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Control the controllables. In a relegation battle all any team can do is take care of its own chores. Whatever is occurring elsewhere cannot be influenced. On Friday evening Galway United gleaned a point from a lively contest with Drogheda United. Fifty two miles away at the Carlisle Grounds Finn Harps were notching a vital victory, meaning Galway were eight points from safety. Jeff Kenna wasn’t looking for a sympathy vote, though, insisting Galway can operate at this level. "All we can do is look after our own shop. Finn Harps would have been thinking, going to Bray, that is a game they can win and other teams looking at our result will think it is a great point for us. Obviously they are a further two points ahead, but all we can do is focus on our own game.
In the Dr Tony O'Neill u-20 Eircom League of Ireland, Mervue United enjoyed a productive week, gathering four points from their two home games.
Galway United emerged from Saturday night’s tie with Sligo Rovers in The Showgrounds with another valuable point in their bid to escape the drop thanks to Jay O’Shea’s 75th-minute penalty. While United’s unbeaten run has now stretched to six games, this was definitely a case of a point gained rather than two points dropped.
A trip to the banks of the Camac can bring delight or disaster. Galway United experienced the former 16 months ago when Derek Glynn notched a double of rare beauty. That was Galway’s prettiest performance in a half dozen years. Can a comparable display be summoned tomorrow?
So following a month's debate and deliberation Jeff Kenna has opted to ink a new deal with Galway United.
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.
Amidst a welter of expectation and pressure, a resurgent Galway United extended their unbeaten run to seven in magnificent fashion in Terryland Park on Friday night. The class and confidence which oozed from the home team belied their precarious league position, the deserved four-goal rout lifting them now to a position where a win over St Patrick’s Athletic tonight should lift them out of the drop zone.
One thing has gone almost unnoticed in Galway sport: Moycullen’s staggering influence. Paul Clancy, the county’s most unsung footballer over the past two decades, steered his club to All-Ireland intermediate glory. The basketballers continue to fight the good fight, and Galway United are indebted to the service of John Russell and Vinny Faherty.
• A fans’ forum with new Galway United manager Ian Foster will be held next Monday night, February 2. Organised by Galway United Supporters’ Club, it will be held upstairs in Fibber Magees, Eyre Square (6.30pm). All United supporters are invited to attend.
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.