Galway Youths fail to get going in FAI Inter-League semi-final

Following the demise of the Mervue United’s U-17 and U-18 sides in the closing stages of national competitions in recent weeks, the series of disappointments continued over the weekend when the Galway Youths hardly got out of the starting blocks as they exited the FAI Inter League at the semi-final stage in Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday.


Expectations were high for a talented bunch, and while a first-half no-show was followed by improved third quarter, a much more clinical Wexford side were merited winners as two late goals killed off any potential comeback.

In Western Hygiene Supplies Premier League action, NUI Galway moved six points clear of the relegation area with a comfortable success over Hibernians, while Athenry maintained their distant challenge behind Mervue United and Corrib Rangers, with a home success over East United.

Galway League 2
Wexford League 3

A decent qualifying campaign led to reasonable expectations of a second national success at this level, but from the early exchanges it was clear that this was not going to be a good day at the office for these lads.

The selection consisted totally of players from Mervue United and Salthill Devon, and they appeared to have the quality required to achieve success, but from the off they were playing second fiddle to a visiting side who last tasted success in this competition in 2008.

Only poor finishing on the behalf of the visitors, and good goalkeeping by Peter Healy, kept any balance in an average contest, with just Padraig Cunningham testing Dylan Owens in any sort of a token home attacking motion in the first-half.

Cunningham always appeared isolated in attack, with Conor Barry playing too far off him, while Ryan Manning appeared isolated wide on the left. As a result, the home side seldom attacked with any authority or in any great numbers and therefore the performance suffered.

Generally outclassed in midfield, the home cause wasn’t helped by the loss through injury of Richard Fahy on 32 minutes and hopes of a scoreless half were ended in additional time, when Stephen McGuire attacked a far post cross by Ryan Nolan to make it 1-0 at the break.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.