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Injury-hit Galway United face massive challenge in home FAI Cup tie with Dundalk

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Galway United's Colm Horgan, who returns from suspension, and manager Tommy Dunne whose team face a big challenge against Dundalk in the FAI Cup tonight (Friday).

WHILE all the talk of a Galway double is revolving around the county’s senior and minor hurlers in their quest for All-Ireland glory next month, Galway United will be looking to complete a cup double of their own tonight when they host Dundalk in the last 16 of the FAI Cup.

Having already knocked the Louth club – and defending champions – out of the EA Sports Cup at the start of the month, Tommy Dunne’s side will be hoping to also end the interest of Stephen Kenny’s league leaders in this season’s FAI Cup when the sides meet in Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm).

However, United can expect a very different Dundalk side to the one they knocked out of the EA Sports Cup on penalties on the August Bank Holiday Monday: while that was largely a second string side, the Lilywhites will be expected to wheel out the big guns tonight.

United have no such luxury: an already small squad has been decimated by injuries, which meant three U-19 players started against Drogheda in the league on Monday night, with another five on a six-man substitutes bench that also included two goalkeepers.

“We had 10 players out between suspension and injury, and with all those fellas out, the young lads that came in did fantastically well. Jake Keegan did great up front on his own, and the support he got from Conor Melody and Antaine Ó Laoi was fantastic, as well as from Gary Shanahan.

“That said, we were led brilliantly by Sam [Oji] and Paul [Sinnott] at the back, they made sure we were hard to beat. I know Drogheda had chances, but it was a huge point for us,” Dunne said after Monday night’s draw.

While the transfer window has closed, the club is believed to be trying to sign an out-of-work player to bolster the squad, though that is with both eyes on Premier Division survival, rather than cup progression.

That said, a win against Dundalk tonight would be a massive confidence boost for United’s young squad, and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility. United’s home form in the league has been poor this season, with just three wins from 13 games, but it has been a very different story in cup competition.

United have played five cup games this season, all of them at Eamonn Deacy Park, and all ending in victory for Tommy Dunne’s side, and the hope has to be that, free from the pressures of the fight for league survival, they will thrive in a cup challenge against the best side in the country, and cause the shock of the round.

Dundalk ended United’s interest in the FAI Cup at the same stage in last year’s competition, but while they were by far the better side in Oriel Park in that game, Dundalk only scraped through 2-1. Padraic Cunningham’s 81st minute goal set up a grandstand finish, and such was United’s efforts that night that the home support applauded the visitors off the pitch after the final whistle.

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

 

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Table-toppers Galway United face Treaty side featuring eight former United players

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Wilson Waweru scores the opener for Galway United in the 2-1 win against Treaty United when the sides met in Eamonn Deacy Park back in March, despite the best efforts of his former United team-mate, Marc Ludden.

Galway United manager John Caulfield says there won’t be too much video analysis needed ahead of tonight’s visit of Treaty United to Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm), saying that this game will be a “cup final” for the visitors given the fact that so many of the players on the Limerick club’s books are formerly of this parish.

Six of the starting XI that started in Treaty’s 2-1 win at home to Athlone Town last weekend are former United players – Galway natives Marc Ludden and Conor Melody, along with Conor Winn, Joe Gorman, Jack Lynch, and Stephen Christopher – while Joe Collins and city native Joe Collins, who were on the bench last Friday, are also former United players.

Given the small nature of the league, a crossover of players is always to be expected, but eight players out of a match-day squad of 20 is some quotient, and Caulfield says he knows exactly what to expect form the visitors on Friday night.

“We don’t have to talk about Treaty as we know most of their team are [ex] Galway lads and it is their cup final; they have shown in the two games so far that have pushed us right to the end, the 2-1 win at home and the 3-2 win down there.

“We know they are really looking forward to the game and we know that if we are not on our game, they’ll claim the result, so we have worked hard this week on how we are going to play, how we are going to create chances,” he says.

While there away form has been close to unblemished – eight wins from nine games – United struggled somewhat to get the job done on their own patch, with their first four games seeing draws with Waterford and Wexford and single-goal wins over Treaty United (2-1) and Cobh Ramblers (1-0).

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

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Gallant Galway minor hurlers just come up in All-Ireland semi-final thriller

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Galway wing forward Orin Burke coming under pressure from Tipperary’s Cathal English and Joe Egan during Sunday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Tipperary 3-24

Galway 3-20

FOR the first time in six years Galway won’t have a minor hurling team in the All-Ireland final, but that is almost inconsequential in the context of what we saw in this epic semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

In a contender for hurling match of the year, Galway went toe-to-toe with Tipperary in a compelling struggle for supremacy which saw two high-quality teams provide an exhibition of the sport’s finer arts.

In the end, the better balanced and physically stronger Munster champions just about got the job done in a thrilling climax as Tipperary snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring a goal and two points in stoppage time.

But these young Galway players were carried out on their shield. Led by their twin assassins up front – the gifted Aaron Niland, who scored a staggering 2-11, and Rory Burke – the boys in maroon couldn’t have done much more. It was just that Tipperary possessed more game-breakers and a greater spread of scorers.

Only five Galway players featured on the scoreboard compared to 10 for Tipperary, including substitute Senan Butler, who finally sealed the deal for the blue and gold with a goal from point-blank range in the 64th minute after taking a pass from outstanding full-forward Tom Delaney.

In a semi-final in which the teams were level nine times, Galway can’t quibble too much with the outcome. They enjoyed a free count of 15 to 5 in their favour, while they were also rescued on several occasions by goalkeeper Donagh Fahy who made a series of great saves.

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Galway rower breaks world record twice on her way to landmark triumph in Poland

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Galway's Katie O'Brien displays her gold medal after smashing the world record in winning the single scull (PR2 1X) at the World Cup Regatta in Poznan, Poland over the weekend.

GALWAY has a new world champion after Katie O’Brien smashed her way into the record books at the Rowing World Cup held in Poznan in Poland last weekend.

The Clarinbridge woman set not one, but two world records at the championships on her way to capturing the single scull (PR2 1X) event, improving on the bronze medal she won in the same category at the 2019 World Championships in Linz in Austria.

Her semi-final performance last weekend saw her smash a world record that was set in 2018 when she came home in a time of 9mins 32.09 seconds, shaving more than 40 seconds off the previous time of 10mins 13.63 seconds.

That new record didn’t not last long, however, as O’Brien smashed it again in the final, coming home in a time of 9mins 14.65 seconds on her way to the gold medal and the world title.

She just missed out on a second medal at the championships when finishing fourth in the final of the PR2 Mix2X alongside crew partner Steven McGowan against a world-class field with crews from France, the Netherlands, and the bronze medalists from the 2016 Olympics, Poland.

There is no single sculls event for O’Brien to compete in at the Paralympics, so she recently joined forces with fellow Galway Rowing Club member, Steven McGowan, with a target of the 2024 Paris Olympics in mind, and they continue to build towards that dream after another impressive performance last weekend.

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

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