Date Published: 22-Mar-2011
Longford Town 2
Mervue United 1
Mervue United missed out on the chance to go top of the Airtricity League First Division on Saturday night when two late goals saw their impressive start to the season end in Flancare Park.
Johnny Glynn’s side took a first half lead through Mike Tierney’s second goal in as many games, but the home side grabbed an equaliser 11 minutes from time, and then inflicted further heartbreak on the Galway side when snatching a winner in injury time to themselves jump to third in the table.
Mervue came into the game on the back of a win over Salthill Devon, and a draw last week with Cork City, and they looked on course for a second win in three games thanks to a controversial opener from Tierney in the 35th minute.
The home defence failed to properly clear a Mervue ball into the box, and with ‘keeper Stephen Conlon stranded, Mike Tierney smashed a volley goalwards. The ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and then away from goal, but the assistant referee deemed the ball had crossed the line and the goal was allowed to stand.
Tierney had also scored against Cork, but while he celebrated his double strike, it was a different story for team-mate Ertic Browne as he put through his own net for the second successive game. It his OG which gave Cork the leads last week, and the unfortunate defender put Longford level on Saturday night when he headed Jacques Morley’s corner-kick past Ger Hanely and into his own net.
It was to get worse for Browne, Hanley and Mervue in the second minute of injury time. Chris Deans hit a long ball into the Mervue United box for one of his strikers to get on the end of, but Browne and Hanley appeared to have it covered.
However Hanley misjudged the flight of the ball as Browne left his ‘’keeper to claim possession, and the ball bounced once before flying over the head of the ‘’keeper and into the net for what proved to be the winner.
Neither side were able to impose their will on the game in a scrappy opening period, with both sides having half-chances to open the scoring. Deans headed a Morley corner wide in the 10th minute, while at the other end, Browne failed to get on the end of Mark Ludden’s corner after Conlon called but failed to collect.
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.