Date Published: 16-May-2011
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It is just turning out to be an extremely demanding season for Galway United because even when there is enough spirit in a performance, the distinct lack of skill is proving costly.
Ultimately that was precisely the case once more at Terryland Park last Friday as Galway summoned a vastly improved display, but they just didn’t have the craft to hurt a Bohemians team that were able to deal with the locals’ enthusiasm.
With a lengthy injury list and a threadbare squad Galway, who have now lost seven on the spin, are struggling to cope with a hectic schedule, and Bohemians mix of youth and experience quickly assumed control as an opportunistic 12th minute Anto Flood header gave them the initiative.
Correctly, Sean Connor’s post match appraisal touched on the manner in which his side remained competitive, but there was also a revealing moment which captured the sense sweeping around the town and county that Galway are toothless in the final third.
Only one goal has been scored by Galway in seven encounters which remains a source of significant worry because they aren’t blessed with the ability to expose the limitations in any reasonably organised outfit. Connor didn’t deny the grim reality that additions must be made.
“Our job this year is to stay in the league. It is frustrating that twice in the last few weeks two strikers, Karl Sheppard and Anto Flood, have come back to haunt us. What we would give to have those two playing for us, but this is where we are, and we have to finish above Drogheda United.
“We need something to freshen the squad up to scratch because if Drogheda see that we don’t strengthen they will probably take a chance and make a few additions. There is a plenty at stake for us not to take some kind of a chance. Financially it is worth at least €150,000 a year. If you go down the way things are it will be very, very hard to get back up.
“I don’t think the public can say that we didn’t try to get it down and pass it when we could, and that we didn’t work hard.”
Galway battled with the necessary grit and determination, but the latest in an ever-increasing catalogue of soft goals ensured Bohemians hit the front on 12 minutes. Stephen Traynor was afforded far too much time and space to deliver a crisp cross for Flood, who nodded the Gypsies ahead. Trying to eradicate these kind of basic mistakes has dominated Galway’s training ground efforts recently, but the lapses in concentration continue.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.