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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.