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.
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.