Shamrock Rovers back to winning ways as they beat Galway United
Shamrock Rovers got back on track in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division as they made it ten in a row over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Galway Utd 1 Shamrock Rovers 2
Pat Fenlon’s men had Luke Byrne to thank for their half-time time lead but Enda Curran equalised only for Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters to strike the winner.
The visitors led 1-0 at half-time after an entertaining first-half where both sides had their chances.
It was a quiet opening but after 24 minutes Rovers’ centre half Tim Clancy went close and Brandon Miele also found the range but Conor Winn was equal to it.
Colm Horgan nearly gave Galway a surprise lead when he blazed wide but didn’t hit the target and the hosts were then punished.
Rovers took the lead five minutes before the break – Mark Ludden gave away a free kick on the edge of his area.
Stephen McPhail swung it in and Ryan Brennan’s glancing header was latched onto by Byrne who made no mistake.
Galway manager Tommy Dunne made two alterations at the break sending in Kevin Garcia and Curran.
The latter did the damage with his first touch in the 46th minute, a long throw from Ludden went across the Rovers’ area and Shanahan provided the assist.
Galway looked rejuvenated, Curran and Keegan were combining well and when the American crossed for Gary Shanahan it looked impossible to miss but the Galway winger couldn’t connect.
Rovers weren’t taking their chances either and Waters shot over in the 65th minute but he made amends soon after. David Webster nodded down to the Hoops’ frontman and he made no mistake to win it, with Galway unsuccessful in trying to salvage their first draw.
Galway United: Winn; Ludden, Oji (Cantwell 81), Walsh, Horgan; Shanahan, Connolly, Byrne, O’Donovan (Garcia h-t); Keegan, Cunningham (Curran h-t).
Shamrock Rovers: Hyland; Madden, Webster, Clancy, Byrne; Miele (G Brennan 88), Cregg, McPhail (McCaffrey 81), McCabe; Waters, R Brennan.
Ref: N Doyle.