barna native Ruth Fahy (27) was a central figure in the Wexford Youths WFC side that completed its own League and Cup double with a penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne Ladies in the curtain raiser to the men’s decider.

Fahy, a former captain of Galway WFC, transferred to the Wexford side during the summer and was tasting success at the second time of asking, having been part of the Salthill Devon side that lost the 2010 decider to Peamount United. After the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, the tie went to penalties and Fahy converted her side’s first spot-kick as the south east club claimed the cup 4-2 on penalties.

Meanwhile, going from the south east to the north west, Finn Harps secured their place in the 2016 Premier Division on Friday night with a 2-1 aggregate win over Limerick FC in the promotion/relegation play-off final under the guidance of manager Ollie Horgan, who hails from Dalysfort Road in Salthill.

Horgan has been teaching in St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny for almost 25 years, and he is a past manager of the Republic of Ireland Senior Schoolboys squad. He is a brother of Martin Horgan, who is the PRO and U-11 to U-18 boys’ officer with Maree/Oranmore FC.

Closer to home, Galway United manager Tommy Dunne has signed a new two-year contract with the club, saying that he had a project to finish with Galway United.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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United boss Caulfield not happy with recent decisions going against his team

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Galway United manager John Caulfield: seeking a fairer deal from officials.

JOHN Caulfield has called for better officiating in games as the title race enters its final run-in, saying his side has been the victim of some marginal decisions in games against the top sides this season.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Bray Wanderers to Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday (7.45pm), the United manager said the big decisions in games against the other sides in the top three – Cork City and Waterford – have gone against United this season, and he says the repercussions of those ‘bad’ decisions are only felt by the managers and players.

“It is disappointing, there have been a number of decision in big games that have gone against us, I suppose you could call them controversial, tight decisions,” he said in the aftermath of last Friday’s 2-1 defeat away to Waterford FC, in which Conor McCormack was sent off, and Waterford were awarded two penalties, the second of which they converted nine minutes from time for a 2-1 win.

“You need strong decisions being made and we had two big decisions, major decisions, go against us. Unfortunately, it is the manager that take the hits rather than action being taken in the proper channels and that is disappointing,” he said.

He has a point to a degree: Wilson Waweru was sent off in United’s first game of the season when picking up two yellow cards in the 1-0 win away to Cork City, with the second booking in particular looking unfair on the United man.

Another trip to Turners Cross in July saw another red card, with Ed McCarthy getting his marching orders in the 16th minute for a trip on Cian Bargary, who was breaking on a counter-attack. Despite the foul taking place inside the City half, and both Conor O’Keeffe and Conor McCormack covering inside, Wexford referee Sean Grant decided on a red card.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Moycullen lift the tempo on resumption in forging clear

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Moycullen's Owen Gallagher comes under pressure from Eric Lee of Oughterard during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Pearse Stadium

MOYCULLEN recorded their second win of the senior championship on Sunday against local rivals Oughterard at Pearse Stadium, with a powerful spell after half time seeing them pull away decisively.

After a competitive first half finished with the sides tied at 0-7 apiece, few would have expected such a clear margin between them at the conclusion. However, the 2020 champions simply blitzed their opponents after the interval, scoring an unanswered 1-6 to take control of the contest.

Oughterard were much improved from their opening round defeat to Corofin, matching Moycullen throughout the first half and playing a much more positive brand of football. Once their opponents went into top gear after half time however, Alan Murphy’s side were thoroughly outclassed.

Oughterard had a goal chance inside the opening minute, when Enda Tierney was put through, only to blast narrowly over the bar. Moycullen responded with three consecutive points, coming from Conor Bohan, Owen Gallagher, and Dessie Conneely, all of which were high quality scores.

The contest soon swung in the opposite direction, with Oughterard dominating the next ten minutes. Ryan Monaghan got their second point, when he made a strong run from the left wing and hand-passed over. Cian Monaghan and Niall Lee added points in a two minute spell, to put Oughterard back in front by the 16th minute.

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United contribute to their own downfall against Waterford

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack whose second half dismissal contributed to their First Division defeat against Waterford FC in the RSC on Friday night.

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IT was a calamitous night for Galway United in the RSC on Friday, with John Caulfield’s side slipping to a deserved defeat on a night two key players – Conor McCormack and Stephen Walsh – both picked up suspensions.

Crucially, however, while they were fully punished in terms of the game, their title challenge is still very much alive after league leaders Cork City fell to a shock defeat at home to Treaty United on Friday, and followed it up with a scoreless draw at home to Waterford in a refixed game on Monday night.

That leaves the Leesiders four points ahead of United – and seven clear of a Waterford side that might just have snuck back into the title race – with seven games remaining, so while there is huge frustration at both United’s display on Friday, and the failure to capitalise on the slip-up by City, the title race is still very much alive.

It was all so different in the 12th minute of Friday’s game when, just as word had filtered through that Treaty United had taken a shock lead against Cork City, United hit the front with yet another goal from Stephen Walsh.

Walsh – who many forget started life at United as a striker way back in 2010 – got on the end of a Rob Manley flick from an Ed McCarthy cross to fire home his 16th goal of the season from close range, and at that stage, all seemed right with the world.

It had been coming, as United had their hosts pinned inside their own half for those opening 12 minutes of play, but the tone of the night soon changed.

The goal proved too much for some in the away section of the ground: one United fan ran onto the running track surrounding the pitch in an attempt to join Walsh in on the goal celebrations, and was promptly ejected from the ground.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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