Date Published: 20-Jun-2011
Shamrock Rovers 4
Galway United 0
Galway United’s woes in the Airtricity Premier Division continued in the Tallaght Stadium on Friday night, as a Billy Dennehy-inspired Shamrock Rovers ensured that The Tribesmen remain rooted to the bottom of the top-flight table.
This was United’s 12th straight defeat in the league, and 13th in total when you include the FAI Cup defeat at the hands of Dundalk, and they have a real fight on their hands if they are going to avoid the relegation play-off at the end of the season – the team that finishes bottom of the Premier Division will play the team that finishes third in the First Division for the right to play in the top flight in 2012.
With just four substitutes listed on the night, Sean Connor’s side were once again short on resources for their trip to the capital, and they opted to begin with a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Eduardo Dusi operating just in front of the back four, with the tenacious Mikey Gilmore once again occupying the lone striker role.
This tactic was deployed in order to stifle the Rovers’ middle-third, and was working quite well early on because, even though Michael O’Neill’s charge were well on top in terms of possession, they failed to test Greg Fleming in the United goal during the opening 10 minutes.
Indeed, it was Dusi who had the first shot of the contest on 13 minutes when he received the ball from a neat Bobby Ryan pass, though his subsequent effort was well held by Hoops ‘keeper Alan Mannus.
Nevertheless, this did serve as something of a wake-up call to the champions, and they responded brilliantly by opening the scoring just two minutes later courtesy of midfielder Stephen Rice, who slotted home coolly from eight yards after controlling a ball over the top from Gary Twigg.
This was certainly a blow to the United challenge, especially when you take into consideration how well they played during the opening 15 minutes. They suffered a further blow on 21 minutes when Rory Gartland had to leave the field of play with an injury, with Ronan Caldwell stepping in to fill the void on the right side of midfield.
By this point, Rovers could well have added to their advantage, only for Fleming to pull off a fantastic point-blank save from Gary O’Neill on 18 minutes, while Dennehy had a goal ruled out for offside just shy of the 20-minute mark.
United did have a good chance of their own just a minute after Caldwell’s arrival though, when the lively Gilmore intercepted the ball inside the Rovers area following some lax defensive play, but his left-footed drive from a tight angle didn’t have the right direction to trouble Mannus.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.