Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
GALWAY United are on their way to creating a new club record – but it is one no-one wants to achieve as they are now just two league defeats away from the worst ever run in the league in the history of the club.
Defeat to Drogheda United in Terryland Park on Friday night, and a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Derry City in the Brandywell on Monday, means United have now lost 10 games on the spin, one shy of the 1995/96 run of 11 consecutive defeats in a season which saw United finish bottom of the Premier Division, 20 points off safety.
While the season is just one-third of the way through, the game with fellow strugglers Drogheda United last Friday night was billed as a ‘must-win’ fixture, and the Tribesmen were looking good at half time to end their wretched run, having taken the lead in the 21st minute through Mikey Gilmore’s first goal for the club.
Despite facing into a blustery wind in the second half, United were still shading matters against a side that hadn’t won a game all season before Friday night and, like the home side, went into the match on the back of an eight-game losing run.
However when substitute Darragh Hannapy grabbed an equaliser for Drogheda in the 63rd minute after a good move down the left, whatever scrap of confidence there was in the United side crumbled, and they conceded again four minutes later, Mark O’Brien getting on the end of a through-ball to fire past Greg Fleming.
United had a couple of chances to nick a point, but Enda Curran fired over when through on goalkeeper Stephen Trimble, and then couldn’t direct his header from a Shane Keogh cross on target.
The result was hardly the ideal preparation for the daunting trip to the Brandywell on Monday night, and United’s worst fears were borne out as Eamon Zayed scored four in a rout of Sean Connor’s side.
The home side were three up at the break, with James McEleney firing them into the lead in the seventh minute, and James McClean and Zayed adding goals in the 24th and 45th minutes respectively.
It was all one way traffic, and the only surprise was that Derry didnlt add more than the three they managed in the second half, all of which came courtesy of Zayed. He grabbed his second of the game in the 74th minute, completed the hat-trick from the penalty spot in the 84th minute after Paul Sinnott took down McClean in the box, and then completed the rout in injury time.
United’s heaviest-ever defeat was at the Brandywell in the 1989/90 season when the home side ran out 9-1 winners on a humiliating day for the club. The only grace from last Monday was the fact that record loss was not surpassed.
Sean Connor’s squad need to get something from their next league home game at home to Bray on Friday week, not only to get some badly-needed points on the board, but to also ensure they don’t go into the history books as one of the club’s worst-ever sides as well as ending their worst-ever run of home results – United have taken just one point from eight games at Terryland so far this season.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.