Monday 20 November 2017

Galway rescue point


A tense Terryland Park thriller, dripping with incident, eventually ended level as Galway United staged a remarkable recovery.

Galway, crushed by Bray Wanderers on Friday, cleansed that defeat from their system as they somehow managed to rescue a point having fallen two goals behind last night.

Sligo commenced the contest impressively and took an eighth-minute lead when Richie Ryan drilled a 25-yard effort into the roof of the Galway net. The locals were encountering plenty of bother dealing with Sligo's talented three-man central midfield unit and a second goal was bagged on 36. Gary McCabe manufactured a chance for John Russell, who swept the ball confidently past the advancing Barry Ryan.

Galway, though, responded pulling a goal back on 38 when a Gary Curran effort trickled over the line to give the Tribesmen an injection of hope. In the 63rd minute Galway restored parity as Karl Sheppard clipped home a Stephen O'Donnell free-kick.

Moments later Steven Walsh shaved the woodwork with a 20-yard drive, but a revitalised Galway were content to take a point from this Connacht derby.

Galway United -- Ryan; Conneely, Sinnott, McKenzie, Meynell; Curran, Reilly, O'Donnell (Molloy, 70), O'Brien (King, 81); Walsh, Sheppard.

Sligo Rovers -- Kelly; Keane, Peers, Foran (Ventre, 6), Davoren; Ryan, Ndo (O'Grady, 68), Russell; McCabe (Doyle, 68), Blinkhorn, Boco.

Ref -- D Hanney (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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