Date Published: 18-May-2011
AT PEARSE STADIUM
FOUR unanswered points in the final 10 minutes – which included the winner from a Phillip Lydon free two minutes into injury time – secured a depleted Moycullen a precious first round derby victory over an extremely wasteful Barna in this uninspiring senior championship tie at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.
While Moycullen may have garnered the win, the finger pointing in the post match analysis was all in the Barna direction. For the majority of this fixture, they had dominated proceedings, but 13 wides throughout was to cost them dearly.
Indeed, in the second period alone, Barna tallied no less than nine of those wides while Moycullen custodian James Keane took down a plethora of other efforts from underneath his crossbar. Quite simply, it was atrocious marksmanship from a Barna perspective and if the 2010 county semi-finalists are to go on a similar run as last year, then they better start fine tuning the radar.
As for Moycullen, you would have to admire their indomitable spirit. Shorn of the services of so many key players – Paul and Gearóid Clancy, Kieran O’Connor, Donal Byrne, David Wynne, Sean and Gareth Bradshaw and Diarmuid Lee – a lesser team would have been content to be in touch at the end, but not Moycullen. Somehow, they managed to conjure up a result out of nothing.
And it was out of nothing. Although playing with a strong wind, Moycullen trailed their neighbours by five points to four at the change of ends and for the opening 20 minutes of the second period, Padraic Oates’ men were played off the park. In fact, their only attack in this time was a 45th minute point from Martin Maloney, following good work from centre forward Tomas Higgins.
In contrast, Barna were creating chance upon chance and in the first five minutes of the second half they kicked as many wides. True, the misty, windy conditions were at times unforgiving, while the football, for the most part, was like one big bar of soap. But it was the same for both sides.
In any event, from approximately 15 scoring opportunities in the second half – and that is a conservative estimate – Barna kicked just three points, namely two frees from the lively DD Flaherty on 37 and 46 minutes and a superb score from Ray Conneely on 49 minutes.
That proved to be Barna’s last score while Moycullen, sensing there was something to be taken from the game, sprung to life in the closing stages. Lydon hammered over a free on 51 minutes, before he cleverly punched over another point – following hard graft from Pat Lydon and Fergus Kerrigan in the build up – four minutes later.
When Pat Lydon got on the end of a move involving Brian Faherty and Phillip Lydon just moments after to tie up the match, the stitching in Barna’s patchy performance began to unravel uncontrollably. Indeed, from being in a position where they had bossed the contest for long periods, they were now fighting to cling on to a result.
For more, read this week’s Connacht 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.