United still firing blanks in latest First Division defeat

Galway United's Mark Hannon lines up his options against Limerick in Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.
Galway United's Mark Hannon lines up his options against Limerick in Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Limerick 1

Patrick Flaherty  at Eamon Deacy Park

WHEN a respected member of the Galway media is seriously asking a 37-year-old manager if it’s time for him to lace up the boots again, you know that the club has fallen on hard times.

Alan Murphy has arguably had the toughest assignment of any Galway United manager before him, but four 1-0 losses on the bounce is difficult to take for a squad which has some genuine talent, albeit the youthful profile means it’s clearly lacking experience.

The bare results show that United are coming close, yet once more a lack of finishing prowess and a toothless display around the middle saw them fall to a Limerick side who looked to have very little more than United other than an ability to eke out the victory.

One chance decided this game that for long periods lacked any sort of quality, Sean McSweeney the benefiter following a series of deflections as he bagged the game’s only goal on 30 minutes, with United now going over 345 minutes without a goal at home.

It could have been so different as the Tribesmen should have taken the lead on three minutes as Jeff McGowan burst through the middle, the Clare native had options open on both wings but looking to score on his first start for the club, he went for goal only to shoot directly into the hands of Jack Brady.

To his credit, McGowan worked extremely hard on the night playing as a lone striker, making the right runs and holding up the ball when required although he does seem to have the game that calls out for a partner up front.

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

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