Date Published: 21-Apr-2011
Galway United 1
Derry City 4
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Galway United grabbed their first home goal of the season on Friday night, but that is as about the only positive to be taken from the defeat at the hands of a Derry City side that moved joint-top of the table courtesy of their comfortable victory.
Already with a skeleton squad, United suffered a major blow on Thursday when striker Joseph Yoffe damaged his ankle in training. With Alan Murphy also on the injury list, that left Sean Connor with just one fit recognised striker with League of Ireland experience, Enda Curran, who started on the bench.
When your squad is stretched to breaking point, you have to take a gamble on your younger players at some stage, and Connor had promised to ring the changes after the poor display against Drogheda United the previous week.
The United manager did make two changes for last Friday but both were enforced, with Eduardo Duci retaining his place in the side, having replaced the injured Murphy a week previously, while Yoffe’s training ground mishap saw Steve Feeney thrown in up front, leaving Curran wondering what he has to do to get a run in the team.
He has not the most prolific record, and is prone to the odd fit of temper, as seen in his clash with Victor Ekenam in Drogheda just over a week ago, but he has good strength and bags more pace than Feeney, although to be fair to the Sligoman, he did well on Friday, particularly in the air.
The defeat means United have taken just one point from their four games at Terryland Park this season, and that does not look like changing any time soon with defending league champions Shamrock Rovers the next visitors to the Dyke Road on Friday week for a game that will be televised live.
Before that, United travel to the Carlisle Grounds this Friday to take on the early-season surprise packets, Bray Wanderers, who are just a point off top spot, and if they are to take anything from their trip to the Wicklow coast, United will need to show more concentration in defence, more commitment in midfield and more potency up front.
The frustrating thing about Friday night is that United were marginally the better side for much of the first half in front of a crowd that was down more than 900 bodies on the previous home game with Sligo Rovers.
Derry brought a far smaller crowd than they traditionally do, but the main reason for the low numbers was surely the folly of there being three big games taking place with the same kick-off time, as Mervue United were hosting Limerick in the First Division, while Cardiff were the visitors to the Sportsground for Connacht’s last home game of the season.
The FAI in particular have a case to answer for scheduling two games in the city on the same night, and there is more of the same to come. United and Mervue’s next two home games will also clash, while United and Salthill Devon will have clashing games two weeks later again. Surely if the FAI were serious about supporting their clubs, something could have been done to avoid this.
Bobby Ryan took just 12 seconds to let off the first shot in anger on Friday night, dribbling forward from kick-off before shooting from 25 yards, his effort just clearing the crossbar. It looked like a statement of intent from United, one that was continued in the next five minutes by Sean Kelly, Feeney and Ryan again, who all had attempts on goal.
It took Derry a dozen or so minutes to settle, but their response to the early onslaught was impressive. James McClean – who had a cracking game – drilled a ball across the United six-yard box, which was met at the near post by Eamon Zayed. The Libyan international side-footed goalwards, but Greg Fleming got down brilliantly to claw the ball away.
McClean gave Shaun Kelly a right going-over on the night, and it was he who supplied the ammunition again in the 15th minute later, sending in another cross from the left, but Gareth McGlynn couldn’t direct his cheeky back-heel on target.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.