Struggling United slump to another disastrous defeat

Galway United's Stephen Kenny on the charge against Shelbourne's Mark Hughes during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Galway United's Stephen Kenny on the charge against Shelbourne's Mark Hughes during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United   1

Shelbourne 2

WITH the clock deep in additional time and Galway United having just pulled a goal back, it was time for some serious intent and when Tadhg Ryan gains possession in his area a long clearance into the heart of the visitors defence was what was required.

However, he just did what he was doing all day and rolls the ball to Robbie William just outside the box, but when the central defender’s left footed clearance arrowed straight into the Shelbourne dugout it just summed up what was a disastrous outing for the home side in this Airtricity First Division clash at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

It was United’s first match following the dismissal of manager Shane Keegan and all the speculation of the potential Saudi Arabian takeover, and saw coach Gary O’Connor take temporary charge for what he described “as this game only”.

The mid-season break allowed goalkeeper Ryan time to recover from injury while leading scorer Danny Furlong was named on the bench following his recent absence and as ever, the optimistic home support showed up to cheer on what they hoped would be a fresh start.

However, their optimism was not shared by those on the park as a very poor display was protected by the perfomance of Ryan who kept the scoreline respectable with some smashing saves. United’s late goal courtesy of a smashing Eoin McCormack free kick really just put a more acceptable gloss on proceedings.

Sure, there were a few half chances created, but the football just never flowed and more often than not they found themselves on the back foot as Shane Farrell and James English led a Shelbourne side that had far more zip about them. The visitors also included veterans Alan Byrne, Aidan Collins and Derek Prendergast, but they were never exposed and indeed were the foundation for a solid rearguard.

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