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Utd return to make their point at bogey ground

Keith Kelly

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Ryan Connolly scored the equaliser for Galway United on Friday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Galway United returned from the midseason break to take a deserved point from their trip to Dalymount Park on Friday night – they now have another two weeks to reflect on the result after their game with Shamrock Rovers scheduled for this Friday night was postponed.

The decision to scrap Friday’s game was the correct one. Rovers host Rovanieme of Finland in the Europa League qualifiers this Thursday night, but the problem is the FAI knew for some time the dates for first round qualifying, and the Irish teams involved, so surely it wouldn’t have been asking too much to arrange fixtures for this weekend which didn’t involve any of the teams in Europe.

Anyway, suggesting ways the FAI could help improve the league is often as productive as clapping with one hand, so the clubs will just have to once again suffer the indifference of the authorities to the domestic league, one which produced players like Seamus Coleman, Shane Long, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward, James McClean, Darryl Murphy, Stephen Quinn, and David Meyler – in other words, a third of the Irish squad at Euro 2016.

As for Friday night, United bounced back from the concession of an 11th minute goal to go on and dominate the rest of the first-half, and deserved more than the one goal they scored before the break. They were hanging on a bit in the second-half, but still created a couple of decent chances, and all things considered, a draw was the fairest outcome.

United manager Tommy Dunne made four changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Derry City before the midseason break. Marc Ludden (calf) and Enda Curran (groin) were both absent through injury.

Gary Shanahan started on the bench, with Dunne explaining after the game that “the last once or twice here, he found it a bit difficult as they were getting stuck into him”; while Ruairi Keating was dropped for the squad after indicating his desire to leave the club.

That meant returns from injury for Stephen Walsh, Colm Horgan, and Kevin Devaney; while Alex Byrne joined John Sullivan and Ryan Connolly in a three-man midfield.

The heavens opened before kick-off, leaving a very greasy surface and as a result the players struggled to keep their footing, with one such instance leading to Bohs taking the lead in the 11th minute.

The home side had been dominant in the opening stages as United looked leaden-footed, both from the two-week break, and the two-hour trip across the country.

The first threat from Bohs came in the third minute, and resulted in one of three clearances off the line by a United player. Derek Pender drew a good save from Colm Winn for the concession of a corner, but the ’keeper didn’t cover himself in glory when punching the subsequent set-piece up into the air.

Roberto Lopes met the aerial ball to loop a header over the keeper but Walsh was on hand to head off the line at the back post. If that was good play from Walsh, his next involvement eight minutes later was a tad more unfortunate.

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

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Utd finish in a blaze of glory to take badly needed win

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Galway United’s Killian Brouder gets to the ball ahead of Athlone Town's Shane Barnes during Friday's First Division clash at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

GALWAY United have gone behind in seven of their 11 League of Ireland games so far this season, but at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night, they came from behind to win for the first time and as ever they left it late.

Trailing to a Shane Barnes goal from the 24th minute, United levelled matters courtesy of a Ruairi Keating penalty, before the Mayo native came to the rescue again with an additional time winner as the home side got exactly what they deserved.

As has become a feature of Galway United games this season, they were an enigma in the opening half before producing probably their best half of football on the resumption. In the first 45 minutes, there was neither shape nor style to their game as they ballooned long balls and hoped striker Wilson Waweru could work miracles.

It is difficult to know if it was the introduction of three fresh faces at the break that rejuvenated the home side on the resumption or the tactical changes from manager John Caulfield, but it became a half they dominated and the only agony for the hundred or so supporters was wondering could the home side could strike for a winner.

No doub, the fans offered support and the place erupted when Keating got on the end of a McCormack corner and the ball somehow made it over the line despite the efforts of Micheal Schlingerman and a covering defender for a dramatic late winner.

Caulfield had some harsh words to say after a heavy defeat against Shelbourne in their last game and obviously not helped by suspension (Stephen Walsh) and injury (Carlton Ubaezuonu), it gave an opportunity for 16-year-old Alex Murphy to play his first game for Galway United.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway and Mannion play catch up to reel in Rebels

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Galway's Cathal Mannion who was a big influence in their National Hurling League victory over Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

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John McIntyre at Pairc Uí Chaoimh

WE’VE known for the past few years that this group of Galway hurlers are as talented a team as there is around, but one All-Ireland and one National League title sells their overall quality short in terms of silverware.

Sure, in the often heartbreaking history of Galway hurling, the county’s current generation of elite players have achieved what only four Tribesmen teams have done in the past, but the nagging feeling is that they should be winning more.

Perhaps, that balance sheet is about to take a turn for the better on the basis of Galway’s last two performances in the league. In both those contests against strong opposition, they were in trouble after falling well behind. Their opponents were dictating the terms of engagement and looking in control.

Yet, by the finish of those matches against Waterford and Cork respectively, Galway had not alone found ways to retrieve the situation, but were also utterly dominant and have now set up a likely league final with Kilkenny as the counties’ paths are virtually certain to cross in the upcoming Leinster championship.

Though their comeback win over Waterford at Pearse Stadium the previous weekend was laudable, they had less time to reel in the Rebels at Pairc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday. In the space of 30 minutes, however, they managed to turn the game completely on its head in outscoring Cork by 3-13 to 0-10.

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Donohue the driving force as Galway survive epic contest

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Galway's Aoife Donohue comes under pressure from Cork's Ellen Murphy during Sunday's National Camogie League semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photos: INPHO/Bryan Keane.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Nowlan Park

THE Galway senior camogie team came through an epic extra-time battle with Cork to book their place in the National League final  after outlasting the Rebels at Nowlan Park on Sunday. On a scorching hot day in Kilkenny, Cathal Murray’s side showed tremendous resolve to edge out a battling Cork team, who matched the Tribeswomen score for score for most of the 83-minute contest.

A victory of this nature will surely stand to Murray’s charges in the long term, with Galway’s hunger, athleticism and fitness all thoroughly tested on Sunday evening. The character of the Galway players also shone through, particularly in the second period of extra-time, when they closed out the game while down to 14 players.

The amount of energy expended in Nowlan Park may not have been ideal with Sunday’s league final in mind, but in terms of squad morale and confidence, this victory was invaluable.

The exchanges were intense from the throw in. Cork’s Katrina Mackey opened the scoring inside the 20 seconds, before Carrie Dolan equalised with her first pointed free. The Clarinbridge forward was very sharp and landed a fine point two minutes later, after a good pass from Siobhán McGrath. Dolan soon put Galway 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, after pointing a free which she drew herself.

Cork replied with a point from Linda Collins before Galway were dealt an early injury blow. Orlaith McGrath was forced off with a dislocated shoulder and replaced by Catherine Finnerty. The Mountbellew forward soon got involved in the action, intercepting a loose ball in the Cork defence, before passing inside to Siobhán McGrath, who finished to the net. Cork replied with Orla Cronin pointing her first free of the afternoon.

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