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High flying United chasing third league win on the trot in Drogheda

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Galway United's Stephen Walsh sparing no effort in this tussle for possession with Bohemians Keith Buckley during Friday night's Premier Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY United go in search of their third consecutive Premier Division victory – and fourth win on the trot – when they travel to face Drogheda United at United Park this evening, Friday (7:45pm).

Following a remarkable 5-3 win over Bohemians at Éamonn Deacy Park last Friday – followed by a 1-0 extra-time victory over the same opposition at the same venue in the EA Sports Cup on Monday – Tommy Dunne’s outfit has been riding the crest of a wave.

With the offensive quartet of Enda Curran, Padraig Cunningham, Jake Keegan and Ryan Connolly – all of whom netted in the 5-3 league victory over Bohemians – in sparkling form at present, Galway should be confident heading to face a Drogheda side that is languishing four points behind them in the table . . . and Galway United have a game in hand!

That said, manager Dunne is not getting carried away by his charges fine run of late – a run which has also included a victory away to Derry City. “We have done okay. We just need to try and keep it going if we can, which is easier said than done,” he remarks.

The contrast of their last two games could not be as stark. The league tie against Bohemians turned out to be an eight-goal fest while the Cup meeting three days later proved to be a dour struggle, which Dunne’s men won after extra-time 1-0. Two very different fixtures.

“Yeah, the league tie was a game where two teams went at each other and we attacked like hell. So, it was an open game where the Cup game was a bit more subdued,” says Dunne. “We started that league game like a house on fire and just kept going. The only disappointment was we gave away a few silly goals. Other than that, I think we were good for the win.”

Indeed, the concession of three goals, including a penalty, must be a worry. Dunne believes though these were more down to individual errors rather than being weak structurally. “They could have been avoided,” he adds. “So, it wasn’t like we were opened up too much but we can still improve on that.

“We will need to improve on that because it is going to get a bit tighter as the season goes on. So, we just got to make sure that we tidy up on that aspect of our play.”

In all, Galway has conceded 24 goals to date in their 13 league games while Drogheda has coughed up 25 in 14 outings. So, defensively, both sides have a great deal of work, particularly when the teams around them, namely Longford Town and Derry City, have conceded less than 20.

Galway’s strength though has been their attack, with none of the six teams below them coming near their goal tally of 19. “Jake (Keegan), Enda (Curran) and Padraic (Cunningham) would be all different types of players and they are all giving us something in the way that they play. So, we are delighted,” says Dunne.

 

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.

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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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