Galway United 2
GALWAY United finally got off the mark on their home turf on Friday night when goals from Conor Barry and Maurice Nugent sealed a first home win of the season to lift the side off the foot of the table.
A poor first-half was lit-up in the 29th minute by a wonder-strike from Barry; and Nugent sealed the win ten minutes from time, passing the ball into the unguarded net after Wilson Waweru’s effort came back off the crossbar.
United fielded without the suspended duo of Stephen Walsh and Dara Costelloe, with the absence of Walsh in particular sorely felt as the defence led a charmed life at times. A better side than Wexford would have punished the home side’s defensive shortcomings, but maybe this was the turn in fortune that United have been missing in recent weeks.
The first 30 minutes or so, until United took the lead, will live long in the memory, but only because the fare on offer was so poor. It was wretched stuff at times, befitting a game between the two teams at the foot of the table, but Barry’s goal seemed to give the United players an injection of confidence, and they went on to record a deserved win.
To be fair, it wasn’t all bad, with Conor Melody putting in the kind of performance that should be his bread and butter every week, given his talent and ability. He gave Lee Costelloe such a roasting that the hapless Wexford full-back was hauled ashore with 10 minutes of the first-half still remaining; and his replacement, Daragh O’Connor, fared little better.
Apart from a few poor deliveries, Colin Kelly showed glimpses of his class – and that his natural home is wide on the wing, and not in the middle of the park, a position in which Donal Higgins did well in a 16-minute cameo after coming on as a substitute.
Kevin Horgan was also dominant in his penalty area; Vinny Faherty gave his usual display of honesty and tireless work; while Waweru continues to show the threat that he can become if he continues to work hard, and to learn from Faherty.
It was jittery stuff at times from United, though, not least in the fourth minute when Nugent – who wore the captain’s armband in Walsh’s absence – screwed an attempted clearance across his own goal rather than 40 yards down the pitch, but Danny Doyle’s snapshot flew back in the direction from where the ball initially came.
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Council on standby for Storm Jorge flooding
Galway City Council crews will be on standby from Saturday afternoon as Storm Jorge is set to hit the West coast, bringing very strong winds, rain and potential for flooding.
The Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team met today and will be holding meetings tomorrow and Saturday to monitor the weather forecast and put in place a plan to deal with any potential flooding or wind damage.
Storm Jorge – which was named by Spanish meteorological services and adopted by Met Éireann and the UK’s Met Office to avoid confusion – will see a Status Orange wind warning in place from 6am Saturday to 3am Sunday. A Status Yellow rain warning will be in place in Galway from midnight tonight until midnight Saturday.
The storm will bring southwest, veering west and later northwest winds with means speeds of 65-80km/h and gusts of 110-130km/h.
Rainfall accumulations of 20 to 30mm are expected and Met Éireann has warned of an increased risk of coastal flooding.
The City Council will have crews on standby from 2pm on Saturday and will close the two public carparks in Salthill if it is considered necessary.
Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.