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Galway United battle hard but get nothing from clash against Dunne’s old club

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Galway United's Jake Keegan comes under pressure from Sean Thornton of Drogheda United during Friday night's Premier Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY United suffered their third defeat in four games on Tuesday, losing 2-0 to Cork City at Turner’s Cross.

Tommy Dunne’s men earned their first victory on returning to the Premier Division this season against Dundalk last Friday, but they couldn’t back it up on their trip down south although Galway United provided stiffer resistance than the scoreline suggests.

Dunne will be anxious that they re-focus for this Friday evening’s match against Longford Town at Eamonn Deacy Park – it is one of the teams Galway should be targeting to take points off, which could become vital in the battle for survival later in the year.

Former Galway United player Karl Sheppard headed Cork’s opening goal 35 minutes into the first half and from there it always looked likely the hosts would edge what was their 1,000th League of Ireland game since it was founded in 1984.

Galway never threatened in the opening half but had a couple of chances on the resumption to draw level – Gary Shanahan’s shot was deflected out for a corner on 57 minutes while Stephen’s Walsh’s header from the corner was nudged over the bar by Jake Keegan.

Keegan had a chance later on in the game with an effort that was dragged wide but by that stage Cork had established a two-goal lead.

Gavan Holohan went close just before Alan Bennett headed to the net, getting on the end of a Billy Dennehy corner delivery to double their advantage.

Shanahan had a chance late on to bag a consolation score for Galway but he was denied by goalkeeper Mark McNulty.

This was Dunne’s first visit to Turner’s Cross as a manager since he left the club in 2013 and he was warmly received by the local supporters.

He was forced to field without Sam Oji, who was sent off in the win over Dundalk; the goal-scorer last Friday, Enda Curran, was also left out due to injury, while Colm Horgan had flu.

The suspension of Oji paved the way for Galway’s newest signing, Kevin Garcia, to feature in his first start with the club.

The 24-year-old defender from Queens in New York made his breakthrough in the US College leagues representing Villanova University before being drafted by MLS side New England Revolution in 2012.

Following spells of first team football at Long Island Rough Riders and Icon FC in New Jersey, Garcia secured a move to Sweden with IFK Luleå where he has been plying his trade since August 2013.

A dynamic, left-footed big and strong defender, Garcia had been training with Galway for a number of weeks leading up to his debut Tuesday.  Prior to his debut, the American expressed relief at finally having put pen to paper.

“It has been a long, tedious process,” he said.  “I’ve been in talks with Tommy Dunne since the end of January, I’m just glad that it’s finally sorted itself out and now I’m ready to concentrate on my football and help the team out in any way I can.

“Every week is better. In my first week I was a little tired, I was just getting my fitness back. I knew I needed to get myself back to where I was initially, I feel confident now.

All the guys have been so welcoming, it’s nice to have another American in the group too (Jake Keegan), it made the transition that bit easier but as I said, I have no complaints, all the guys have been very welcoming,” added Garcia.

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Barna collect two cups in a week after seeing off Stars

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Barna's Cathal Folan breaking past the challenge of Tuam Stars' John Donnellan during the 2020 County junior football final at Pearse Stadium on Friday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy

BARNA 0-13

TUAM STARS 1-8

Mark Walsh at Pearse Stadium

FOR the second time in seven days, Barna brought a cup back out the R336 road from Salthill.

Last Friday evening’s victory in the Junior A County final of 2020 – played in June of 2021 – coming on the coattails of the West Board win over St Michael’s, means that Barna will have the distinction of fielding teams at senior and junior level this year.

That Barna harbour that distinction, and not Tuam Stars, is something the North Board club have only to look in the mirror to find the exact answer as to why.

Tuam scored 1-8, and left 24 other scoring chances by the seaside, including a total of 15 wides. In their changed strip of green and yellow that resembled the Meath jersey, Tuam were actually the greater contributor to the good football played in sublime conditions on a balmy summer’s evening. Dry sod, fast ball, Ray Silke would have approved.

Some of the shots Tuam took on, and did not convert, in the final quarter were low percentage ones. Not having played a competitive game in eight months, since the North Board Junior A County final when seeing off Milltown last October, left Tuam’s players off the pace in the scoring stakes, and understandably so.

They were at a disadvantage to Barna in this regard. Barna had picked up the 2020 West Board Junior A title the Friday evening beforehand at Pearse Stadium, a final in which they totted up a noteworthy tally of 0-18 beating St Michael’s.

Barna added John Gately and Ryan Folan to the starting 15 which had lined out against Michael’s, two men who have worn the club’s colours at senior level in recent years. As hoped for from a Barna perspective, they both made their respective presence felt on proceedings, particularly in the first half an hour.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greaney’s haul of four goals help Colga clinch league title

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Craughwell's Mark Cunningham is unable to prevent Colga substiute Oisin Greaney from finding the net in Sunday's Second Division tie in Coleman Park. EIREFOTO

Craughwell United 0

Colga 6

By Mike Rafferty

COLGA are unbeaten in two seasons of league football and with their achievements of last season scrubbed from the record books with the campaign abandoned due to covid issues, they got a compensation of sorts on Sunday last when they were belatedly crowned Second Division champions.

On an excellent surface in Craughwell, Colga were in command from the moment they converted a softly awarded penalty after 19 minutes and with Neil Greaney going on to score four goals, they moved five points clear at the top of the table with just one game remaining.

In reality, Colga are way too strong for this division and averaging six goals per game, they are powering their way to wins in a convincing fashion.

However, it is not just about the wins, but their style of play that created such an impression. It is all about possession and movement and their passing game would grace the Premier League in comfort and being a physically strong side, they have abilities worthy of a higher stage.

Now to the credit of a much younger Craughwell, they tried to match the visitors on Sunday and despite the final outcome, they worked hard and deserved some finishing reward. Indeed, they should have taken the lead when central defender Daniel Grealish headed a Mark Cunningham corner wide at the far post.

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United are on the rise after season’s best sinks visitors

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Galway United's Wilson Waweru moments after scoring Galway United’s goal in their First Division victory over Cabinteely at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 1

Cabinteely 0

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

IT is hard to know if it was the mid-season break or the return of fans to the stands, but something has finally clicked for Galway United as they strung back-to-back wins together for the first time this season with a thoroughly deserved victory over Cabinteely last Friday night.

Billed as something of a grudge match, the expectation was there might be a bit of needle to the game but that never threatened to materialise, simply because the visiting players couldn’t get near their hosts.

United only had the one goal to show for their efforts, but that is all it took to win the game as the home side bounced back from a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Shelbourne before the two-week break to record successive wins and move back into the play-off spots in an incredibly congested table.

The FAI might as well hand Shels the league trophy now as the only unbeaten side in either division are eight points clear and looking untouchable, but just six points separate Treaty United in second from Athlone Town in seventh in the table.

United are sitting in the middle of that in fourth after finally hitting their stride after an uninspiring start to the campaign. Last Friday night’s first-half was the finest 45 minutes of ball United have played this season – it was what was expected from the first weekend, and now that they have found their standard, they can’t let it slip.

It was a delight to see that young local lad, Alex Murphy (16) retained his place in the starting XI after his impressive debut the previous week. The Corrandulla teenager, who joined the club’s U-17 Academy side from Corrib Celtic in 2019, impressed in his debut the previous week against Athlone Town, and he shone again on Friday night, looking more like a veteran than a rookie.

There were two changes to the side that defeated Athlone Town, with Mikey Place and David Hurley both coming into the side, with Chris Horgan and Shane Duggan dropping to the bench, but the biggest thing on the night was the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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