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Dunne rings the changes but outcome still the same

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Kevin Devaney was introduced as a half-time substitute against Cork City, and made his mark with a brace of goals. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Cork City 5

Galway United   3

Scoring three goals in a game should, you’d imagine, be enough to claim the win, but that wasn’t the case in Turners Cross on Tuesday night as the hosts hit five of their own to close the gap on Dundalk at the top of the table.

It is the other end of the table that Galway United find themselves in after a sixth defeat in either games, and having conceded four goals the previous Friday against Shamrock Rovers, it is plain where the problems are.

Kevin Devaney scored twice on Tuesday night, with Kilian Cantwell bagging the other for his first goal for the club, but for the 9th time in United’s history, they scored three times in a league game and still ended up losing.

It is the 7th time United lost 5-3 in the league – against Shelbourne in 1979/80 and 1990/91, Athlone in 1984/85, Bohemians in 1986/87, Bray in 2001/02, and Kildare in 2003 – while they also lost 7-3 against Thurles Town in 1981/82, and 4-3 against UCD back in 2011.

Tommy Dunne made four changes to the side beaten 4-2 by Shamrock Rovers the previous Friday, with Cantwell, Conor Winn, Conor Melody, and Vinny Faherty all coming into the side. Dunne also opted for a change in formation, playing 3-5-2 with centre-backs Cantwell – he is not a full-back – Stephen Folan, and Armin Aganovic as the back three.

The tactic backfired spectacularly, with the home side scoring four times in the opening half, forcing Dunne into two half-time changes to switch to a more conventional 4-4-2, which gave United a more cohesive look.

The home side opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Dave Mulcahy capitalised on a mistake by Winn – brought back into the side after a nightmare showing from Sam Ramsbottom against Rovers – to force the ball home.

They doubled their advantage in the 21st minute when Sean Maguire got on the end of a Kevin O’Connor cross to fire past Winn at the back post. United grabbed a lifeline when Cantwell rose highest to direct Ryan Connolly’s free-kick past Mark McNulty; but just as on Friday night, United conceded shortly after dragging themselves back into the game.

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

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

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It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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