Saturday 29 April 2017

Brennan calls for all-out attack

Galway v Monaghan
(Terryland Park, 7.45)
Form: Galway LLLLL, Monaghan WWLWW
Match odds: Galway United 13/2, Monaghan United 2/5, Draw 10/3

The Tribesmen are 90 minutes away from relegation at the hands of Roddy Collins' Monaghan United, who lead the promotion/relegation play-off 2-0 after Tuesday's first leg at Gortakeegan.

After winning just once in 39 competitive attempts, even the fanfare of a visit from President-Elect Michael D Higgins doesn't look like being enough to lift the cash-strapped club, for whom the second tier beckons.

"We've got to go at them, we need to go out and attack. We've got 90 minutes to turn it around... we've got to give it a go," caretaker manager John Brennan said.

However, Monaghan have plenty of quality available and look to have far more to their game than a Galway side who leaked goals at an incredible rate during the normal season.

Keeping a clean sheet would be a minor miracle for Brennan's men, never mind scoring the three goals they require.

Winger Ryan Brennan will threaten for Monaghan, his brother Sean scored in the first leg and the experienced Declan O'Brien carries a goal threat that Galway just can't match.

Team news: Galway are without Johnny Keane (knee) and Victor Collins (Achilles tendon), while Gary Kelly (ankle) and Mikey Gilmore (calf) are doubts. Monaghan's John Reilly is back but Eric Foley is suspended after his red card on Tuesday.

Talking point: Given their woeful defensive record this season, it might be no harm that all-out attack is the order of the day for Galway United at Terryland Park tonight.



Verdict: Away win.

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent

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