Thursday 27 July 2017

Connor set to leave Tribesmen

Galway United 2 Dundalk 2

Galway United picked up their first point since April at Terryland Park last night amid reports that manager Sean Connor had negotiated a compensation package with the Tribesmen before taking charge of them for the final time.

It was a typically eventful encounter as Galway took a shock 10th-minute lead courtesy of an opportunistic Jin Gu Kim strike.

Eric Holland's hopeful delivery was controlled in the area by Kim, who fended off Nathan Murphy's challenge before sweeping Galway ahead from close range.

Despite squandering a string of gilt edged opportunities Dundalk restored parity in the 40th minute when Johnny Breen netted following smart approach work by Mark Griffin.

After the restart it was all about Galway's determination as they manufactured chances through sheer graft, though they lacked a killer edge.

Midfielder Gary Kelly and substitute Mikey Gilmore had the pick of those openings, but Dundalk custodian Peter Cherrie could not be beaten.

A furious finale saw Dundalk hit the front 10 minutes from time when Mark Quigley netted a splendid goal, but Alan Murphy's spot-kick ended Galway's 23-match losing streak.

Galway United -- Winn; Sinnott, Son, Gaughan (Gilmore, 70), Holland (Sibanda 44); Kim (Eduardo 45), Browne, G Kelly, Walsh; Ryan; Murphy.

Dundalk -- Cherrie; Madden, McHugh, Byrne (Duffy, 80), Murphy; Griffin, Bennett, Ward, Quigley; Byrne, Breen.

Ref -- P Tuite (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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