Oscar Traynor squad get off to an impressive start


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Oscar Traynor squad get off to an impressive start Oscar Traynor squad get off to an impressive start

Roscommon League 0

Galway League 2

Two second-half goals got the Galway Leagues Oscar Traynor Cup campaign off to a winning start in Lecarrow on Sunday as they bid to win a trophy that is almost alien to western shores.

Manager Rodney Grant put together a young team selection and one that had too much ability for a Roscommon side who defended well in the opening half, but could not keep out a pacey and youthful visitors on the resumption.

While chances were created in the opening half, Galway struggled to get the better of goalkeeper Ross McManus, as a combination of poor finishing and the woodwork was to keep the tie scoreless at the break.

However, just two minutes after the restart, the former Galway United striker Padraic Cunningham broke through before being upended by McManus in the box and from the resulting penalty, the Headford native slotted home for a 1-0 advantage.

The excellent set-piece deliveries of Adam Duffy were creating chances, but Paul Scally failed to hit the target after getting on the end of the best of them.

The visitors were eventually rewarded with the second when a smashing Gavin Gilmore cross set up substitute Cole Connolly to make it 2-0 and in the process sealed the win.

The game saw the introduction of a number of new players at this level as the likes of Gavin Gilmore, Kody McCann, Iffy Asogu, Ben Molloy, and Calum Browne made a huge impression and were major contributors to the win.

In the other group game played on Saturday, the Mayo League defeated Sligo/Leitrim 1-0 and will visit Eamonn Deacy Park in the next round on Sunday October 29.

Pictured: Jack Greaney scored for Renmore in their 2-1 win away to St Bernard’s.

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