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Sinnott pounces in 90th minute to grab fortunate draw for Galway FC

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Sinnott pounces in 90th minute to grab fortunate draw for Galway FC

Sales of Optrex are thought to have risen dramatically in Galway on Saturday morning to wash-out the eyes of those who witnessed a dire performance from the home side in Eamonn Deacy Park the previous night, one which got the scarcely-deserved reward of a point courtesy of Paul Sinnott’s 90th minute equaliser.

Every team can have an off-night, but the home side’s display on Friday night was so far ‘off’, it stank the place out – no wonder manager Tommy Dunne kept his players in the dressing room for so long after the final whistle.

If there are any positives to be taken from the night, it is the fact that the home side kept battling and eventually snatched a point to stretch their unbeaten run to six games; while they also made up a point on second-placed Wexford Youths, who lost at home to Waterford United, and stayed nine points behind league leaders Shelbourne, who were held to a scoreless draw at home to Shamrock Rovers B.

That’s taking optimism to new levels, however – as one supporter said after the game, he has gone home disappointed on a couple of occasions this season after home games, but Friday night was the first time he went home disgusted.

Galway were expected to win Friday’s game, especially given Dunne’s recent comments about turning displays into results. Those expectation levels rose when the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute when full-back Caoimhin Bonner was shown a straight red card for a sliding tackle on Jake Keegan.

It was a tackle worthy of a booking, but the red looked a little harsh. Still, when you get a break like that, you have to make the most of it, so the fact the home side didn’t capitalise was yet another disappointing aspect of Friday night’s game.

At 865 people, it was one of the lowest attendances for a league game this season and for them it was a night of endurance rather than enjoyment. It is easy enough to put your finger on where it went wrong – the visitors appeared to want it more. The home side were guilty of woeful passing and over-hit crosses; of poor decision-making and a lack of commitment in the tackle; of a lack of imagination and leadership.

The match officials didn’t help the cause, with Tipperary referee Eoghan O’Shea blowing for a mind-boggling 33 free-kicks, but to blame the officials for the home side’s performance would be stretching things.

Dunne made three changes to the side which drew with Shamrock Rovers B the previous weekend, two of which were enforced. Stephen Walsh was suspended and Jason Molloy out injured, while Dunne also opted to drop the underperforming Vinny Faherty.

Into the side came Derek O’Brien and Marty Owens out wide, while Jake Keegan led the line up front, with Ryan Manning playing just behind him in the position Dunne has previously admitted is the teenager’s best.

It was a role for Manning that the fans have been crying out for, but with so many players putting in such poor displays, it didn’t pay the expected dividend. Owens was anonymous on the right wing, and while O’Brien saw plenty of ball on the opposite side, his crosses, particularly in the second-half, were constantly over-hit, which just ratcheted up the frustration both on and off the pitch.

For a full match report please see this week’s Sentinel

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O’Keeffe says season’s goal of winning promotion remains very much in United’s sights

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Conor O’Keeffe in action against Cobh Ramblers FC earlier this season. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United full-back Conor O’Keeffe insists there is no talk in the camp about the upcoming promotion play-offs, with all the focus each week being on the next game up for the side rather than the battle to join champions-elect Shelbourne in the top-flight next season.

A scoreless draw at home to Treaty United last weekend, coupled with a 2-0 win for Shelbourne away to Cork City, means the Dublin side has moved 10 points ahead of United at the top of the table with five games remaining.

Having lost just once all season – a defeat which was inflicted by United – the Tolka Park side are unlikely to let that 10-point lead slip, meaning that United’s hopes of promotion will rest with the play-offs.

O’Keeffe, who turns 28 on Sunday, says that promotion remains the goal of the squad, and that is the focus, not on the route that will be needed to secure that.

“We are taking things one game at a time, if you look beyond that, you forget to do that’s in front of you, so we are not even looking at the playoffs, you have to show up for each game.

“You have to take it just game by game, if you look farther ahead, you get a little carried away and you lose focus, and you just have to keep going.

“We just need to finish as high up the table as we can, anything can happen, it is a funny game at times, football, we have just got to believe – if you don’t believe there is no point, our goal is to get promoted and we still believe we can do that,” O’Keeffe says.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Favourites all advance with ease in the FAI Junior Cup

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Athenry's Seán O'Callaghan heads in his side's second goal despite the best efforts of Paddy Gannon and Shane Trill. Photo: Kennedy-Beirne/Eirefoto.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It might only have been the preliminary round of the FAI Junior Cup, but for certain teams with ambitions, it was hopefully the start of a long trail towards ultimate success, and the four fancied sides all advanced from their games with various degrees of comfort last weekend.

In the only all Premier Division clash, James Ryan secured the match winner as West United saw off St Bernard’s 1-0 in South Park. It was Ryan again who went closest to a second, but his effort on this occasion was thwarted by the woodwork. The victory sets them up for a First Round contest against Tuam Celtic on the last weekend of the month.

Hibernians were 3-2 winners over Dynamo Blues in Bohermore as Shane Hulgraine, Nathan Ward (striker) and an own goal were enough to see off the Tuam side for whom Alex Schmitt scored twice.

Scoreless at the break, Colga did all the damage against Bohemians on the resumption as they ran out 4-0 winners with Neil Greaney (3) and Colm McDonagh sharing the goals – Colga and Hibernians meet in the next round.

As to be expected Athenry were the most comfortable winners of the day as they defeated Renmore 6-0 with three goals coming in each-half. New central defender, Sean O’Callaghan, scored his first goals for the club as he notched a brace, while Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Colm O’Donovan and Garvan Broughall were also all on the mark as they set up a neighbourly contest with Corofin United.

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Galway United nearly there but scope for improvement

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Galway United's Joe Gorman on the ball against Kieran Hanlon of Treaty United FC during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Treaty United 0

A contest between two evenly-matched teams finished in stalemate on Friday night, nudging both sides closer to the play-offs, but leaving neither in doubt that major improvement is needed if they are to escape the doldrums of the First Division.

United shaded things in the first-half, with the visitors being the marginally better side for much of the second until they were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of former United man, Marc Ludden.

Already providing a stubborn and frustrating resistance to their hosts, Treaty dug in even further following that 73rd minute red card, and with United struggling to find their mojo of late, the game petered out into that predictable scoreless draw.

The league takes another break this weekend with the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup taking centre stage, giving the United camp some additional time to find that spark that has been missing for the past three games following that stirring 3-1 win over Shelbourne in mid-August.

With free-scoring UCD up next for United, that additional time needs to be well spent for, while United are almost assured of the play-offs, they have serious work to do to if they are to take confidence and momentum into those play-offs, and the visit of the Students to the Dyke Road on Friday week will really test the home side.

John Caulfield made two changes to the team which beat Cabinteely the previous week, with Luke Dennison coming in for the suspended Conor Kearns in goals, while Stephen Walsh replaced Alex Murphy at left-back.

The game was preceded by a thunderous minute’s applause from both home and away fans for the late Sam Oji, a man who graced the jersey of both Galway United and of Treaty United’s predecessor, Limerick FC, who died suddenly last month from cancer at the age of just 35.

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