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Sleepless night but Rogers still emerged a cup winner

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Derek Rogers who captained the last Galway United side to appear in - and win - a domestic cup decider, the League Cup final of 1996/97. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

IT is just three months short of 19 years since Galway United last appeared in a domestic cup final, and just like back in League Cup final of the 1996/97 season, United go into Saturday’s decider against St Patrick’s Athletic as underdogs.

Back then, a United side plying their trade in the First Division met Cork City over two legs in the League Cup final, and Dennis Clarke’s side stunned their more venerated opponents to claim the cup with a 4-2 aggregate win.

Derek Rogers captained the side to cup success that year in the last of his 11 seasons at the club, and says that while winning the FAI Cup with United in 1991 was a highlight, “to be the captain of a team that wins a national trophy, it’s not every player that has that privilege”.

United’s preparations for that final almost two decades ago were hardly ideal: having won the first leg 3-1 on December 17 in Terryland Park with goals from Mark Herrick, Ronan Killeen and Jumbo Brennan, the players drove down to Cork the day before the second leg in their own cars in fairly treacherous freezing conditions, and stayed overnight in a hotel in the heart of the city. On New Year’s Eve.

“Yeah, there wasn’t much of ringing in the New Year. I didn’t have a great night’s sleep either, but it had nothing to do with parties going on around us – I was sharing a room with Stephen Lally and he talked all night!” Rogers jokes.

Not every member of the squad travelled down 24 hours in advance, as Ronan and Conor Killeen buried their grandfather on New Year’s Eve, and travelled to Turner’s Cross on the day of the game.

It was also a second trip to Cork in the space of 10 days – United had travelled to St Coleman’s Park on December 21 for a league game, just four days after the first leg of the final. It was little surprise that they lost 4-1.

“We were complete underdogs, no-one gave us a chance in the final, but the first leg was a very special night in Terryland Park. It was a week before Christmas, the place was packed, and there was no way they were going to beat us.

“I think it caught them by surprise, the atmosphere, the support we had and the style of football we played and Cork weren’t expecting that. From the first whistle I had no doubt that we would win.

“On the day of the second leg, the pitch was covered in ice. If that was today, the game would never go ahead, but I was praying they would play it as I thought it gave us a great chance. It would be a real lottery with players slipping and the ball skidding all over the place, which wouldn’t suit a side chasing a two goal deficit,” says Rogers, who now works at NUI Galway as well as providing analysis on United’s matches for Galway Bay FM.

City got back into the tie with a goal from Damien O’Connell after just 12 minutes, but United soaked up the pressure for the rest of the half before getting on top for the second 45 minutes, and when Fergal Coleman restored their two-goal aggregate lead with an equaliser in the 68th minute, the heart was pulled out of the Cork challenge.

Back then, the early stages of the League Cup was run on a regional pool basis, with United grouped with Athlone Town, UCG and Limerick. They started with a 2-0 defeat at home to Athlone Town, but qualified from the group with wins at home to UCG (2-0) and away to Limerick (2-1) to set-up a quarter-final meeting with a Derry City side that went on to win the league.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Barna collect two cups in a week after seeing off Stars

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Barna's Cathal Folan breaking past the challenge of Tuam Stars' John Donnellan during the 2020 County junior football final at Pearse Stadium on Friday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy

BARNA 0-13

TUAM STARS 1-8

Mark Walsh at Pearse Stadium

FOR the second time in seven days, Barna brought a cup back out the R336 road from Salthill.

Last Friday evening’s victory in the Junior A County final of 2020 – played in June of 2021 – coming on the coattails of the West Board win over St Michael’s, means that Barna will have the distinction of fielding teams at senior and junior level this year.

That Barna harbour that distinction, and not Tuam Stars, is something the North Board club have only to look in the mirror to find the exact answer as to why.

