Date Published: 09-May-2011
Galway United 0
Hector 33 & 70, Quigley 41
GALWAY United slumped to a fifth consecutive defeat on Friday night as their abysmal failure to defend set-pieces once again cost them dearly.
Sean Connor’s side had actually marginally shaded the opening exchanges, but once Michael Hector headed the visitors in front just past the half-hour mark, there was only ever going to be one winner as United heads dropped.
One Friday’s evidence, it is difficult to see how United can climb out of their current slump, as the defence is always liable to concede – just two clean sheets in 11 league games – and once the inevitable happens, the brittle confidence of the United players disintegrates.
Whatever self-belief they have is not helped by having cuts at each other on the pitch, and if Sean Kelly devoted just a fraction of the time picking up his man at set-pieces as he spent bawling out youngster Shane Keogh for any error, then there is a chance United would have taken something from Friday night’s game.
It was he who was supposed to be picking up Michael Hector at set-pieces, but the central-defender got his name on the scoresheet twice on Friday night as easily lost the United man for both of his goals, yet you didn’t see Keogh or anyone else screaming at Kelly for errors which were far more costly than any mistake Keogh made. It is easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is a different story.
The main difference between the two sides was United’s chronic inability to defend set-pieces, and Dundalk’s clinical approach in front of goal. The visitors had just two efforts on target in the first half, but scored both times to all but end the tie before the half-time cup of tea.
The fact United were marginally the better side for much of the opening 45 minutes is the bright light at the end of the tunnel, but the hope has to be the light is not that of an approaching train. Alan Murphy put in a decent shift, as did Stephen Walsh and Karl Moore, while Mikey Gilmore was full of running when introduced in the second half, but it is difficult both to see where any goals will come from, and how United can stop conceding, especially so cheaply.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.