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Soccer heroes support big tribute night to late ex-Galway Utd player

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AN Irish soccer jersey signed by the squad involved in the recent World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Islands – including hat-trick hero and history maker Robbie Keane – is being auctioned as part of the tribute night being held in memory of former Galway United star Tommy Keane.

Galway native and first-choice Irish ‘keeper David Forde organised to have the jersey signed for the tribute night which takes place in Monroe’s Live on Friday,June 28.

It is one of four jerseys which are being auctioned in the run-up to the event. Aston Villa legend Gordon Cowans has provided an Aston Villa jersey which has been signed by Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann and Irish international Ciaran Clarke; while Galway native Alan Keane has provided a Sligo Rovers jersey which has been signed by the three Galway members of the Sligo squad – Keane, Seamus Conneely and Iarflaith Davoren. Connacht Rugby have also provided a match-day jersey signed by the 2013/14 squad.

Bids for the jerseys are being accepted on the Facebook page A Tribute To Tommy, or can be texted to Keith at 0872870821; Ronan at 087 6972823; or Willie at 087 6958781.

Members of Tommy’s family have come together with friends and former team-mates of the midfielder to arrange A Tribute for Tommy on Friday June 28, which will kick-off at 6.30pm with the game in South Park between the Galway United FAI Cup-winning squad of 1991 and a West United XI.

Tommy was a key part of the Cup-winning squad, scoring in every round up to the final, when he set up the only goal of the game for Johnny Glynn against Shamrock Rovers. Tommy, who started his career with West United and was a member of that Cup-winning side, died suddenly in December on his way home from a five-a-side soccer tournament which was being held on Sea Road in memory of another former West United player, Noel Crowley.

The game will be followed at 9pm by a night of music in Monroe’s Live on Dominick Street which will feature Greg and Mary, Bernard Mac and Band, and Ken Doyle and Streetwise.

Tickets for the night cost €10, and are available from Willie Grant (087 6958781), Peter Carpenter (086 2718744), Ronan Coleman (087 6972823), or from Monroe’s.

The Tribute to Tommy is being held in association with Croí, and a bucket collection for the charity will be taken at the game, while Tommy’s family will also be making a donation to the charity in Tommy’s memory.

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Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils

Keith Kelly

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GALWAY United had to twice come from behind against basement side Athlone Town on Monday night to snatch a draw that was, on balance, probably a little harsh on the visiting side.
Completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, United had an absolute howler from visiting goalkeeper, Aaron Myles, to thank for going into the break on level terms; and then needed an equaliser five minutes from time to claim a draw against a side that came into the game having lost all four games they had played this season.
Alan Murphy’s side already find themselves nine points behind the league leaders just four games into the season, and a major improvement is needed if they are to finish in the top half of the table and inside the play-off spots.
Their central midfield was way off the mark on Monday night – both Maurice Nugent and Sam Warde were hauled ashore before the final whistle – and having abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which delivered some decent results near the end of last season, they are struggling to get quality ball into the opposition box.
With Shane Duggan expected to return to central midfield after suspension for this Saturday’s trip to Cobh Ramblers, it might be time to go with some out-and-out wingers and get some cohesion in the side.
The first couple of half chances on Monday fell to the home side, but Mikey Place didn’t get any power behind his second minute effort; while Marc Ludden was well off target subsequently.
The visitors, who had the opening half’s best player in their ranks in the guise of Galway native, Ronan Manning, went close a couple of times themselves in the ninth minute, United surviving thanks to Cian Murphy getting a block on Adam Lennon’s shot; while Kevin Horgan pulled off a ‘worldie’ to deny Joel Coustrain from the subsequent corner.
By that stage, the visitors were starting to get on top, and they took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Manning’s corner from the left was met by Taner Dogan at the back post to head home as the United marking was, not for the first time this season, shambolic at a set-piece.
Tempers were starting to fray a little, with both sides having two players finding their way into the notebook of Dublin referee, Oliver Moran, before United were gifted an equaliser in the 41st minute.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Doyle bags hat-trick in Galway WFC romp

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Paul Corcorcan

GALWAY WFC notched a second win in a row in the Women’s National League when they defeated Limerick 6-1 at the Markets Field on Sunday afternoon.

A McKenna Doyle hat trick and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton and Aoife Thompson helped the Galway women to a resounding win. Five of the six goals for Galway were assisted by Lynsey McKey during what was a stellar performance by the experienced midfielder.

Galway WFC are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm) when they welcome league leaders Peamount United.

See full match report in City Tribune Sport.

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Cup offers United chance to boost morale

Stephen Glennon

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HAVING insisted all year that Galway United’s First Division campaign has been about developing their young talents, manager Alan Murphy has admitted this Sunday’s first round FAI Cup tie against Leinster Senior League side, Collinstown at Whitehall Stadium (2pm) is about winning.

United have not recorded a competitive victory since mid-May, when they came from behind to see off Longford Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Eamonn Deacy Park. That win came courtesy of two Vinny Faherty goals.

Since then, they have lost eight of their twelve outings, with their four draws coming against Cabinteely, Bray Wanderers, Athlone Town, and the First Division’s bottom team, Wexford Youths, who have won just two First Division fixtures this season.

However, this weekend’s Cup game against a non-League of Ireland outfit could provide a much-needed morale boosting victory for his charges.

“It would,” acknowledged Murphy. “Even to be in the next round of the FAI Cup would be huge; it would be huge for this group of inexperienced players that I have really. I mean, every game is a brilliant chance for these guys to get another little bit of experience, and to experience a different challenge, and this weekend will provide exactly that.

“I have said, week in, week out, this is a development year and these players need experience but this weekend is probably a little bit more about winning than it has been all season because of the fact you will be out of the competition if you don’t win,” he said.

Se full preview in City Tribune Sport.

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