United ready for title-chasers Cork

Galway United interim manager Leo Tierney watches his side defeat UCD 3 -2 in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday night.  Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Galway United interim manager Leo Tierney watches his side defeat UCD 3 -2 in Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday night. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

Galway United host premier division title chasers Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Saturday evening, kick off 7pm.

It has been an action packed spell for United, who sacked manager Tommy Dunne before defeating Finn Harps 3-2 last Saturday at the Dyke Road venue.

Assistant manager Leo Tierney, who is now in temporary charge with Gary O’Connor, was "delighted" United did enough to secure the victory.

“I thought the performance was very good,” Tierney said. “First half we were very good, second half we created a lot of chances, but we didn’t take as many of them. It’s three points and we’re very happy with that. We’ve had a lot of games and travel.”

Goals from Vinny Faherty, Enda Curran, and Colm Horgan gave United a commanding lead, but Harps launched a spirited comeback.

Former United frontrunner Ruairi Keating and Adam Hanlon narrowed the gap and, despite a late red card for Marc Ludden, the home team held on.

“In fairness to Finn Harps, they’re an honest group and they put in a great effort, but I thought our players showed in the end that they’ve got pride in the club and they dug out the result in the end,” Tierney said.

“We created a lot of chances, it was great to see Vinny Faherty and Enda Curran getting on the scoresheet. Finn Harps were always going to keep going, they’re fighting for their lives, they got two goals which kept them in it.

“From our side of it, we’re pleased with the result and more importantly we’re pleased with the performance of the players.”

Teenage goalkeeper Kevin Horgan was also " very promising", he said. "We’re lucky at this club because we have three very good goalkeepers. Kevin was always going to get a chance somewhere along the line and he took it.”

Next on the agenda for United is a demanding clash against Cork City and Tierney is "looking forward to the challenge".

"They are a very good side, they are going for the league, but we are looking forward to them coming here. We will prepare properly during the week and we will be ready.”

The search for Dunne’s replacement is under way with the club inviting applications for the role. A statement released on Sunday evening stated: "The new manager must have the skills, competencies and ambition to take the club to the top end of the premier division.

"Applicants must also have the strategic capacity to work as part of a team to support the achievement of the club’s long-term plans, always recognising the need to manage within a very structured budget.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a qualified coach to manage and build a football club at the highest level in Ireland.

“The person will be responsible for recruitment, team selection, tactics and training as well as supporting the long term ambitions of the club and the strategic development of the game in Galway and the west of Ireland.”

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