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New Galway boss keeps things in perspective after easy victory over Cork

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New Galway manager Micheal Donoghue surveys the scene ahead of last Sunday's National League win over Cork at Pearse Stadium.

THE Galway senior hurlers will look to build on their opening round victory over Cork when they face Dublin on Saturday (7pm) under floodlights at Parnell Park in round two of the National League.

The six-day turnaround from the six-point defeat of the Rebels at Pearse Stadium last Sunday, isn’t ideal, admitted manager Micheál Donoghue, but the winning momentum is welcome.

“The mood is good and it gave us confidence,” he said. “It’s a very competitive league so it’s good to get the win and the two points.”

Another positive is an assessment of the squad at a recovery session Monday showed no fresh injuries from the weekend’s action.

Daithi Burke (wrist), who was named to start at full-back, was a late withdrawal after failing a fitness test prior to throw-in. It was unclear midweek whether he would be fit enough to be named in the starting XV that will be announced after training Thursday night; although his replacement John Hanbury was solid.

Elsewhere, Galway U21 and Kilnadeema/Leitrim club man, Brian Molloy, who was named among the substitutes in the programme, was replaced in the match-day squad by Gort’s Richie Cummins. Molloy picked up an AC joint injury that will sideline him for several weeks. Iarla Tannian is nursing a knock but should be available for the third game of the league in March away to Kilkenny.

Galway’s forward unit in particular sparkled against Cork, who afforded far too much leeway and space to their opponents. That the Tribesmen had the guile and class to exploit the spaces to punish the visitors was the most pleasing aspect of the 1-27 to 1-21 win.

And even though Dublin were beaten out the gap by Tipperary last Saturday night (the final score in Thurles was Tipperary 1-23 to Dublin’s 0-12) Donoghue says the Leinster men pose a big threat.

“Dublin beat us by nine points three weeks ago and that score definitely flattered us in the performance we had that day. We need an improvement to overturn that. It’s a huge task going up to Parnell Park and we’re well aware of that but we’re looking forward to that,” said the Clarinbridge man.

It is quite legitimate for the manager to point to the most recent meeting between these sides, in the Walsh Cup, but the line-ups this Saturday will bear little resemblance to those that featured in January.

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

 

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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

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