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Galway United pay hefty price for poor defending

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Galway United goalkeeper Connor Gleeson who wasw beaten twice from set-pieces in Friday night's loss to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

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GALWAY United were punished for poor defending in Dalymount Park on Friday night as a Bohemians side that is just about the far side of ordinary ran out comfortable winners against the top-flight newcomers.

It was a poor performance from Tommy Dunne’s side, though that won’t be held against them considering the run of results, and performances, that they put in to secure promotion at the end of last season.

However, if they are to avoid an immediate return to the First Division, they will need to sharpen up on a lot of areas of their play, and in particular, defending set-pieces.

Five of the six goals United have conceded in their three competitive games to date have been from set-pieces, including the two goals the home side scored on Friday night – something is seriously wrong and it needs to be urgently addressed by Dunne and his coaching staff.

The home side stuck with the same starting XI that opened the season with a 3-0 win away to Limerick, but the visitors made three changes to the side beaten by Derry City. One of those was enforced after David O’Leary went over on his ankle in training midweek – Alex Byrne replaced him in midfield, while Jason Molloy and Marc Ludden also came into the side in place of Jake Keegan and Andy O’Connell respectively.

Like a couple of cagey boxers, both sides moved and jabbed in the first five minutes without ever landing a blow, but when Bohs launched their first meaningful attack of the game in the 6th minute, they landed a knockout blow.

Ludden conceded a cheap free out wide in line with the United penalty area, and when Lorcan Fitzgerald sent in an inswinger, Anto Murphy rose above Enda Curran highest to power a header past Connor Gleeson.

United had a couple of half-chances to equalise two minutes later, but Dean Delany was down bravely at the feet of Curran to smother the danger; and 30 seconds later, Gary Shanahan found Molloy on the edge of the box but he completely miskicked and the ball bobbled harmlessly wide.

They were sporadic threats, however, as it was the home side who always looked more likely to score. Dean Kelly peeled away from Stephen Walsh at the other end two minutes later but headed over from an Adam Evans cross. United did enjoy a decent five-minute spell of good possession, but it was all played in the middle of the park as they struggled to penetrate a solid-looking Bohs defence.

The home side had a clear advantage in midfield, exemplified in the 36th minute when Robert Lopes skated past the challenges of Byrne, Ryan Connolly and Paul Sinnott, but Walsh halted his progress with a perfectly-timed tackle in the box.

The visitors were almost undone for a second time from a set-piece in the 40th minute when Derek Prendergast was given the freedom of the United penalty area to get on the end of Fitzgerald’s corner from the left, but he headed straight at Gleeson.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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Young Mystics cast their spell over Limerick visitors

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The NUIG Mystics squad that defeated Limerick Sport Husklies in the Women's Divison 1 last Saturday. Back row, from left: Kyle Walsh (assistant coach), Courtney Cecere, Laoise Walsh, Ava McCleane, Olivia Sasse, Sara Messler, Maggie Byrne, and Paul O'Brien (head coach). Front: Meadhbh O'Brien, Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane, Laura Lopez Morera, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, and Aoife Ryan. Missing from photo: Aine McDonagh.

NUIG Mystics made it two wins from two with a five-point win over Limerick Sport Huskies on Saturday in the Women’s Division 1, but there was disappointment for Galway’s other three sides.

Moycullen ran Tralee Warriors close on Sunday in the Men’s Super League but suffered another narrow defeat, having lost on the opening day to NUIG Maree. Maree’s hopes of making it back-to-back wins were ended with a poor fourth-quarter performance away to Neptune on Saturday, the Cork side running out convincing winners; while Titans also suffered a second defeat, going down at home to Dublin Lions.

WOMEN’S DIVISION 1

 NUIG Mystics 65

 Limerick Sport

 Huskies 60

A strong final quarter which saw Irish underage international Hazel Finn rattle in nine points helped Mystics make it two wins from two against a visiting side that was overly reliant on Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda.

The US import returned a stunning 31-point haul for her side, to add to the 27 points she hit on the opening weekend’s 79-76 win over Portlaoise Panthers, but a better spread of a scoring threat for Mystics saw Paul O’Brien’s claim what was at time a scrappy win.

It is a very young Mystics squad this year – there were three 18-year-olds in their starting five on Saturday – but they are mature as players, none more so than Kara McCleane, who finished the game with 23 points.

She drained a three in the first quarter to help Mystics take a 16-11 lead, with McCleane hitting 10 of those points, but the visitors rallied in the second quarter, with Ramirez Tejeda (8) and Taylor Herd (6) helping them draw level at 29-apiece at the break.

Maggie Byrne began to dominate under the defensive boards for Mystics, and when she threw in a big 3-pointer, which was soon followed by one from Finn, Mystics moved into a 41-31 lead early in the third quarter, with the visitors’ first points of the quarter coming just before four of the 120 minutes had elapsed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shefflin named as surprise new Galway senior hurling manager for first intercounty role

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Henry Shefflin

Galway GAA are pinning their hopes on one of the greatest hurlers of all time proving that he’s fairly handy at management as well after unveiling Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

The shock appointment of Shefflin (42) was confirmed on Wednesday night, catching many people on the hop, including our sister paper, the Connacht Tribune, as it had been widely expected that Davy Fitzgerald was getting the job.

“Galway GAA is delighted to announce Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager,” read a statement posted on the Galway GAA website on Wednesday night.

“Henry’s achievements as a player are unrivalled. As a manager he has guided Ballyhale Shamrocks to All Ireland Club titles in 2019 and 2020. Henry will be joined by fellow Kilkenny man Richie O’Neill as a coach and his management team will be finalised in the coming weeks,” the statement read.

The appointment ends a seven-week period of speculation as to who would replace Limerick native Shane O’Neill who held the position for two years, before announcing at the start of September that he would not be seeking a third year in charge.

He had led Galway to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2020, only to lose to Limerick; before a nightmare 2021 in which Galway failed to win a game in the championship, losing lost to Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, and Waterford in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht need the win for two very different reasons

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Abraham Papali’i will be hoping to start against Ulster this Saturday, having come off the bench in last weekend's defeat to Munster. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

By JOHN FALLON

The switch of Connacht’s game against Ulster from the Sportsground to Aviva Stadium was, from the outset, met with not insignificant negativity by some fans and the business community, and with the anticipated attendance expected to be in the region of a disappointing 8,000 or so, some must be wondering if was worth moving the fixture at all.

Two things can alter that. There could still be a decent run on tickets which would make the venture financially worthwhile; and the other is a Connacht victory. A Connacht loss and the forfeiture of home advantage will come into the equation.

It could, equally, be argued that no matter where this game is a played, form so far in the URC suggests an Ulster victory. They are the only side with maximum points, four straight bonus point wins, and Connacht go into it with just one win in four.

Connacht coach Andy Friend says the players and management are not under any extra pressure to win Saturday’s clash.

“No, I don’t think so. I think we’ve got a lot of Connacht supporters who are going to be there. Family and friends are going to be there, so there’s always pressure to try and impress in front of them and to make sure you’re playing the best brand of rugby.

“But I don’t think moving the game to the Aviva has added pressure to us. Certainly, I don’t feel that, and I don’t think any of the players feel that.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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