Tuam scored 1-8, and left 24 other scoring chances by the seaside, including a total of 15 wides. In their changed strip of green and yellow that resembled the Meath jersey, Tuam were actually the greater contributor to the good football played in sublime conditions on a balmy summer’s evening. Dry sod, fast ball, Ray Silke would have approved.

Some of the shots Tuam took on, and did not convert, in the final quarter were low percentage ones. Not having played a competitive game in eight months, since the North Board Junior A County final when seeing off Milltown last October, left Tuam’s players off the pace in the scoring stakes, and understandably so.

They were at a disadvantage to Barna in this regard. Barna had picked up the 2020 West Board Junior A title the Friday evening beforehand at Pearse Stadium, a final in which they totted up a noteworthy tally of 0-18 beating St Michael’s.

Barna added John Gately and Ryan Folan to the starting 15 which had lined out against Michael’s, two men who have worn the club’s colours at senior level in recent years. As hoped for from a Barna perspective, they both made their respective presence felt on proceedings, particularly in the first half an hour.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Greaney’s haul of four goals help Colga clinch league title

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Craughwell's Mark Cunningham is unable to prevent Colga substiute Oisin Greaney from finding the net in Sunday's Second Division tie in Coleman Park. EIREFOTO

Craughwell United 0

Colga 6

By Mike Rafferty

COLGA are unbeaten in two seasons of league football and with their achievements of last season scrubbed from the record books with the campaign abandoned due to covid issues, they got a compensation of sorts on Sunday last when they were belatedly crowned Second Division champions.

On an excellent surface in Craughwell, Colga were in command from the moment they converted a softly awarded penalty after 19 minutes and with Neil Greaney going on to score four goals, they moved five points clear at the top of the table with just one game remaining.

In reality, Colga are way too strong for this division and averaging six goals per game, they are powering their way to wins in a convincing fashion.

However, it is not just about the wins, but their style of play that created such an impression. It is all about possession and movement and their passing game would grace the Premier League in comfort and being a physically strong side, they have abilities worthy of a higher stage.

Now to the credit of a much younger Craughwell, they tried to match the visitors on Sunday and despite the final outcome, they worked hard and deserved some finishing reward. Indeed, they should have taken the lead when central defender Daniel Grealish headed a Mark Cunningham corner wide at the far post.

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United are on the rise after season’s best sinks visitors

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Galway United's Wilson Waweru moments after scoring Galway United’s goal in their First Division victory over Cabinteely at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 1

Cabinteely 0

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

IT is hard to know if it was the mid-season break or the return of fans to the stands, but something has finally clicked for Galway United as they strung back-to-back wins together for the first time this season with a thoroughly deserved victory over Cabinteely last Friday night.

Billed as something of a grudge match, the expectation was there might be a bit of needle to the game but that never threatened to materialise, simply because the visiting players couldn’t get near their hosts.

United only had the one goal to show for their efforts, but that is all it took to win the game as the home side bounced back from a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Shelbourne before the two-week break to record successive wins and move back into the play-off spots in an incredibly congested table.

The FAI might as well hand Shels the league trophy now as the only unbeaten side in either division are eight points clear and looking untouchable, but just six points separate Treaty United in second from Athlone Town in seventh in the table.

United are sitting in the middle of that in fourth after finally hitting their stride after an uninspiring start to the campaign. Last Friday night’s first-half was the finest 45 minutes of ball United have played this season – it was what was expected from the first weekend, and now that they have found their standard, they can’t let it slip.

It was a delight to see that young local lad, Alex Murphy (16) retained his place in the starting XI after his impressive debut the previous week. The Corrandulla teenager, who joined the club’s U-17 Academy side from Corrib Celtic in 2019, impressed in his debut the previous week against Athlone Town, and he shone again on Friday night, looking more like a veteran than a rookie.

There were two changes to the side that defeated Athlone Town, with Mikey Place and David Hurley both coming into the side, with Chris Horgan and Shane Duggan dropping to the bench, but the biggest thing on the night was the use of a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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