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Red-hot Mervue United romp to victory at scorching Fahy’s Field

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Mervue United 4 Finn Harps  0

Jason Byrne at Fahy’s Field

Mervue United brushed Finn Harps aside in style at a scorching Fahy’s Field on Friday night for their biggest home win of the season, as the visitors’ poor record at the Galway venue continued.

Both sides were up against it from kick-off as temperatures continued to soar, and Finn Harps aimed to record their first ever win at Fahy’s Field after drawing 2-2 in their last visit.

But Mervue were simply too good, and goals from Jason Molloy, Michael Duffy, Ryan Manning and a screamer from Marc Ludden proved the difference.

The hosts had the first chance of the game when former Harps midfielder Gary Curran played a neat ball out to Gary Shanahan on the right, and he let fly but his low shot went inches wide of the far post.

The game was taking time to open up and the visitors first tested Mervue ’keeper Conor Gleeson when a long throw from James Doherty was met by stalwart Kevin McHugh on the volley, but Gleeson made a fine save.

Two minutes later the hosts launched another swift attack when Michael Duffy aimed for Ryan Manning, but the cross was hooked away at the last minute by Aaron O’Hagan.

Mervue hit the front on 19 minutes when Mark Forker clumsily challenged Noel Varley within range and Jason Molloy curled the resulting free kick beautifully into the top left corner.

From here Mervue began to dominate in spells and Harps struggled to gain a foothold in midfield, much to the anger of an animated Peter Hutton on the line.

Harps then created a half chance when McHugh laid it back for Johnny Bonner but he failed to find the target.

Midway through the half during a break in play, the fourth official allowed for a much-needed water break for which almost every player on the pitch obliged such was the heat.

Shortly after the half-hour mark a Manning corner was headed inches over by centre-half Ross Kenny as the Harps defence failed to track him, and two minutes later they were carved open again when Manning’s ball for Duffy left him in space but the offside flag came to their rescue.

A minute later Harps created another rare effort when a Ciaran Coll throw was collected by Forker and his low effort was easily saved by Gleeson.

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Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils

Keith Kelly

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Galway United 2
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

Stephen Glennon

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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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