Date Published: 27-Jun-2011
Dundalk United 6
Galway United 1
Galway United were hit for six at the weekend for the second time this season as Dundalk ran riot in Oriel Park to extend United’s losing run to 15 games in all competitions.
It wasn’t United’s heaviest defeat of the season – they lost 6-0 in the Brandywell in May – but that is of no comfort for a side who have now conceded a staggering 54 goals in 20 league matches to sit firmly rooted to the foot of the table, six points behind Drogheda United and with a hugely inferior goal difference of -45, compared to Drogheda’s -25.
Friday’s game was over by half-time as the home side took a three-goal into the break, and bar a sole reply from Gary Kelly in the 57th minute, the second half was just as bad for United who conceded another three goals as their wretched run of form continued with little sign of respite.
Sean Connor’s side host UCD in Terryland Park this coming Friday night, and given the gap between United and Drogheda, and the sides respective goal differences, the feeling is anything but a win against The Students on Friday night will see United consigned to a relegation play-off against the side that finishes third in the First Division at the end of the season.
That is the one safety net for United, the fact that there will not be any automatic relegation at the end of the season. With the Premier Division being expanded to 12 teams for next season, the top two in the First Division will be promoted, with third playing the bottom side in the Premier Division for the 12th spot in the top flight.
Even with 16 games still remaining, United look odds-on to be involved in that play-off unless there is a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes, particularly at home where United have taken just one point from 10 games, and scored just three goals.
As for Friday, United were under pressure from the start but were coping relatively well with an inexperienced side until the concession of two goals just before the break effectively ended the tie.
Greg Bolger fired the home side into the lead in the 20th minute with his first goal for the club, although his strike did take a wicked deflection to beat Greg Fleming in the United goal. Dundalk worked the ball down the left for Mark Quigley to lay the ball off for Bolger, who fired home.
United had started brightly, and had early appeals for a penalty when Mikey Gilmore capitalised on a mix-up between Shane Guthrie and Peter Cherrie to nick possession in the box only to go to ground under a challenge from Cherrie, but referee Paul McLoughlin waved play on.
However most of the action was at the other end, with Ross Gaynor causing United a number of difficulties down the left, but the homer side failed to make their dominance until count until Bolger’s opener in the 20th minute.
For more. read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.