Monday 18 December 2017

Galway set to mix it with the big boys

Galway United 1 Bohemians 0

Vinny Faherty: three goals Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Vinny Faherty: three goals Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Ruairi Keating, Galway United, in action against Lorcan Fitzgerald, left, and Daniel Byrne, Bohemians Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Ayman Ben Mohamed, Bohemians, in action against Paul Sinnott, Galway United Phot: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney

Vinny Faherty's goal 12 minutes from time at Eamonn Deasy Park left Galway United mixing it with the early season Premier Division pace setters and the striker insists the Tribesmen have aspirations to stay there for the foreseeable future.

It's been a bright start to the season for Tommy Dunne's side and a third win from five games means they trail the leaders by only two points.

"We want to be in the top four, top five - that's the minimum requirement from us as a group," said the well travelled striker after scoring his third goal of the season.

"We look at the other squads and obviously Dundalk, Cork and Shamrock Rovers are very strong, but after that we feel we are in the next group. I think we will stay there as long as we keep working hard.

"Padraic Cunningham was unbelievable - he left it on a plate for me. But that's your job as a striker, just to get on the end of things. It was a peach of a goal and it's satisfying because it was a terrible game, to be honest."

Faherty was bang on the money; it was a shocking game played in stormy weather conditions.

Playing into the teeth of the gale in the second-half, United managed to hold up the ball a bit better than Bohs, with Faherty instrumental in all of their positive play.

Galway should have been awarded a penalty on the hour when Derek Pender handled the ball inside the box and then Faherty had a shot cleared off the line after Dean Delany had flapped at a cross that got caught in the wind.

Bohs could have saved a point in injury-time when Lorcan Fitzgerald hit the side net from a tight angle.

While Gypsies manager Keith Long is not pressing the panic button just yet, he felt his side deserved something from the game.


"We now have to get ourselves set again for a very important home game against Longford," he said.

"We have one win in five, but we've been away to Cork, away to Pat's, and now away to Galway.

"I'm sick of talking about last year, but we were difficult to beat on our travels. We just have to try and cut out the mistakes."

Bohs had the better of the scoreless first half. Paddy Kavanagh missed a great chance after 15 minutes, while Ayman Ben Mohammed was just off target with a shot from a tight angle.

Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Cantwell, Walsh; Shanahan, Sullivan, Connolly, Devaney (Melody 77); Cunningham, Faherty (Keating 93).
Bohemians: Delany; Pender, D Byrne, Murphy, Fitzgerald; Kavanagh, Lopes, Mulcahy (Buckley 87), Ben Mohammed; K Byrne, Quigley (Akinade 82).
ref - R Matthews (Longford)

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