Galway Women’s FC travel to Ferrycarrig Park this Saturday looking to return to winning ways against Wexford Youths.
Both sides struggled last weekend - Galway going down 4-0 to UCD Waves on Saturday night in Eamonn Deacy Park, while Wexford Youths lost the FAI Cup final on Sunday in the Aviva Stadium by 5-0 to Shelbourne.
As a result Galway will be expecting some backlash from Wexford, but never-the-less it is a great opportunity for Galway to close the gap Wexford, who are just three points ahead.
Last Saturday, Galway, not for the first time this season, went behind in the opening minutes of the game when Orlagh Nolan struck for UCD Waves. On 17 minutes Eleanor Ryan-Doyle put the visitors 2-0 up, and just three minutes later Nolan grabbed her second and Waves' third.
Galway produced a great chance to pull one back just before half time - Aislinn Meaney impressive down the left with her cross finding Sadhbh Doyle, but her header smashed against the crossbar.
With the wind at their backs in the second half and Chloe Maloney coming on to bolster midfield, Galway came more into the game. However Waves always looked dangerous on the break, and Galway had to call on Tina Hughes in goal to save their blushes on more than one occasion. Hughes pulled off some excellent saves, but she could not deny Julie Ann Russell on 71 minutes who bagged Waves’ fourth.
Galway continued to battle, but Meaney had shots expertly saved by Erica Turner, first in 77 minutes and then again five minutes later, and in the end Galway had nothing to show for their efforts.