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Galway FC boss wants charges to convert their chances

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GALWAY FC manager Tommy Dunne says there are no excuses for his side’s performance against Finn Harps last Friday night, but insists there is no point in looking back and instead he and his players are focussed on taking all three points from their trip to St Colman’s Park tonight to face Cobh Ramblers (7.45pm).

Dunne admits to being disappointed at not getting the win last Friday night against ten men, and says that his side needs to start taking their opportunities and win games when they are in position to do so, but he says that game is now in the past, and the focus is on the future.

“It was disappointing not to get the three points with the way the game panned out, but the last two games have been a learning curve for us.Against Shamrock Rovers, we had to play with ten men; and last week, it was reversed when we faced 10-men – we should have won both games, but hopefully the players will learn from the different scenarios,” Dunne said yesterday.

He says that once again he has had to drive home the message to his players that they need to start taking their opportunities, and that while there are still plenty of games left, the time for excuses has come to an end.

“There is no use crying over spilled milk, those games are gone but we have got to start taking our opportunities. It is disappointing we didn’t pick up two wins in the last two games, but we have got to look forward, and not back,” he said.

When it is put to him that his side had moved a point closer to Wexford Youths in second-place, and hadn’t lost ground on Shelbourne, who were held by Shamrock Rovers, Dunne takes a different approach.

“It was an opportunity lost – if we won, we would have closed the gap on Shels and moved above Wexford into second, but that’s the way football goes. Look, there is a long way to go yet and please God we’ll be up there at the end of the season, but when you are in a position to win a game, you need to go and win it,” he says.

The manager is looking for his side to get back to winning ways tonight when they visit a Cobh side that is cut adrift at the foot of the table, with two draws and eight defeats from the ten games they have played.

Those two points have both come at home, the Cork side sharing the spoils with both Shamrock Rovers B and Waterford United at St Colman’s Park, and Dunne is expecting a tough challenge tonight.

“Cobh is a really tough ground, every team will tell you that, and they are fighting hard, but I fully expect us to go down there and take the three points,” says Dunne, whose own side make the trip on the back of a six-game unbeaten run. See full preview in this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils

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Athlone Town 2

GALWAY United had to twice come from behind against basement side Athlone Town on Monday night to snatch a draw that was, on balance, probably a little harsh on the visiting side.
Completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, United had an absolute howler from visiting goalkeeper, Aaron Myles, to thank for going into the break on level terms; and then needed an equaliser five minutes from time to claim a draw against a side that came into the game having lost all four games they had played this season.
Alan Murphy’s side already find themselves nine points behind the league leaders just four games into the season, and a major improvement is needed if they are to finish in the top half of the table and inside the play-off spots.
Their central midfield was way off the mark on Monday night – both Maurice Nugent and Sam Warde were hauled ashore before the final whistle – and having abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which delivered some decent results near the end of last season, they are struggling to get quality ball into the opposition box.
With Shane Duggan expected to return to central midfield after suspension for this Saturday’s trip to Cobh Ramblers, it might be time to go with some out-and-out wingers and get some cohesion in the side.
The first couple of half chances on Monday fell to the home side, but Mikey Place didn’t get any power behind his second minute effort; while Marc Ludden was well off target subsequently.
The visitors, who had the opening half’s best player in their ranks in the guise of Galway native, Ronan Manning, went close a couple of times themselves in the ninth minute, United surviving thanks to Cian Murphy getting a block on Adam Lennon’s shot; while Kevin Horgan pulled off a ‘worldie’ to deny Joel Coustrain from the subsequent corner.
By that stage, the visitors were starting to get on top, and they took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Manning’s corner from the left was met by Taner Dogan at the back post to head home as the United marking was, not for the first time this season, shambolic at a set-piece.
Tempers were starting to fray a little, with both sides having two players finding their way into the notebook of Dublin referee, Oliver Moran, before United were gifted an equaliser in the 41st minute.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Doyle bags hat-trick in Galway WFC romp

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Paul Corcorcan

GALWAY WFC notched a second win in a row in the Women’s National League when they defeated Limerick 6-1 at the Markets Field on Sunday afternoon.

A McKenna Doyle hat trick and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton and Aoife Thompson helped the Galway women to a resounding win. Five of the six goals for Galway were assisted by Lynsey McKey during what was a stellar performance by the experienced midfielder.

Galway WFC are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm) when they welcome league leaders Peamount United.

See full match report in City Tribune Sport.

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Cup offers United chance to boost morale

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HAVING insisted all year that Galway United’s First Division campaign has been about developing their young talents, manager Alan Murphy has admitted this Sunday’s first round FAI Cup tie against Leinster Senior League side, Collinstown at Whitehall Stadium (2pm) is about winning.

United have not recorded a competitive victory since mid-May, when they came from behind to see off Longford Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Eamonn Deacy Park. That win came courtesy of two Vinny Faherty goals.

Since then, they have lost eight of their twelve outings, with their four draws coming against Cabinteely, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town, and the First Division’s bottom team, Wexford Youths, who have won just two First Division fixtures this season.

However, this weekend’s Cup game against a non-League of Ireland outfit could provide a much-needed morale boosting victory for his charges.

“It would,” acknowledged Murphy. “Even to be in the next round of the FAI Cup would be huge; it would be huge for this group of inexperienced players that I have really. I mean, every game is a brilliant chance for these guys to get another little bit of experience, and to experience a different challenge, and this weekend will provide exactly that.

“I have said, week in, week out, this is a development year and these players need experience but this weekend is probably a little bit more about winning than it has been all season because of the fact you will be out of the competition if you don’t win,” he said.

Se full preview in City Tribune Sport.

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