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.
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.