Utd’s survival hopes get big lift thanks to vital away win

Galway United's goalkeeper Conor Winn who saved a penalty in their vital Premier Division win over Finn Harps on Friday night.

The performance wasn’t the greatest, but it’s the result that counts as Galway United finally won an away game in the league at the 23rd time of asking to give their survival hopes a real shot in the arm.

The Tribesmen are still in the dreaded bottom three, but are now just two points from safety and with a superior goal difference to any side in the bottom six. Crucially, they also have momentum going for them, with Friday’s victory being their third win in four league games, although the break for the FAI Cup this weekend couldn’t come at a worse time for them.

They made heavy work of seeing off a Finn Harps side that went into Friday’s game on their own decent run of three wins in four games, but that didn’t bother manager Shane Keegan after the final whistle.

“It was an absolute must win, even a draw wasn’t going to be much use to us in terms of closing the gap, but now that gap is two points to Harps and three to Limerick, it is doable now.

“In fairness to the lads, it is May since we were beaten by a team in the bottom half of the table, so in terms of six-pointers, we have managed to either draw or win them in the last two months, which says a lot about the boys,” Keegan said.

The United manager admitted there were some home truths expressed at half-time, seconds after some awful defending had gifted the home side an equaliser – he challenged the players to deliver, and was delighted they had done just that.

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