Monday 16 July 2018

Ayunga blow for Galway as they advance past St. Pat's

St Patrick’s Athletic 0 Galway United 2

Conor Melody of Galway United after the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round match between St. Patrick's Athletic and Galway United at Richmond Park, in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Conor Melody of Galway United after the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round match between St. Patrick's Athletic and Galway United at Richmond Park, in Dublin. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Shane Keegan’s Galway United were rewarded for a performance full of hard work and graft with a place in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup.

Pat’s were just not able to match Galway’s energy and good passing and goals early and late were enough to secure a place in the last eight.

Galway hit the front after 17 minutes when a superb pass from the left by Ronan Murray was finished from close range by Jonah Ayunga. The Kenyan international, on loan from Brighton, was stretchered off before the break and could be out for a lengthy period.

Saints forced a dozen corners but couldn’t find a way past impressive Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn.

Pat’s piled on the pressure after that but lacked penetration up front and Galway’s hard work throughout paid a big dividend, with Liam Buckley’s men rarely looking like getting an equaliser.

Galway sealed the issue with a superb goal in stoppage time from Eoin McCormack when he sent a powerful shot from 30 yards into the top right corner.

St Pat’s Athletic – B Murphy; M Barker (J O’Hanlon 88), J Balk, I Bermingham; C Byrne, JJ Lunney (K Byrne 76), K Brennan, B Dennehy (I Turner 78); G Kelly, C Fagan.

Galway Utd – C Winn; A Conway, P Sinnott, S Folan, C Horgan; K Devaney (G Shanahan 29), A Byrne, G Holohan, R Hale (C Melody 84); J Ayunga (E McCormack 45), R Murray.

Ref – P McLoughlin.

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