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Trip down memory lane – Galway FC host Wexford Youths in Eamonn Deacy Park

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Terryland Park before it was redeveloped in the early 1990s. The new-look ground will host its first Sunday afternoon League game since March 1993 this Sunday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The Dyke Road could be unofficially renamed as Memory Lane this Sunday as Galway United/FC plays its first Sunday afternoon League of Ireland game at Eamonn Deacy Park for more than two decades.

There were FAI Cup semi-finals in 1999 (against Finn Harps) and 2000 (against Shelbourne), but you have to go back to Sunday March 14, 1993, for the last time a league game was played at the ground on a Sunday afternoon.

That game saw Galway United defeat St James’ Gate 4-0 in a season in which Tony Mannion’s side went on to win the First Division title and gain promotion to the Premier Division, and while the same title is out of reach this time around, promotion is very much to the fore for the latest players to represent Galway city and county in the national league.

Galway FC head into Sunday’s final league game of the season against Wexford Youths (kick-off 3pm) three points ahead of the team from the South East, and with a goal difference which is 14 better off than Sunday’s visitors.

That means Shane Keegan’s side need something of a miracle to overhaul the Tribesmen and book a place in the First Division play-off against Shelbourne, although Galway FC manager Tommy Dunne is taking nothing for granted ahead of Sunday’s game.

“We need to be professional and full focussed on Sunday’s game, I think people are jumping the gun saying we have made the play-offs, but Wexford can still catch us so neither me nor my players are taking anything for granted.

“We still have a job to do and we will approach this game like we would any other – wanting to win it. If we start thinking the job is done, we could slip in to some bad habits, and you are in danger if you do that.

“Wexford will give this a right go, they will come at us from the very start and we have to be clued-in from the first whistle. In one way that might work in our favour, but we have to make sure we are at the pitch of the game from the very start,” he said.

It will be an afternoon of nostalgia for older followers of Galway United, recalling the days of the old shed and the chicken-wire boundary fence; the rickety old dressing rooms and the moss-covered ‘al-fresco’ toilets, which had strategically placed concrete blocks you could stand on to ensure you didn’t miss any of the action!

Dunne is anxious to give today’s fans a memorable end to this season’s campaign, and continue their recent impressive run, which saw five straight wins before last week’s draw away to Shelbourne. He says that only for the same old failings of the season to resurface last Friday night in Tolka Park, his side should be looking for a magnificent seven of victories on Sunday.

“It was the story of our season on Friday night – we had plenty of opportunities to win the game, but just didn’t take them. If we took even half the chances we had over the season to win games, we’d have been right in the hunt for the title, but it wasn’t to be.

“Shelbourne are waiting in the play-offs for either us or Wexford, and they are a very good side. They have plenty of experience so if we do make the play-offs, we need to be heading into those games [over the next two weekends] in the best for possible.

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

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Bragging rights go to NUIG Maree on opening weekend

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NUIG Maree's Eoin Rockall jumps to shoot as Grant Olsson of Moycullen tries to block in the Super League meeting between the sides in NUIG last Saturday. Photo: Ed Shiel.

NUIG Maree made it four straight wins over local rivals Moycullen in the Men’s Super League to get their 2021/22 campaign off to a winning start in the Kingfisher Gym last Saturday.

A tense game between two nervous-looking sides went the way of Charlie Crowley’s charges, though both sides will know there is plenty of scope for improvement in the weeks ahead.

NUIOG Mystics also made a winning start to their season, blowing away the challenge of the Marble City Hawks down in Kilkenny, and with a side featuring seven players who featured for Maree in the Women’s Super League two season ago, in addition to two string US imports, Paul O’Brien’s side could be dark horses for league honours this season.

Titans mase a welcome return to the national league on Saturday but their trip to league newcomers, Drogheda Wolves, ended in defeat, though jack Considine’s already young squad was hit by a raft of injuries ahead of the game, though taking a long-term view, the club is handing a lot of young players valuable league experience, which can only benefit Titans in the years ahead.

