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Dunne disappointed at dropping points away to Harps



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It was a measure of what an encouraging night this was for Galway FC that team manager Tommy Dunne left Ballybofey more concerned about the two points dropped against Finn Harps than what looked like an admirable draw at the home of the First Division leaders.

The harsh dismissal of winger Derek O’Brien after just 26 minutes seemed to leave the Airtricity League’s newest club facing a mammoth task – instead, they left Finn Park full of regrets that they had not managed to hang on for what would have been a stunning victory, after Vinny Faherty scored the club’s first goal in the league to give them a first-half lead.

“We did okay with the 10 men, even though we had to drop that little bit deeper. We didn’t concede a huge amount of chances, so from that aspect we are a tad disappointed. We know it’s a difficult venue to come to and, in fairness, Finn Harps were the form team in the division at the time,” Dunne told Sentinel Sport.

“From that side of things, it’s a pleasing outcome in a sense but, overall, we are a bit disappointed that we didn’t pick up the three points. We never really looked like we were going to be opened up. To be honest, we were going in after the game a little bit disappointed that we didn’t pick up the three points.”

Inevitably, O’Brien’s red card after a seemingly innocuous challenge was the main talking point on the night. It surprised everyone in the 600-strong attendance.

“I’ve asked the referee what the red card was for. Basically, he said our player had used foul and abusive language to the opposing player. Now I will be straight and honest with you, if you were to do that in every situation there would be nobody left on the pitch,” said Dunne.

He felt Galway would have caused Harps more problems if O’Brien had not been sent off, as the visitors had dominated the opening exchanges.

“I don’t think there are any issues from our side with regards to belief, with regards to what we can and cannot do. We just need to start picking up a few wins, because that’s three draws on the bounce now and not a huge amount of goals scored, albeit we haven’t conceded much,” he said.

“Listen, we will get it right. It will come good. We just don’t want to be out of the picture too early, but it’s a long season ahead. From our side of things, I would say to our supporters that this group will come good and they will have something they can be proud of. That’s for sure.”


Galway United’s chance to close gap on table-toppers Shels



Friday the 13th – unlucky for some – and Galway United will be hoping it is an unlucky night for runaway leaders Shelbourne on Friday evening. Shels, who are currently 10 points clear of second place United, are still unbeaten in this year’s First Division with 12 wins and six draws to their name.

The Tribesmen go into this week’s pivotal fixture after a disappointing 3-2 defeat against Cork City last Friday at Eamonn Deacy Park. The game had a ‘hit-and-run’ feel to it as Colin Healy’s side snatched all three points with ten minutes to go which ended United’s seven-game unbeaten league run.


Even so, United replaced Treaty United in second place on goal difference after the Limerick outfit were defeated 4-1 by Cabinteely at the Markets Field.

Shelbourne have been the team to beat this season as they look odds-on to win this season’s First Division with nine games to go. Ian Morris’ side were hampered by a number of Covid cases in their squad for last week’s game against UCD, where they drew 0-0 at the UCD Bowl. It is expected that they will have players returning for their crucial clash against United at Terryland.

The two clubs have faced each other on 75 occasions. Shelbourne being victorious the more often with 39 wins, United defeating the north-Dubliners 17 times and 19 games ending in stalemate. United have hit the Shels net 86 times while the 2019 First Division winners have scored on 132 occasions against United.

The two teams played out a 0-0 draw at Eamonn Deacy Park in the first game this season, while Shelbourne had the upper hand in the reverse fixture when they overcame United 4-0 at Tolka Park in May.

Goal friendly Shels have struck 36 goals in 18 games so far this campaign, with former Shamrock Rovers man Ryan Brennan bagging ten of those. United will look to Wilson Waweru and Ruairi Keating for their main source of goals, with the latter hitting the net on seven occasions this season. Waweru brought his goal tally to six last week when he scored United’s first equalising goal against Cork City.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the soccer preview, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Connacht Tribune

Lomboto’s late strike earns United share of the spoils



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GALWAY United had to twice come from behind against basement side Athlone Town on Monday night to snatch a draw that was, on balance, probably a little harsh on the visiting side.
Completely outplayed in the opening 45 minutes, United had an absolute howler from visiting goalkeeper, Aaron Myles, to thank for going into the break on level terms; and then needed an equaliser five minutes from time to claim a draw against a side that came into the game having lost all four games they had played this season.
Alan Murphy’s side already find themselves nine points behind the league leaders just four games into the season, and a major improvement is needed if they are to finish in the top half of the table and inside the play-off spots.
Their central midfield was way off the mark on Monday night – both Maurice Nugent and Sam Warde were hauled ashore before the final whistle – and having abandoned the 4-4-2 formation which delivered some decent results near the end of last season, they are struggling to get quality ball into the opposition box.
With Shane Duggan expected to return to central midfield after suspension for this Saturday’s trip to Cobh Ramblers, it might be time to go with some out-and-out wingers and get some cohesion in the side.
The first couple of half chances on Monday fell to the home side, but Mikey Place didn’t get any power behind his second minute effort; while Marc Ludden was well off target subsequently.
The visitors, who had the opening half’s best player in their ranks in the guise of Galway native, Ronan Manning, went close a couple of times themselves in the ninth minute, United surviving thanks to Cian Murphy getting a block on Adam Lennon’s shot; while Kevin Horgan pulled off a ‘worldie’ to deny Joel Coustrain from the subsequent corner.
By that stage, the visitors were starting to get on top, and they took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when Manning’s corner from the left was met by Taner Dogan at the back post to head home as the United marking was, not for the first time this season, shambolic at a set-piece.
Tempers were starting to fray a little, with both sides having two players finding their way into the notebook of Dublin referee, Oliver Moran, before United were gifted an equaliser in the 41st minute.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Doyle bags hat-trick in Galway WFC romp



Paul Corcorcan

GALWAY WFC notched a second win in a row in the Women’s National League when they defeated Limerick 6-1 at the Markets Field on Sunday afternoon.

A McKenna Doyle hat trick and goals from Sadbh Doyle, Chloe Singleton and Aoife Thompson helped the Galway women to a resounding win. Five of the six goals for Galway were assisted by Lynsey McKey during what was a stellar performance by the experienced midfielder.

Galway WFC are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (Saturday, kick off 3pm) when they welcome league leaders Peamount United.

See full match report in City Tribune Sport.

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