Wednesday 7 December 2016

Galway hit back to maintain fine start

Sligo Rovers 1 Galway United 1

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Ruairi Keating scored against his former team to earn Tommy Dunne’s side a share of the spoils. Picture credit: David Fitzgerald / SPORTSFILE
Ruairi Keating scored against his former team to earn Tommy Dunne’s side a share of the spoils. Picture credit: David Fitzgerald / SPORTSFILE

In-form Galway United came from behind to maintain their unbeaten start to the season away to Connacht rivals Sligo Rovers.

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Ruairi Keating scored against his former team to earn Tommy Dunne's side a share of the spoils, but they will feel they could have claimed all three points, especially as the home side were reduced to ten men late on.

But the home side had a dream start and got their first goal of this year's campaign inside 60 seconds, as Liam Martin's effort from the edge of the box looked straight-forward for Conor Winn in the Galway goal, but the ball somehow squirmed under him and into the net.

Galway fans had travelled in good numbers and were left in shock by the early setback, but they will have been pleased with their side's response, as Rovers 'keeper Micheal Schlingermann had to pull off two excellent saves before half-time, the first from a curling Ryan Connolly effort, and then a brilliant stop at the feet of Keating.

The striker was not to be denied twice though, and he got his goal nine minutes into the second half, after pouncing on the loose ball when the hosts failed to clear a free-kick.

But Rovers held on despite having Phil Roberts sent off on a straight red card in the closing stages - the team's third red card already this season.

Sligo Rovers - Schlinergmann, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Clancy, Donelon, Keohane, Richards, Russell (Leahy h-t), Martin, Roberts, Gordon (Lyons 73).

Galway Utd - Winn, Horgan, Folan, Sinnott, Walsh, Devaney, Sullivan, Connolly, Shanahan, Faherty (Curran 67), Keating (Cunningham 81).

Ref - D McKeon

Irish Independent

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