Galway United continue to blaze a trail at top of table


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Galway United continue to blaze a trail at top of table Galway United continue to blaze a trail at top of table

Galway United 4

DLR Waves 0

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

UNBEATEN Galway United continued their remarkable start to the Women’s National League with another comfortable success in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday afternoon and they did it in style in front of a crowd of 2,861 which is a record for a club women’s match in Ireland.

Phil Trill’s side continue to set the standard as they lead the table by four points. United have scored the most goals with 18. Have kept clean sheets in seven of the eight games they have played this season and are winning their games in a style and comfort that is building confidence and maintaining momentum as they progress through the campaign.

Two goals in each half saw them run out comfortable winners on this occasion against a Dublin side that struggled to make any impression in attack. United made two changes to the team that shared the spoils in a scoreless draw with defending champions Peamount United the previous week. Amy Madden replaced Aoibheann Costello at left full, while Emily Kavaunagh swapped places with Rola Olusola in attack.

Indeed, Kavaunagh should have given the home side an opening minute lead, but the American striker headed Jenna Slattery’s cross wide. The busy Julie Ann Russell was a thorn in the visitors side  and she too threatened to open their account on 17 minutes when through with just ‘keeper Eve Bandana to beat, but the custodian came out on top in a one on one situation. Therese Kinnevey was next to miss an opportunity when she headed a Kavaunagh cross wide, before Galway United took the lead on 22 minutes.

It was set up by a run by Russell into the box and her lay off created a chance for Slattery, who was fouled in the area and then duly slotted home her seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot to make it 1-0. The second arrived just two minutes later and again Russell was the provider as her pull back from the byline saw Lynsey McKey take a touch before making it 2-0 with a low composed finish from close range. From there on, the scoreline could have been anything.

Pictured: Galway United’s Jenna Slattery who opened the scoring in their 4-nil victory over DLR Waves in the Women’s National League at Eamonn Deacy Park.

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