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Heartened by an emphatic 3- 0 FAI Cup success over Finn Harps, Galway United will be seeking to enter the mid season break on a positive note by taking something from Saturday’s premier league clash with Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.
Snugboro United 3
At the time of writing last week, Ballina Town had nudged ahead of Westport United at the top of the Super League on goal difference but the Covies had a game in hand to be played that evening against Snugboro United. Westport’s shock loss at the hands of Ballyheane the previous week would have been seen by many to have been a minor blip in their season, but the Conway Park side had different ideas. Kevin Curry was the man of the day banging in a hat trick inside an hour to set his side off to a 5-1 win. Curry opened the scoring on 24 minutes but Westport were able to draw the game level thanks to a Gerry McLouglinn goal before half time, but it was all Snugboro in the second half with Curry sticking in two more goals and both Johnny Griffin and Paul Walsh sealing the win with goals of their own. Both sides saw men see the line, with Westport ending up with nine men after Dessie O’Malley and David Hoban getting the line, along with Stevie Gavin for the home side.
Athlone Town play host to a Sunderland XI this Sunday in Athlone Town Stadium. The XI which will be managed by Keith Berschin, will contain players that have all had Premiership experience along with the best of their up and coming stars.
There is only one place to be on Sunday and that’s in Belleek Park at 2.30pm, Westport United, who wrestled the lead back in the Super League last weekend, will make the trip north to take on the side who were leading the league for the past couple of weeks. Ballina Town, whose game was postponed against Snugboro United last weekend, will be eager to reclaim the top spot in the league from the three in a row-chasing Westport men. Currently Westport are three points ahead with a slender on-goal advantage in the goal difference stakes, while Ballina have a game in hand on the champions. A win here and if they pick up a win in their postponed game could see a six-point swing at the top with Ballina moving three points clear.
I was strapping myself into the rowing machine up in the Ormonde Hotel gym last Friday night when I felt a sharp pain in my toe.
With each passing week it becomes more apparent the impact Ian Foster is having as Galway United’s manager, and tomorrow’s trip to Oriel Park represents the latest interesting challenge.
As the League of Ireland season drifts towards an interesting conclusion Galway United will be keen to land another Terryland Park victory tomorrow against Bray Wanderers.
These are interesting days in the League of Ireland, and the splendid Tallaght Stadium will provide an ideal backdrop for tomorrow’s high stakes clash between Shamrock Rovers and Galway United.
Only 180 minutes separate Ballina Town and the Super League title, Brendan Kenny’s side have been battling it out for the title with Westport United from the off this season and now with only two games to go their destiny is firmly in their hands. The maths is simple, win their last two games and they are champions, nothing Westport can do about it. But with the title on the line they are bound to be feeling almighty pressure over the course of the next two rounds.