SSE Airtricity League first division favourites Longford Town will provide Galway FC with a stern challenge in tomorrow evening's seasonal opener at Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm).
Tommy Dunne's side has been given an awkward contest to start this inaugural campaign. Longford, loaded with domestic experience, are expected to be the standard bearers at this level.
Galway athlete Gary Thornton produced one of the best performances by local athlete when finishing second in Sunday's National Senior Cross-Country Championships in Dundalk IT.
Over a testing course, Thornton and Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks, the eventual winner, had an epic battle over the 12km course with the Dublin man only getting away on the last lap.
Galway Ladies host a top-of-the-table clash in their Tesco HomeGrown NFL division two fixture on Sunday.
Currently both teams are unbeaten with four wins, sharing top spot in the league table, but the Tribeswomen enjoy a superior points differential.