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Mervue Utd are fast out of blocks in bid to retain league title

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Jackson Da Silva (left) celebrates his early goal for Athenry FC in their 3-2 Premier League win over Loughrea Rams with team-mates Stephen Cunningham and Stephen Relihan. EIREFOTO

By Mike Rafferty

AT the end of last season just one point separated Mervue United and runners up Athenry in the Premier League, but just a week into the new campaign it appears that the old order is changing. Three games in and the defending champions have a full quota of points, but for Athenry they already lie six points behind as they followed up an opening day loss against Salthill Devon, with a defeat against Mervue on Saturday.

Just like they did last season, Mervue appear to find goals easy to come by and with the dynamic duo of Barry Moran and Enda Curran restored to the front line for the weekend contest, they just add so much to a side that might be ordinary without them.

Andrew Connolly has also added goals to his repertiore to supplement their contribution, but in contrast Athenry are struggling in the last third of the park, as they have failed to hit the target in games against the top two. Meanwhile, they did pick up their first points of the campaign with a 3-2 mid-week win over Loughrea.

It looks a long way back for Davie Crimmon’s side, but a squad with much the same personel as last season should be competitive enough to maintain a challenge, but they need their strikers to start hitting the target in order to get them back into contention.

Elsewhere, Salthill Devon remain unbeaten after three games as they lie second in the table, while West United also have full points from their opening two games.

Premier League

 Mervue United 3

 Athenry 0

For almost an hour this Premier Division tie at Fahy’s Field was competitive, but after Enda Curran notched his second of the day to make it three, the game was over as a contest as Athenry heads dropped while the hosts made it 13 goals for their opening three games.

That is the type of finishing power so lacking in Athenry and in an opening half in which they were competitive, seldom did they look like they had the ability to break the deadlock. They enjoyed more than their fair share of possession, but only a Colm O’Donovan effort extended Peter Healy.

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

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Fun and laughter promised in Harry Potter parody show

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Potted Potter is visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter, The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, visits Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from this Thursday to Sunday, August 18-21. Having played to sold-out houses all over the world, it’s visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The show takes on the challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Performed by Jan Martin and Paul Brown, Potted Potter contains all the central characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.

Created by double-Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter has been seen by over a million muggles around the world since its 2006 premiere. It played 30 weeks off-Broadway across two sold-out seasons, as well as having five West End runs, and multiple North American and Australasian tours.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United boss Caulfield not happy with recent decisions going against his team

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Galway United manager John Caulfield: seeking a fairer deal from officials.

JOHN Caulfield has called for better officiating in games as the title race enters its final run-in, saying his side has been the victim of some marginal decisions in games against the top sides this season.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Bray Wanderers to Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday (7.45pm), the United manager said the big decisions in games against the other sides in the top three – Cork City and Waterford – have gone against United this season, and he says the repercussions of those ‘bad’ decisions are only felt by the managers and players.

“It is disappointing, there have been a number of decision in big games that have gone against us, I suppose you could call them controversial, tight decisions,” he said in the aftermath of last Friday’s 2-1 defeat away to Waterford FC, in which Conor McCormack was sent off, and Waterford were awarded two penalties, the second of which they converted nine minutes from time for a 2-1 win.

“You need strong decisions being made and we had two big decisions, major decisions, go against us. Unfortunately, it is the manager that take the hits rather than action being taken in the proper channels and that is disappointing,” he said.

He has a point to a degree: Wilson Waweru was sent off in United’s first game of the season when picking up two yellow cards in the 1-0 win away to Cork City, with the second booking in particular looking unfair on the United man.

Another trip to Turners Cross in July saw another red card, with Ed McCarthy getting his marching orders in the 16th minute for a trip on Cian Bargary, who was breaking on a counter-attack. Despite the foul taking place inside the City half, and both Conor O’Keeffe and Conor McCormack covering inside, Wexford referee Sean Grant decided on a red card.

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

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Talk and workshop to accompany Twofold

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Artists and sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey whose new show opens in Kinvara this Friday evening.

Twofold, joint exhibition from artist sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey will open this Friday evening at 6pm, at the Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, hosted by KAVA arts. It will run until Sunday, August 28,  with a talk and a workshop next week to coincide with the show.

Susan and Paula describe Twofold as their response to the dynamic processes and equilibriums found in nature.

Using a range of mediums, it references water cycles, geological formations and flora, including those local to the Burren.

Susan who lives in Wicklow, has a Higher National Diploma fine art, and an MPhil and PhD art history, who is now integrating her creative and research interests. She is concerned with natural dynamics, the structures that underly reality and the relationships between things. Paula who is based in Leeds, and who has a BA in graphic design and MA in creative practice, is a regular visitor to Kinvara. Her process is rooted in material play, through which, she believes, the more elusive aspects of human existence can be explored.

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

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