Maree  70

Moycullen 68

Super League basketball fans got a scintillating return to action Saturday night in NUI Galway as Moycullen and Maree played out a nail biter, with Maree scraping by as winners 70 to 68. writes Cian Nihill.

After an enthralling back and forth encounter, the local derby and season opener came down to the final minutes when six straight Grant Olsson points for Moycullen had the nominal visitors trailing by one with 24 seconds left and possession.

It would be Olsson again who took on the responsibility and, having dragged his side to within touching distance of the win, had to endure the heartache of seeing his 3-point attempt narrowly miss.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hibs get off the mark with derby win over Rangers

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Mervue United goalkeeper Daire Geraghty gets his clearance away despite the challenge of Loughrea's Kieran Bane in Mervue's 5-2 league win over their visitors in Fahy's Field last weekend. Photo: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

Recent seasons have proved to be somewhat of a struggle for Hibernians, but despite regular positioning in the lower regions of the Premier Division, they have always survived and in the current campaign with four teams to be relegated from the 12-team league, matters look like they will be very competitive for a number of teams to avoid the drop.

Just about six weeks into the new season, just four points separate the nine teams outside the top three and indeed just one point separates the bottom seven sides.

The action is competitive and indeed three of those lower positioned teams fashioned a first league win of the campaign over the weekend, with Hibernians the most impressive with a 5-0 success over Corrib Rangers.

Dean Cullinane, Shane Walsh, Jason McPhilbin, Jason McDonagh (pen) and Alex Murphy with his first senior goal all found the range for the Bohermore side on Sunday morning.

Maree/Oranmore were also convincing winners with a 3-0 away success over Tuam Celtic as Luke Smyth, Andrew Connolly and Pricewell Diala all found the range for the visitors.

Kerill Hardiman and Ryan Noone got the goals as Colemanstown United also fashioned a first win with a 2-1 success over a Corrib Celtic side for whom Shane Concannon got their lone reply.

Even at this early stage of the season, the challenge for Premier Division title looks to lie between three sides as Mervue United, Athenry and Salthill Devon appear to be the likely contenders.

Mervue United were making it five wins on the trot as they maintained their top position with a 5-2 win over Loughrea at Fahy’s Field. As ever, leading scorer Enda Curran found the range with a brace, as Jonathan Hannifin, Hakeem Ryan and Aaron Molloy also hit the target in a convincing success. Kieran Bane was on the mark with both goals for the visitors.

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

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Aki returns for daunting trip to Thomond Park

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Connacht’s Matthew Burke braces for a tackle from Aaron Wainright of the Dragons in last weekend's game in the Sportsground.

BY JOHN FALLON

The return of Bundee Aki will give Connacht a badly needed boost after their collapse against Dragons last weekend as they face into two crucial derby clashes against Munster this Saturday in Thomond Park (7.35pm)and then against Ulster in Aviva Stadium on Saturday week, October 23 (5.15pm)

Aki is set to become the first British and Irish Lion to play for Connacht in the professional era and Peter Wilkins, who has moved to a more senior role as well as taking charge of attack, said that Aki is gunning for action.

“The way we are playing gives him that little bit more freedom to express himself, and also for him to feed off the opportunity of other attackers around him. I think the way we are playing will suit him. He’s enjoying training and the details that goes into that. It’s enormously exciting for him and it’s great for us.

“Bundee’s specific role over the past few weeks was to get up to speed with the way we are trying to play in attack and defence. Obviously, there are way more changes to the way we are attacking so it has been him getting up to speed with that.

“There have been different avenues to that, there has been work off-field, one-on-one meetings with us as coaches, obviously he has had catch-ups with the players, with the leadership groups and he has been able to be on the grass at training in the past few weeks, observing, and then training with the group. So he has had a really nice layer of introductions to what we are trying to do.

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

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