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Murray’s late penalty earns United share of the spoils

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St Patrick’s Athletic 1

MAYBE, just maybe, this game will prove a turning point in Galway United’s season as they grabbed a last-minute equaliser on Friday night to stay in touch with the teams above them at the wrong end of the table.

Ronan Murray grabbed his fourth league goal of the season when converting from the penalty spot in the 89th minute – United’s first penalty in a staggering 72 games – to take a share of the spoils against a side that went into the weekend just one place, but four points, ahead of them in the table.

A defeat would have been disastrous for United, as it would have allowed  St Pats pull further away from the three-team relegation trap-door. Instead, at the end of the weekend’s action, they made up a point on Sligo Rovers, Drogheda United, and Bohemians, and while still a worrying five points off safety, it is the psychological boost that Friday’s result should produce that could be key.

They huffed and puffed for large parts of the game, but the introduction of Gavan Holohan in the 64th minute, and Kevin Devaney ten minutes later, gave United a real lift, a more attacking edge, and the return of those players form injury could help turn the season around.

Given that United and Pat’s occupied the bottom two places in the table going into the game, it was little surprise that they created few chances in a first-half in which the visitors edged in terms of possession, but Liam Buckley’s side managed to get their noses in front just before the break.

The visitors had a goal disallowed in the 16th minute when Rory Feely was left unmarked to meet a Conan Byrne corner from the left with a powerful header. The ball ended in the net, but the assistant referee had spotted that Kurtis Byrne was standing in an offside position on the goal-line, and raised his flag.

United didn’t learn from that lesson, however, and allowed St Pats to take the lead from an exact replica of that corner-kick in the 40th minute, Feely again being left unmarked to send a bullet-like header past Winn for the opening goal.

“We are where we are because we keep conceding avoidable goals, and that was the ultimate in an avoidable goal, absolutely unforgiveable. If you watch Soccer Republic any Monday night, every team seems to have to work for the goals they score, except against us, they don’t have to work for the goal, we do something stupid.

“They are an absolutely fantastic dressing rooms of players, the talent we have is as good as anything in the league, outside Dundalk and Cork, but we are killing ourselves and making life so hard for ourselves,” Keegan said after the game.

The manager was at his angriest this season after the game, and with reason as well: United really only started to play for the last 20 minutes or so, and as Keegan said post match, if they continue to do for the next few games, then it will be too late to climb away from the relegation zone.

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Magnificent property boasts all the elegance of a showhouse

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High standard of finish: Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Farrell Auctioneers are handling the sale of this magnificent home at Bóthar na Mias in Kinvara.

Number 19 simply oozes style and there’s no question it’s right up there with the best of showhouses.

It boasts character and comfort with its design allowing light to flow brightly throughout – thanks to the large glass wall window it features.

A three-bed property, there is also potential for a fourth bedroom on the ground floor. The living area and kitchen are tastefully designed and laid out with modern day comforts in mind.

The bespoke kitchen is every homemakers dream, with its floor to ceiling kitchen units as well as many other features.

This beautiful residence is located within walking distance of Kinvara Bay which is one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Not alone would the property make a beautiful family home and the occupants would have the benefit of the unrivalled natural beauty that the area has to offer, but this lively picturesque village has all amenities needed for everyday living such as schools, childcare, post office, a host of restaurants/cafes/bars, playground, medical centre, hotel, GAA facilities not to mention the instant access to a selection of beaches dotted along the Wild Atlantic way.

Selling agent Colm Farrell said: “This property has to be viewed to appreciate both the dwelling and the stunning setting.”

 The asking price is €450,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Farrell Auctioneers on 091 632688.

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Bemoaning loss of innocence in a sport driven by big bucks

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Brazil dazzled the world of football in 1970 with their mix of pace, grace and sheer footballing class.

Country Living with Francis Farragher

I’m not big into trying to resolve the huge issues of the world like wars, climate change or attempting to dethrone the obnoxious Elon Musks of this world, primarily on the basis that my influence would be akin to a moth trying to stop a herd of charging elephants.

And, I suppose at this stage, I have to accept that it’s far too late to try and call a halt to the World Cup proceedings in Qatar but for the life of me, the event doesn’t even send a sliver of enthusiasm through my nervous system.

Maybe, it’s an old-fashioned streak that’s there inside of me, but the thought of watching World Cup matches in the run-up to Christmas just doesn’t seem right. Okay, so it will be about 30°C in the heart of the Qatar desert but watching a World Cup semi-final in the middle of the Christmas office party is just a stretch too far for me.

Alas, World Cup memories go back a long way with me to a late Sunday in July 1966 when as a ‘small boy’ I was given the job of ‘minding’ the house while the ‘rest of them’ saved a small field of hay a couple of miles away from the house.

Of course, at the time there wasn’t even a faint chance of a black-and-white TV in the house, while visits to any abode that might have a telly, were strictly confined to a Sunday with the stipulation that Galway footballers had to be involved.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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