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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.