Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Salthill Devon 1
Sheriff VC 2
A home tie against non-League opposition is exactly the kind of FAI Cup draw every team craves, but while Salthill Devon entered Drom with all the conditions being favourable they were still caught out by a Sheriff YC outfit who caused a mild surprise in the Third Round of the FAI Cup on Friday night.
Salthill’s failure to build on a reasonably decent start was ultimately the reason Sheriff took a League of Ireland scalp as the locals were repeatedly vexed at set piece situations. Sheriff were everything you would have expected them to be: tough, honest, and energetic, and their passion ensured the latest tale of woe in Salthill’s season was scripted.
Having shown traces of improvement under Paul ‘Ski’ McGee, Salthill were completely aware that a win would nudge them into the last 16 of the competition, and the possibility of another enticing tie there could leave them close to a quarter final place. It wasn’t to be as Sheriff celebrated one of their finest ever occasions, leaving Salthill in that miserable and familiar position of reflecting on what might have been.
The early evidence suggested that this was an eminently winnable tie for Salthill, who settled quickly with James Whelan providing a solid anchor in a new midfield role. Whelan was showing a willingness to venture forward too when the opportunity arose and Salthill clipped the ball around on a typically neat surface.
Still for all Salthill’s distribution, there was a lack of urgency in the final where Ciprian Struat offered the occasional flicker of skill without ever posing serious questions of the visitors. Indeed all Salthill mustered when they were on top was a long range Gearoid O’Leidhinn effort which drifted wide, while Lee Murphy gathered a Victor Collins shot at the second attempt.
Unsurprisingly as the first half evolved and Sheriff became more competitive and crisp in the tackle McGee’s promptings from the technical area were getting clearer and more audible. McGee has repeatedly stressed the need for patience, and while the club’s First Division results have improved, this was a sobering reality check because Salthill really should be claiming victories in this kind of environment. Confidence is certainly an issue and Salthill’s failure to be clinical early on proved costly as Sheriff’s physicality emerged as a key issue either side of the interval.
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.