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Thursday 14 December 2017

King leads Galway

This year is all about survival for Galway United so a quarter-final trip to Tallaght and Shamrock Rovers brings financial and sporting possibilities for Sean Connor's young team.

Salthill Devon were gritty and diligent opponents, but they lacked the skill and subtlety of a Galway side that exhibited their Premier League pedigree at Drom.

Midfielders Gary Curran and Stephen O'Donnell sought to pass and probe for a Galway outfit that ruled the opening quarter. Jason Molloy squandered two chances before Galway took a deserved lead in the 15th minute courtesy of a splendid Seamus Conneely strike from the edge of the area.

The excellent Karl Sheppard was denied by the woodwork in the 59th minute before making Galway's second goal on 61. The former Everton reserve provided the assist for Tom King, who drilled Galway two ahead.

King decorated the success in the 78th minute with an opportunistic goal and though Salthill's Victor Collins scored in stoppage-time, enough damage had been inflicted.

Salthill Devon -- Forde, Whelan (McConnell, 81), Babbu, Geraghty, O'Leidhinn (Quinlan, 78); Straut, Quirke (Burke, 65), Porter, Horgan; Gilmore, Collins.

Galway United -- Ryan; Conneely, Sinnott, McKenzie, Walsh; King, Curran, O'Donnell, O'Brien (Reilly, 85); Molloy (Smith, 85), K Sheppard (Keogh, 87).

Ref -- C Fitzgerald (Galway).

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