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Terrific win over Dubs not enough to save Galway’s league hopes

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Dublin 1-14

Galway 4-12

POINTS difference is going to eliminate Galway from the upcoming Division One semi-finals, but Willie Ward’s young side can be take huge pride and lot of positives from their victory last Sunday.

Galway finished their round of seven normal League fixtures on 12 points, currently level with their opponents last weekend Dublin, Armagh, and Kerry. Despite much confusion, we will have to wait until the Cork vs Armagh match, which was called off on Sunday due to bad weather, is fulfilled before the actual make-up of the last four is known.

The management team have brought through a number of young players who have been very good this spring, with Megan Glynn and Shauna Hynes standing out. Roisin Leonard has taken to the role of chief scorer in her cousin Tracey’s absence. Winning four and losing three games, a lot can be taken from the League campaign overall.

Mistakes Galway made in Tuam were ironed out in Parnell Park. Against Cork they got caught out in defence numbers wise when possession was lost in attack, but that was corrected against Dublin. Patricia Gleeson and Nicola Burke replaced Deirdre Brennan and the injured Megan Heneghan respectively in the starting 15, and Gleeson was brilliant in the first half playing in a controlling role at midfield.

Herself and Lisa Gannon worked very well in tandem providing extra cover around the half-back line. Galway were also more direct and clinical in the forwards, and switching Megan Glynn to centre-half forward proved to be an excellent decision.

The Claregalway native had three different Dublin players put onto her, and she was particularly good in the first period playing a key role in both of Roisin Leonard’s first half goals. She also managed to score one herself to help Galway into a 3-6 to 1-7 half-time lead after they had played into the teeth of the wind.

To lead by five points at half-time, Galway had to recover from going five points down after 12 minutes. Dublin led 1-3 to 0-1, with star forward Sinead Aherne scoring two points and converting a second minute penalty after Niamh McEvoy had been pushed in the back by Lisa Gannon.

Glynn’s goal brought Galway back into it on the quarter hour mark, Louise Ward laying on the final pass. Two Roisin Leonard goals in two minutes then put Galway into a commanding position. Coming in the 23rd and 24th minutes, Glynn again made the scything incursions through the Dublin defence, and while all four Galway goals were well finished, Leonard’s second was memorable, going in after smashing the underside of the bar.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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