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Galway WFC chasing top spot against DLR Waves

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Galway WFC's Chloe Singleton who will miss Saturday's league clash with DLR Waves due to suspension.

By Mike Rafferty       

FOUR points from their opening two games is an encouraging start for Galway WFC in the Airtricity Women’s National League as they recorded a 3-3 draw with Cork City and followed this up with a 3-1 win over Bohemians.

Both games were played at Eamonn Deacy Park, but this Saturday Galway WFC take to the road for the first time when they face DLR Waves in Belfield at 6pm.

Though the Dublin outfit were not in action on the first weekend of league action, they shared the spoils in their only game to date when drawing 1-1 with Wexford Youths. While that was an acceptable outcome for them, DLR Waves were under pressure for a lot of the game and would have been delighted with the point gained.

Galway WFC manager Billy Clery kept faith with the same starting eleven for his side’s opening first games, but he will have to make at least one enforced change this weekend. Impressive midfielder Chloe Singleton was sent to the line for two yellow card offences in their last outing and she will miss the game through suspension.

New striker Rachel Kearns made a huge impression in those early games and her four goals sees her top the scoring charts in the league. The Mayo native was substituted in the latter stages of the game against Cork after getting a knock, but has trained fully since and is available for selection.

Clery took a reflective look first when he spoke to the Connacht Tribune this week. “Our opening two games of the season were somewhat different in that we played well against Cork, but some lapses of concentration and defensive mistakes ensured we paid a price for that.

“Matters were different in the second game against Bohemians as we were more subtle going forward and did not create as much. On the plus side, our defence was not exposed and heading into this game against DLR Waves we have to find a better balance between those two outcomes.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Split level home on large site in Drum

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Drum East near Bushypark

This is a superb detached family home on a large site of 1.4 acres located around 5km from Galway City.

Built in 1999, the property at Drum East near Bushypark extends to 3,000 sq ft and has around 0.75 of an acre of easily maintained gardens.

The residence is deceptive from the front as it appears to be single storey, but is in fact split level and is over three floors.

On the ground and first floors are the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, utility room, four bedrooms (two of which are en suite), main bathroom and guest toilet.

On the lower ground floor is a large open plan room suitable for a variety of uses and two further separate rooms.  All rooms are large, bright and spacious.

The care and thought that has gone into this home is evident with the quality of fittings, such as solid timber floors, tiling, kitchen fittings and bathrooms have recently been refitted with new showers, tiling and suites.

The thermal efficiencies have been improved with extensive retro fitting of insulation, including pumping walls and attic insulation.

Externally, the gardens have been planned and have matured well with natural stone wall boundary to front, mature trees and shrub beds on side and rear boundary, extensive lawn, tarmacadam drive to the front, side and rear.  In addition, there is a rear field of approximately 0.65 acres.

Drum is a popular location to the west of Galway City approximately 5km from the city centre; Boleybeg Primary School is 1km and the Salthill Devon pitches are nearby.

It offers space, privacy, scope and all the benefits of country living yet on the doorstep of the city.

■ The asking price is €575,000. The BER Rating is C1. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Sherry FitzGerald on 091 569123.

 

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Rowers Murtagh and Keogh in final Olympic Games bid

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Galway rowers Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh who have qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games in their sights.

TWO talented Galway oarswomen will be striving to book their ticket to Tokyo when competing in the final Olympic Qualifying Regatta in Lucerne over the coming days.

Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh from Na Forbacha will be part of the Irish Women’s Four seeking to clinch their passport to the rescheduled Olympics Games in Japan.

The Galway pair will join with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty in pursuit of one of the two qualifying places up for grabs on the famous Swiss lake.

Fresh from their silver medal winning exploits in last month’s European Championships in Poland, the Irish crew are one of the favourites for their event in Lucerne. The regatta goes ahead from May 16 to May 18.

 

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Consistency is the key as Walsh ‘good to go’ for tie with Kerry

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Galway captain Shane Walsh comes under pressure from Mayo’s Fionn McDonagh during the 2020 Connacht final at Pearse Stadium.

GALWAY captain Shane Walsh admits it is difficult to know where his side are at, but that the Tribesmen are going to give it “a right good go” against Kerry in Tralee this Saturday afternoon.

When these two met pre-pandemic in the National League last year, they served up a lively encounter that saw Kerry edge out Galway on a 1-15 to 2-11 scoreline. Walsh was in sparkling form in that game, tallying 1-4, including a brilliant goal.

“I suppose, it’s harder to gauge where everyone is going to be at going into Saturday,” says the Galway captain. “We haven’t had ideal preparation as regards challenge games and that, I suppose that timeframe was out of our hands.

“But we’ve been training hard, lads have been putting their best foot forward and they are just delighted to have had this date in mind. Everyone is looking forward to going down to Tralee and giving a right good go at it.”

Despite the narrow defeat in 2020, Galway were in fine fettle during that period and, by the time the competition was suspended due to the global outbreak of Covid-19, they were sitting top of Division 1.

Sadly, the momentum they had generated could not be sustained when activities resumed later in the year. Injuries did play a part in that – Walsh was one of those – but he agrees that it is imperative they are consistent in their performances and return to winning ways.

“Yeah, it (consistency) builds momentum as well, and the more momentum you can get behind you, the better it is going to be. So, again for us, that starts on Saturday and we can’t wait for it.

“Last year, I suppose, was a year for us to learn from. Like Padraic (Joyce, manager) was

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