United head to Bray looking to take another step to top-flight safety

Eoin McCormack is in line for a start on Saturday after scoring twice in an in-house game last week.
Eoin McCormack is in line for a start on Saturday after scoring twice in an in-house game last week.

The battle for top-flight survival for the five clubs in the relegation mix resumes this weekend after a break for the FAI Cup semi-finals, and Galway United manager Shane Keegan is hoping his side can land a psychological blow on Saturday when they take on Bray Wanderers in the Carlisle Grounds (3pm).

The full-time whistle will have been blow in United’s game before any of the other four sides in the relegation mix – Finn Harps, Sligo Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic, and Limerick FC – kick-off their respective matches, something g that hasn’t been lost on Keegan.

“We need to take something from the game, and it gives us a great chance to send a message out to the other sides around us. With us playing before the sides around us, it gives us a chance to get out and get the win and heap the pressure on those sides,” he told Tribune Sport on Wednesday.

United go into the weekend’s games just outside the bottom three, and with Drogheda United already relegated. A win for United will see them make up ground on at least one of the other sides around them, as St Patrick’s Athletic host Limerick in Richmond Park on Saturday (5pm), and Keegan is confident his side can deliver.

“We are in good form, if you did a form table over the last 10 games, we’d be up around fourth. Look, Bray have been something of a bogey side for us this season, they haven’t won the two games between us, but we are going into the game on the back of two wins, and we know what we have to do,” he said.

He admits that, having spent most of the season cursing his side’s luck, things have changed in recent games, pointing out that Aaron McEniff was suspended when United took on Derry City; and that Bray have been dealt a blow with the loss of Gary McCabe through suspension for Saturday.

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