Friday 24 November 2017

Twigg strikes to keep Hoops top of the tree

These are worrying days in the west and, though Galway United's performance was stuffed with passion, it was Shamrock Rovers who pocketed the spoils last night.

The Hoops were nowhere near as polished as they had been when dismantling Dundalk, but they were resourceful enough to eke out a victory that leaves them top of the pile.

Galway dominated much of an interesting encounter, but they lacked the required ruthlessness, and Rovers possess Gary Twigg, who delivered the knockout blow in the 62nd minute.

Galway's deep financial troubles mean that further players are expected to follow Cian McBrien and Anto Flood out of the Terryland Park exit door in the coming days.

The whispers around the Corribside venue suggested that Bobby Ryan, Thomas Heary, and James Creaney will depart soon, while Celtic are rumoured to be interested in Karl Sheppard.

The League of Ireland can be a cruel environment in which to operate and Galway were reminded of this when the Hoops pilfered the lead against the run of play. Twigg climbed expertly to glance Enda Stevens' deep left-wing cross past Barry Ryan as Michael O'Neill's title-seekers hit the front.

Galway United -- Barry Ryan; Conneely, Synott, McKenzie, Meynell (Walsh 46); Curran (King, 76), Foley, O'Donnell, O'Brien (Creaney 80); Bobby Ryan, Sheppard.

Shamrock Rovers -- Mannus; Sives, Murray, Price, Stevens; Kavanagh (Turner 65), Rice, Bayly, Dennehy (Chambers 55); Stewart, Twigg (Barrett 86).

Ref -- D Hancock (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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