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New Galway women’s soccer club in plea for sponsorship ahead of Irish League debut

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Mike Rafferty

NEWLY formed senior soccer club Galway WFC has issued a call to the local business community to get on board to help bring Women’s National League football to Galway this September.

Their application to enter the Bus Éireann WNL has been warmly received by the FAI and the wider soccer community, while the Galway FA has also backed the club which will see it play its home games in Eamonn Deacy Park, Terryland from September 2013.

News of the club has reached Aras an Uachtaran with President Michael D. Higgins welcoming the arrival of Galway WFC and calling it a “a valuable initiative” he is “happy to commend.”

“Across the various codes, Galway has a proud sporting tradition – not least in the area of soccer. Any endeavour that promotes greater participation by women in sport is to be encouraged,” he added.

The club is now issuing a call of its own to the commercial sector throughout Ireland for support. Club Chairman Stephan Moran said: “We have been delighted with the level of interest we have received to date in Galway WFC. While we appreciate that finances are tightening we are hoping to reach out to an unique demographic which will appeal to many companies. We have many attractive packages to suit all budgets.”

Back in 2008 the Galway and District League team won the Women’s FAI Senior Cup when defeating Raheny by 1-0 in the final at Dalymount Park, but the opportunity to build on that success just wasn’t there, due to the lack of a National structure.

However in 2011 all that changed, as the formation of the FAI Bus Eireann WNL (Women’s National League) gave players an opportunity to play at the highest level on a weekly basis. Seven teams from around the country form the WNL and for the first time it looks like Galway will have a team for next season.

Indeed, over the years, Galway has produced many talented players, with the majority going on to represent Ireland at various age levels. Arsenal’s Niamh Fahey would certainly be the most high profile of those and, indeed, scored the winning penalty in Women’s FAI Senior Cup final in 2008.

An All-Ireland winner with the Galway Ladies GAA team the year before, Fahey moved to London the following year and since then had been a multiple League and Cup winner with the Gunners as well as being a seasoned Irish international.

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

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Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils

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Athlone Town 2

GALWAY United had to twice come from behind against basement side Athlone Town on Monday night to snatch a draw that was, on balance, probably a little harsh on the visiting side.
Completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, United had an absolute howler from visiting goalkeeper, Aaron Myles, to thank for going into the break on level terms; and then needed an equaliser five minutes from time to claim a draw against a side that came into the game having lost all four games they had played this season.
Alan Murphy’s side already find themselves nine points behind the league leaders just four games into the season, and a major improvement is needed if they are to finish in the top half of the table and inside the play-off spots.
Their central midfield was way off the mark on Monday night – both Maurice Nugent and Sam Warde were hauled ashore before the final whistle – and having abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which delivered some decent results near the end of last season, they are struggling to get quality ball into the opposition box.
With Shane Duggan expected to return to central midfield after suspension for this Saturday’s trip to Cobh Ramblers, it might be time to go with some out-and-out wingers and get some cohesion in the side.
The first couple of half chances on Monday fell to the home side, but Mikey Place didn’t get any power behind his second minute effort; while Marc Ludden was well off target subsequently.
The visitors, who had the opening half’s best player in their ranks in the guise of Galway native, Ronan Manning, went close a couple of times themselves in the ninth minute, United surviving thanks to Cian Murphy getting a block on Adam Lennon’s shot; while Kevin Horgan pulled off a ‘worldie’ to deny Joel Coustrain from the subsequent corner.
By that stage, the visitors were starting to get on top, and they took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Manning’s corner from the left was met by Taner Dogan at the back post to head home as the United marking was, not for the first time this season, shambolic at a set-piece.
Tempers were starting to fray a little, with both sides having two players finding their way into the notebook of Dublin referee, Oliver Moran, before United were gifted an equaliser in the 41st minute.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Doyle bags hat-trick in Galway WFC romp

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Paul Corcorcan

GALWAY WFC notched a second win in a row in the Women’s National League when they defeated Limerick 6-1 at the Markets Field on Sunday afternoon.

A McKenna Doyle hat trick and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton and Aoife Thompson helped the Galway women to a resounding win. Five of the six goals for Galway were assisted by Lynsey McKey during what was a stellar performance by the experienced midfielder.

Galway WFC are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm) when they welcome league leaders Peamount United.

See full match report in City Tribune Sport.

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Cup offers United chance to boost morale

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HAVING insisted all year that Galway United’s First Division campaign has been about developing their young talents, manager Alan Murphy has admitted this Sunday’s first round FAI Cup tie against Leinster Senior League side, Collinstown at Whitehall Stadium (2pm) is about winning.

United have not recorded a competitive victory since mid-May, when they came from behind to see off Longford Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Eamonn Deacy Park. That win came courtesy of two Vinny Faherty goals.

Since then, they have lost eight of their twelve outings, with their four draws coming against Cabinteely, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town, and the First Division’s bottom team, Wexford Youths, who have won just two First Division fixtures this season.

However, this weekend’s Cup game against a non-League of Ireland outfit could provide a much-needed morale boosting victory for his charges.

“It would,” acknowledged Murphy. “Even to be in the next round of the FAI Cup would be huge; it would be huge for this group of inexperienced players that I have really. I mean, every game is a brilliant chance for these guys to get another little bit of experience, and to experience a different challenge, and this weekend will provide exactly that.

“I have said, week in, week out, this is a development year and these players need experience but this weekend is probably a little bit more about winning than it has been all season because of the fact you will be out of the competition if you don’t win,” he said.

Se full preview in City Tribune Sport.

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