Date Published: 25-Apr-2011
Bray Wanderers 2
Galway United 1
Galway United manager Sean Connor slammed his side’s “disgraceful” defending which handed Bray Wanderers a two-goal lead inside ten minutes in the Carlisle Grounds on Friday night, and with it the three points that sees the Seagulls climb to second in the table.
As for United, they were staring at slipping to bottom of the table until Dundalk rallied from a goal down to win the Louth derby against Drogheda United, but that was of little consolation for a United side guilty of one of the worst 45 minutes of football from any team to pull on the maroon jersey in some time.
The United manager put the two Bray goals – both from corners on the left – down to a failure to defend set pieces and the abdication of individual responsibility by his players, but it is difficult to see how you can work on the training ground on dealing with such matters when you don’t even train as a unit.
“It was disgraceful defending, and we’ve kept the players in [the dressing room] after the game and spoken about it. It is individual responsibility, you should be able to pick up players and right now people are not doing that. I don’t know what to do about it apart from picking a different team,” Connor said after the game.
Granted, United did improve in the second half, and enjoyed long periods of possession, but without ever looking like they were going to get back into the game against a Bray side that always looked like they had another couple of gears to slip into had their grip on the match been in serious threat.
Once again Connor trotted out the line of the budget he has to work with, and while, as he said, “the facts are the facts”, it is no excuse for the paucity of performance from his side in the first half. If that performance is as good as his side can muster – and the evidence this season thus far would not suggest otherwise – then perhaps he would be better cobbling together a side exclusively made up of local players, or at least players who are available to train in
Galway with the rest of the squad.
Again, the budget line is the excuse for the likes of Bobby Ryan and Brian Cash training in Dublin and linking up with the squad for games, but that is looking more and more like a flawed set-up as, while that pair – and Shaun Maher and Steve Feeney – bring bags of experience to the side, the lack of unity in the squad is a major worry.
There certainly did not appear to be any leaders on the pitch on Friday night. We’re not talking about players having a cut at each other over mistakes, but the lack of communication between the United players must be addressed as the silence from the men in maroon was deafening on Friday night, whereas Gary Dempsey was a non-stop talker for the home side, offering advice, encouragement and the odd reprimand throughout the game.
For more, read this weeks’ Connacht Sentinel.
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.