Cobh Ramblers 1
Galway United 2
TWO goals in the space of 90 seconds midway through the first-half sealed a deserved, if somewhat nervous, win for Galway United away to Cobh Ramblers on Saturday night.
Strikes from Conor Barry and Eoin McCormack had the visitors cruising, but the loss of central defender, Stephen Walsh, on the half-hour mark saw United lose their hold on the game, and they had to withstand sustained pressure from the home side in the second-half to clinch a win that edges them closer to the play-off places.
New United manager, Alan Murphy, made just one change to the side which defeated Athlone Town the previous week, introducing Robbie Williams for the unfortunate Conor Layng, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cruciate injury.
However, the introduction of Williams heralded a major switch in tactics from United, who lined out in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Williams employed alongside Alex Byrne as two holding midfielders, a strategy that paid rich dividends.
Walsh was forced off with a cut to his head in the 33rd minute, but Murphy said the central defender should be available for this Friday’s trip to UCD, and if that is the case, a similar set-up can be expected for the clash with the table-toppers.
It was all so different from less than two months ago, when a United side lacking any kind of confidence or belief played out an insipid draw at St Colman’s Park on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
That was in the middle of a six-game run without a win, a bad sequence of results that eventually cost Shane Keegan his job, but the turnaround in approach and attitude from United’s players in just two games since Murphy’s appointment has been refreshing, and the chance of a play-off spot which looked unlikely just three games ago is back on the radar once again.
“It was a tough win, coming down here to Cobh is never easy, 2-0 up and a great start, thought we pressed the game and forced the game as I asked the lads, we were the better side,” Murphy said after the game.
“I thought we were in complete control, we played well, forced the issue, played the game in their half. We were a smart side, and yes, we would have liked more of that same in the second half but it was tough, we were under serious pressure but we ground it out and that’s what needed to be done,” Murphy said.
United were constantly turning the Cobh defenders back towards their own goal, particularly Carlton Ubaezuonu and Barry out wide, and the former set up Ryan Connolly for the first attempt on goal, but his shot in the 8th minute cleared Paul Hunt’s crossbar.
Ubaezuonu and Adam Rooney both went close in the 11th and 17th minutes respectively, before the industrious Barry opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season in the 18th minute.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.
The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.
A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.
Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.
Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.
The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.
“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.
“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”
Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.
“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.
Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.
The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools
Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.
“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.
“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.
A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.