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Henshaw returns at full back for Connacht’s home tie with Italian minnows

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Connacht's Robbie Henshaw who returns to the team at full back for tonight's home Guinness Pro12 clash against Treviso.

IRISH international Robbie Henshaw will return to the green of Connacht against Benetton Treviso in the province’s Guinness Pro12 fixture at the Sportsground this evening (7:30pm) – not though as a centre but in the full back role.

Although Henshaw’s Ireland career so far has been at outside centre, it was in the No. 15 shirt he started off his rugby adventure many years ago. Indeed, with the World Cup over, Henshaw is somewhat freed up to be utilised by Connacht coach Pat Lam in whatever capacity he sees fit.

With Tiernan O’Halloran – man of the match at full-back in last weekend’s victory over Edinburgh – equally as comfortable on the wing, this evening’s game against a winless Treviso outfit does afford Lam the opportunity to have a look at the versatility of Henshaw’s game.

It will be 22-year-old Henshaw’s first appearance for Connacht since the Rugby World Cup and he is one of six personnel changes to the side which accounted for Edinburgh on a scoreline of 14-9 last Saturday.

O’Halloran shifts to the right wing in a slightly changed back line that also sees scrum half John Cooney come in for his second start of the season.

In the pack, Dave Heffernan and Ireland international Nathan White are introduced to the front row, while Ultan Dillane comes in to partner Andrew Browne, playing his 100th PRO12 game, in the second row.

Galway man Eoin McKeon returns to the back row to link up with captain John Muldoon and the season’s top try scorer Nepia Fox-Matamua.

From the bench, USA international out-half AJ MacGinty could make his first appearance in a Connacht jersey, after the Dubliner joined the province last month.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s game, Lam said: “We’ve made a few changes this week, with Robbie and Nathan back for us but also some guys returning from injury. This is only game four of the 16-game run so it’s a long way to go and we’re going to need players feeling as fresh as possible each week.

“Robbie will start in the 15 shirt for us where he has a lot of experience from his earlier days at Connacht. Obviously, Tiernan has done a great job for us at full-back since the start of the season but his move to wing for this game means we can keep that continuity in our centre partnership for this week.”

For Treviso’s part, they have yet to win a game in the competition this season. They took a heavy  beating against Leinster – 27-3 –  last weekend but have submitted more competitive performances against the Dragons away (19-12) and at home to the Ospreys (22-25).

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

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Dropped points leaves Utd losing touch with Cork City

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Galway United's Charlie Lyons tries to halt the progress of Wexford FC's Ger Shortt during Friday evening's Frst Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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IT might be just as well that Galway United have drawn UCD in the next round of the FAI Cup as it will give the Tribesmen a taste of what might come in the promotion play-off final later in the year.

UCD or Finn Harps will be the Premier Division side in that play-off, and United look set for that lottery of a route to promotion for a third straight year after these two dropped points on Friday night left them with a lot – maybe too much – to do to catch Cork City.

It was a belter of a game of football, but Wexford will have been the least disappointed of the two sides as they edged a shade closer to Treaty United in the battle for the final play-off spot.

United, on the other hand, fell to now be three points behind City, and with the Leesiders having a game in hand, and also a vastly superior goal difference (+41 as opposed to United’s +29), they have one hand on the league trophy, and the other reaching for the Brasso.

Stephen Walsh was scoring his 15th goal of the season on Friday night, while Rob Manley was making it four goals in five games since joining from Bray Wanderers, but it still wasn’t enough to claim the three points against a visiting side that got their reward for approaching the game in such a positive fashion.

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

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Salthill serve up a strong finish to take derby spoils

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Bearna's Murcha Iarsach getting the better of Salthill/Knocknacarra's Cathal Sweeney during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Pearse Stadium

A very strong fourth quarter from Salthill/Knocknacara saw them see off the challenge of a Bearna side who will have regrets about a game in which they created plenty of scoring chances, but lacked the efficiency of their opponents in front of the posts.

John O’Mahony’s Salthill side struggled to gain dominance of this contest for long spells before their greater accuracy in front of goal began to tell in the second half. An impressive fourth quarter performance put Bearna to the sword, but O’Mahony will know they have plenty to improve on going forward.

The manner in which Bearna opened up the Salthill defence on a couple of occasions in the first half was notable. Salthill were lucky not to concede two goals, when both Oisín Ó Garmaile and Pádraig Ó Diolúin hit the woodwork with shots in the first half. The city men could easily have been behind at half time, rather than going in with a four point lead.

Bearna’s shooting profligacy ultimately caught up with them and undermined an early second half comeback. Three consecutive points saw them reduce the deficit to the minimum, but a couple of scorable frees were also missed, at a time when the momentum was in their favour.

Ultimately, Daithí Ó Domhnallaín’s side were outscored by 1-8 to 0-6 in the second period. Salthill were far more economical, while their use of possession was also superior to Bearna’s throughout the match.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway United face tough task in Waterford on potentially defining weekend

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Division tie against Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

THIS could be a defining weekend in the chase for the First Division title, as Galway United make the long trek to take on a Waterford FC side that also faces league leaders, Cork City, on Monday, in the second of two homes Munster derbies this weekend for the Leesiders.

United need to get the job done themselves in the RSC this Friday (7.45pm) before worrying how City fare at home to Treaty United on the same night, and against Waterford on Monday – and anything other than a win will mean it won’t really matter how Cork get on.

“Waterford, they are a team challenging for the title, whether they can keep up or not I don’t know, but they are in there, they are a very good team as we have seen, and they beat [cup holders] Pats [St Patrick’s Athletic] in the cup, it is another massive match for us,” United manager, John Caulfield, said of this Friday’s opponents.

Truth be told, while Waterford may be third in the table, they are 12 points behind City and are not involved in the title race, but that won’t mean they will just roll over to have their bellies tickled on Friday, and while United have the edge in the head-to-head between the sides this season, they have been thrilling, hard-fought battles.

United’s first home game of the season saw Waterford race into a 2-0 lead by the break, only for goals from Stephen Walsh and the since-departed Jordan Adeyomo (gone to Longford) to rescue a point for United.

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

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