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Horgan says side must improve for visit to Cobh despite last weekend’s record win

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From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Horgan says side must improve for visit to Cobh despite last weekend’s record win Horgan says side must improve for visit to Cobh despite last weekend’s record win

Ollie Horgan says Galway United will need to play much better than they did last Friday if they are to take anything from their trip to early-season surprise packets Cobh Ramblers this Friday (5pm).

United set a club record by scoring nine goals in a game for the first time when thrashing league newcomers Kerry FC in Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday, but despite that jaw-dropping scoreline, Horgan wasn’t happy with how the side played and he warned that players will have to up their game in St Colman’s Park this coming St Patrick’s Day.

“Obviously we got goals, but we didn’t play particularly well. I know it sounds crazy in what I’m saying, but we got off to a very good start and I think had we not broken them down early, it would have been a completely different story.

“We didn’t keep the ball well, I actually thought we played better in Waterford [ a week earlier], and obviously against a better side we scraped through 1-0.

“I think the fact we scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances is the positive, but we are quite realistic that we are going to a team that is up at the top of the table, away from home that is a hugely difficult place to go with what Cobh has,” said Horgan.

Horgan who was the main man in the United dugout again on Friday as John Caulfield served the final of a three-game ban for being sent-off at half-time against Finn Harps on the opening night of the season.

Horgan subsequently picked up a yellow card against Waterford; and new coach, Chris Collopy, found this way into the referee’s notebook last Friday, so that propensity for talking their way into trouble might be something United need to look at.

Not too much else has gone wrong for United so far this season, however; any niggling concern over the failure of United’s attacking payers to find the net were blown away on Friday with Ed McCarthy bagging a hat-trick, Stephen Walsh and Ibrahim Keita both scoring twice, and Francely Lomboto getting off the mark for the season as well.

It is understandable that Horgan wants to pull the handbrake on any notions of getting carried away with last Friday’s win – Kerry were embarrassingly naive, and while the win, and the manner of it, will fill United with confidence, they are making the trip south to another side high on confidence.

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

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