Home troubles continue for United in latest league loss

Galway United's Conor Barry is challenged by Mark Hughes of Drogheda United during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Galway United's Conor Barry is challenged by Mark Hughes of Drogheda United during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Drogheda United 1

IT is said that things always happen in sets of three, but this is not what Galway United fans had hoped for on Friday night.

A third home game of the season, and a third defeat, means Alan Murphy’s side are kept off the bottom of the table on goal difference only after an abject performance against a Drogheda United side who were, let’s be honest, no great shakes either.

Just six points covers the 10 teams in the early stages of the season, a sign of either a league in which there isn’t much between the sides, or a league which is low on quality. Judging by Friday’s result – and results elsewhere – all the evidence points to the latter.

As the attendance of 803 people was leaving the ground after the final whistle, news was filtering through from elsewhere that the bottom two of Cobh Ramblers and Wexford FC had beaten the top two of Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers.

So it seems anything is possible, and we won’t write United off just yet. But God above, there needs to be a massive improvement on what was on show on Friday night if we are to keep the faith.

Drogheda went with a 3-5-2 formation, which meant a packed midfield, but plenty of space out wide behind them, but United were either too callow to take advantage of that, or too blind to the opportunities that were there.

Instead, United persisted in trying to play through the middle – and took far too many touches and passes in doing so – meaning the visitors were more than comfortable for large tracts of the half.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors in the 9th minute, and they should have taken the lead from it. A hopeful punt forward caught the United defence flat-footed, allowing Mark Doyle time and space to latch on gather possession.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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