Date Published: 06-Sep-2012
ROY Keane may live by the maxim “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, but Mervue United made a mockery of that line of thinking on Monday night when they hammered Waterford United 4-0 in the FAI Cup to book a quarter-final against Derry City in the Brandywell this night week, September 14.
Having seen the two previous attempts to play their Fourth Round tie at the RSC in Waterford stymied by the weather, Johnny Glynn’s side finally made the long trek to the south-east on Monday for a game for which the manager admits his side’s preparations were far from ideal.
“Having to travel down on a Monday, we left that bit later to give lads a chance to get off work or finish college or whatever. We had our team meal on the bus, and as we got closer to the ground, we had our team-talk on the bus as well, but it all worked out,” says Glynn, who admits he was surprised by the final result.
“If I am totally honest, I was surprised by the scoreline, I don’t think anyone can say they expected that. They put out a very strong side, and we were missing a lot of lads – Mike Elwood, Cian McBrien and Dan Cunningham were all unavailable because of work commitments, and Martin Conneely had college, so we were down a few regulars.
“In one way, though, I think the fact they picked such a strong team worked in our favour – their more established players didn’t really give them anything, whereas if they put out a few younger lads, there might have been that bit more hunger from them.
“I’m certainly not complaining though. Obviously with the game having been postponed, the draw had been made and we knew the winners were away to Derry in the quarter-finals, and I just think our lads showed that bit more hunger to play Derry than they did,” Glynn says.
Mervue opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a stunning bicycle-kick from Pat Hoban, which Glynn admits was his side’s sole chance in the first half, but once Jean Biansumba added a second in the 57th minute, the game opened up as Waterford pressed for a way back into the tie, which left gaps at the back.
“When we got our second goal, they switched to a 3-4-3 formation as they went chasing the game, and that obviously left them exposed at the back. I might have been surprised at the scoreline, but certainly not at the performance – we have been threatening a big display for a while, and it was nice to get it in the Cup,” Glynn says.
The win was sealed when Etanda Nkololo scored twice in the space of 60 seconds, beating the offside trap to fire past Packie Holden in the 83rd minute, and grabbing his second a minute later when his pace once again did for the Waterford defence.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.
Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.
She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.
Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.
Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.
When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.
Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.
And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.
All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.
For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here
Galway have lot to ponder in poor show
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
FRANK FARRAGHER IN ENNISCRONE
GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.
The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.
There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.
It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.
Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.
Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.
Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.
Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.
Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.
Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013