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Midfielder David O’Leary ruled out of Galway United’s trip to Dalymount Park

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David O'Leary has been ruled out of Galway United's trip to Dalymount Park tonight. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

A bit like the curate’s egg, the injury update coming out of the Galway United is good in parts for tonight’s trip to Dalymount park for the meeting with Bohemian FC (7.45pm).

New signing Dave O’Leary, who has been excellent in his first two games for United, is ruled out through injury, but fellow new signing Sam Oji has been declared fit, while Marc Ludden is in line for his first appearance of the season after coming through yesterday morning’s training session.

It was in training that O’Leary picked up the injury which rules him out for tonight, the midfielder going over on his ankle, but manager Tommy Dunne says he should be okay for the visit of Drogheda United to Eamonn Deacy Park next Friday night.

The other absentees tonight include long-term injury concerns Killian Cantwell and Ger Hanley, while the club is still waiting for a work permit to come through for Kevin Garcia.

“We are doing everything we can to get the permit, but it’s just a waiting game now. You never know, it might land on the desk on Friday morning and if it does, he’ll be clear to play, but we don’t know what the hold-up is,” Dunne said.

There was better news regarding Oji and Ludden, who are both expected to feature tonight. Oji limped off in the second-half against Finn Harps in the EA Sports Cup on Monday night with a tight quad, but Dunne says he has trained this week and is available to play.

Ludden has missed the first two games of the season with a glute injury, but he came through training without any problems yesterday morning and is likely to go straight into the side at left-back, possibly freeing-up Stephen Walsh to take O’Leary’s place in midfield if Dunne feels the 77 minutes Alex Byrne got on Monday night is not enough preparation for tonight.

Dalymount Park has been less than a happy hunting ground for the Tribesmen over the years. United have won on just six of their 35 visits to the traditional home of Irish football – although they have won three of their last four at the Phibsboro venue – and with Bohemians setting the early pace after last week’s 3-0 win over Limerick FC, Dunne knows his side is in for another tough game.

“Ah yeah, a nice easy one for us! I watched them against Limerick last Saturday and they were very impressive, and by all accounts they were the same against Athlone mid-week. Dalymount is a tough ground to go to and it’s a big pitch, but we are going up there full of confidence – you have to, otherwise what’s the point?” Dunne said.

“We’re in the Premier Division and there are no easy games, and we know we have another tough test on Friday night. It was great to get the win over Finn Harps, who look stronger than last season, but with all respect to them, Bohemians will be a very different test.

“Their players will have a little more guile than Finn Harps that will test you in different aspects of the game. It will be a very different to the one we faced against Harps, and we need to be up for it – we will be up for it,” Dunne said.

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

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Young Mystics cast their spell over Limerick visitors

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The NUIG Mystics squad that defeated Limerick Sport Husklies in the Women's Divison 1 last Saturday. Back row, from left: Kyle Walsh (assistant coach), Courtney Cecere, Laoise Walsh, Ava McCleane, Olivia Sasse, Sara Messler, Maggie Byrne, and Paul O'Brien (head coach). Front: Meadhbh O'Brien, Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane, Laura Lopez Morera, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, and Aoife Ryan. Missing from photo: Aine McDonagh.

NUIG Mystics made it two wins from two with a five-point win over Limerick Sport Huskies on Saturday in the Women’s Division 1, but there was disappointment for Galway’s other three sides.

Moycullen ran Tralee Warriors close on Sunday in the Men’s Super League but suffered another narrow defeat, having lost on the opening day to NUIG Maree. Maree’s hopes of making it back-to-back wins were ended with a poor fourth-quarter performance away to Neptune on Saturday, the Cork side running out convincing winners; while Titans also suffered a second defeat, going down at home to Dublin Lions.

WOMEN’S DIVISION 1

 NUIG Mystics 65

 Limerick Sport

 Huskies 60

A strong final quarter which saw Irish underage international Hazel Finn rattle in nine points helped Mystics make it two wins from two against a visiting side that was overly reliant on Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda.

The US import returned a stunning 31-point haul for her side, to add to the 27 points she hit on the opening weekend’s 79-76 win over Portlaoise Panthers, but a better spread of a scoring threat for Mystics saw Paul O’Brien’s claim what was at time a scrappy win.

It is a very young Mystics squad this year – there were three 18-year-olds in their starting five on Saturday – but they are mature as players, none more so than Kara McCleane, who finished the game with 23 points.

She drained a three in the first quarter to help Mystics take a 16-11 lead, with McCleane hitting 10 of those points, but the visitors rallied in the second quarter, with Ramirez Tejeda (8) and Taylor Herd (6) helping them draw level at 29-apiece at the break.

Maggie Byrne began to dominate under the defensive boards for Mystics, and when she threw in a big 3-pointer, which was soon followed by one from Finn, Mystics moved into a 41-31 lead early in the third quarter, with the visitors’ first points of the quarter coming just before four of the 120 minutes had elapsed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shefflin named as surprise new Galway senior hurling manager for first intercounty role

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Henry Shefflin

Galway GAA are pinning their hopes on one of the greatest hurlers of all time proving that he’s fairly handy at management as well after unveiling Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

The shock appointment of Shefflin (42) was confirmed on Wednesday night, catching many people on the hop, including our sister paper, the Connacht Tribune, as it had been widely expected that Davy Fitzgerald was getting the job.

“Galway GAA is delighted to announce Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager,” read a statement posted on the Galway GAA website on Wednesday night.

“Henry’s achievements as a player are unrivalled. As a manager he has guided Ballyhale Shamrocks to All Ireland Club titles in 2019 and 2020. Henry will be joined by fellow Kilkenny man Richie O’Neill as a coach and his management team will be finalised in the coming weeks,” the statement read.

The appointment ends a seven-week period of speculation as to who would replace Limerick native Shane O’Neill who held the position for two years, before announcing at the start of September that he would not be seeking a third year in charge.

He had led Galway to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2020, only to lose to Limerick; before a nightmare 2021 in which Galway failed to win a game in the championship, losing lost to Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, and Waterford in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

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Connacht need the win for two very different reasons

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Abraham Papali’i will be hoping to start against Ulster this Saturday, having come off the bench in last weekend's defeat to Munster. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

By JOHN FALLON

The switch of Connacht’s game against Ulster from the Sportsground to Aviva Stadium was, from the outset, met with not insignificant negativity by some fans and the business community, and with the anticipated attendance expected to be in the region of a disappointing 8,000 or so, some must be wondering if was worth moving the fixture at all.

Two things can alter that. There could still be a decent run on tickets which would make the venture financially worthwhile; and the other is a Connacht victory. A Connacht loss and the forfeiture of home advantage will come into the equation.

It could, equally, be argued that no matter where this game is a played, form so far in the URC suggests an Ulster victory. They are the only side with maximum points, four straight bonus point wins, and Connacht go into it with just one win in four.

Connacht coach Andy Friend says the players and management are not under any extra pressure to win Saturday’s clash.

“No, I don’t think so. I think we’ve got a lot of Connacht supporters who are going to be there. Family and friends are going to be there, so there’s always pressure to try and impress in front of them and to make sure you’re playing the best brand of rugby.

“But I don’t think moving the game to the Aviva has added pressure to us. Certainly, I don’t feel that, and I don’t think any of the players feel that.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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