Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
Galway United 0
Bray Wanderers 3
GALWAY United racked up a ‘dirty dozen’ on Friday night as Sean Connor’s side equalled a club record 12 consecutive defeats, and with a trip to defending champions and current league leaders Shamrock Rovers next on the agenda, if there is a light at the tunnel, it is that of a fast-approaching train.
United started fairly well on Friday, but it was false hope as once the visitors got into the game midway through the first half, they completely dominated proceedings and the feeling is Bray boss Pat Devlin was being kind when he said the scoreline was harsh on the hosts, for Greg Fleming had to produce a couple of fine stops to keep some semblance of respectability to the outcome.
United’s wretched current run began the week after Connor gave his side a public lashing for their performance in the 1-1 draw with Drogheda United back in early April, in which he threatened to show players the door in the July transfer window if performances didn’t improve. If he carries out that threat, he’ll be left with just two or three players in a couple of weeks.
There is an understandable lack of confidence in the squad, given the run of results, but that doesn’t excuse a failure in the basics of the game. It is one thing to be outclassed in the skills department, but the least you should expect of your sides is that they can pass, cross, mark and tackle.
Sadly, there has been consistent evidence this season that those basics are beyond this current crop of United players, especially when it comes to marking opponents at set-pieces – two of the three Bray goals came from set-pieces on Friday night as once again defenders failed to stay with their man, or were guilty of ball-watching.
A crowd of 695 on Friday night was a disappointment, but on the other hand, those who continue to turn up every second week deserve enormous credit as United lurch from one shocking collective performance to another.
The lack of communication on the pitch is also unforgiveable – either Connor has failed to address this on the training ground, or else the players are ignoring his instructions, but if he is able to bring in players during the transfer window, he needs to bring in some real leaders and forsake the temptation to bring in more of the players who he has worked with before, as they are clearly not doing the business for United.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.