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Only seven league games remain for Galway United, ensuring significance is attached to each and every one as the search for survival enters a critical phase.
This year’s Chadwicks Cup final (Mayo League FA Cup) sees the meeting of two Uniteds who have seen their historical positions flipped this year. Straide and Foxford United, one of the blue ribbon names in Mayo soccer saw themselves relegated at the death of the 2007 season to the Premier League, while Snugboro United surrvived and launched an all out assault on the higher reaches of the Super League this season. This assault proved ultimately unsuccessful but Johan Collins’s first year in charge of the side can only be marked out as a success so far. And if he is able to guide his men to pick up the Chadwicks Cup the season will have been an unqualified success.
Mervue United’s hunt for a top-four finish in the Eircom League A Championship continues on Saturday with a home fixture against Derry City (2pm).
An all-Galway FAI Cup final sprinkled with intriguing sub plots was always likely to capture the imagination. With so many decorated individuals involved there was no shortage of stimulating stories. Some had brought All Ireland Gaelic Football glory west, others graced the country’s emerald green shirt, several of the protagonists came within a whisker of attaining a berth in the second round of European competition, and the Mullins clan had a family member in each camp. It was one of those kind of emboldening occasions exposing what sport is all about.
Power Soccer has confirmed the visit of an Everton academy coach to Power Soccer School of Excellence in Galway over the weekend of January 2-4, 2009.
Armed with hope and confidence, Galway United will be anxious to maintain the resilience levels that has seen a half-dozen match unbeaten sequence stitched together at such a critical juncture of the campaign.
Ultimately football is about accumulating three points. That is precisely what the Republic of Ireland achieved in Croke Park on Wednesday evening.
For teams vexed by league pressures cup competitions are a welcome break, but tomorrow's Terryland Park tussle between Galway United and Athlone Town should not be short on incident or intrigue.
Intrigue has been attached to Galway United since the start of 2008, and the next instalment in the Terryland Park tale ought to be interesting on Sunday.
A minute by minute look at how Sunday’s Cup tie unfolded.