In League football one provocative questions always follow a draw. One point gained? Two points dropped? There was no disputing that Galway were in the mood, contributing an enterprising and effective display, but despite all the passion when the season concludes will the locals rue the openings that were squandered during this intriguing contest?
Jeff Kenna has promised that the remainder of the campaign will be sprinkled with drama, but the Galway manager accepted that all the spoils should have been gathered. “It definitely feels like an opportunity lost. When you are playing well and creating chances that is when you need to take them. I spoke briefly to Pat (Scully ) after the game and he was delighted to get a point, but when you are playing against a good team a set piece can be enough to win a game. Thankfully it wasn’t.
“After we got the goal back I felt we created one or two goalscoring chances that should have been taken. But before their goal I thought we had the lion’s share of possession and created the better chances and on another night we would have won the game comfortably.”
Jesper Jorgensen did pilfer the 85th minute equaliser, but it was a strange experience for the Danish frontrunner. Having misfired in the second minute when Galway were presented with a regal opening, Jorgensen subsequently struck a post in stoppage time. The leveller was sandwiched in between. “In fairness to him he kept going. It wasn’t his best night, things came off him a little too easy for my liking, but it would have been easy for him to hide after missing the chance, but to his credit he kept going.
“A sign of a good player is if they don’t go and hide, they keep looking for the ball and accept responsibility even when things aren’t going right and I am delighted he got his goal in the end. Unfortunately he could have had a hat trick.”
Stitching dynamic displays together has been a troublesome issue for Galway, but last week three were produced on the spin. That is enough to fill Kenna with hope that relegation can be avoided. “On this performance we can upset one of the big boys. We have to go to Drogheda United next week and we will be looking to get a win there. It has been a consistency thing with us since I’ve been here.
“We can play well one week and be poor the next, but we have been good in our last three games so getting the consistency into the team and getting the players to believe that they can do it is the thing. They have set the standard now.” A half dozen points separate the club from safety. Chiselling that deficit is the task that Galway are embracing.