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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.