Spoils shared in the Western Derby


Galway United and Sligo Rovers played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Western Derby at Eamonn Deacy Park last night. That game was re-scheduled due to the torrential rain on Friday night which led to the game being called off. 

United struck the post and crossbar in the lead up to the opening goal which Ronan Murray headed in from close range.

Sligo had levelked before the break when an error by Stephen Folan allowed the very lively Raffaele Cretaro to race in on goal. He drew both the keeper and the defender before sliding a pass to Kieran Sadlier to score.

Sligo had a huge opportunity to win the game in the second half when they had three men clear in the box when a Cross came in, only for the ball to bobble at the wrong time as Sadlier looked certain to score.

The point gained probably does neither side much good, as both sides really need wins at this stage.

United goalscorer Ronan Murray said, “Tough game tonight. I thought both sides went out to nick the 3 points and we both had chances but I think in the end a draw was a fair result.”

“We didn’t seem to kick on after we went in front so we are going to have to work on that on the training ground.”

“Happy to be putting the ball in the back of the net but I feel I should be scoring more with the chances the lads are giving me.”

On settling in Galway Ronan said, “Good, it’s nothing really that new to me as I’m from Mayo so it’s good be have family and friends around me and I’m enjoying my football.”

Galway United goal-keeper Conor Winn said, “I was happy with our performance. I think we played very well as a team, and I don’t think we have played a bad game this season, just haven’t had any luck. Any team that has played us hasn’t had a easy game.”

“I’m not worried cause there’s a great bunch of lads and the staff are brilliant. But we will now look to Friday and do our homework on bray and go and give our best and 100% again.

You can check out the goals from the game;

Sligo boss Dave Robertson said, “Good Performance, and good match as we expected. I felt we had some good chances in the 2nd half to take all 3 points but it’s a good point away from home.”

“Kieran took his goal well and is in fine goal scoring form at the minute & could have got a 2nd had it not taken an awful bobble as it came to him.”

Daniel Kearns is helped from the pitch at Eamonn Deacy Park

At the end of the game midfielder Daniel Kearns looked like he was in some trouble as he had to be helped from the pitch. We asked Robertson if he was ok, and he said, “Unfortunately Danny Kearns has a delayed concussion and has gone to hospital with the Physio. Hopefully he will be OK as I thought his performance was Very Good this evening.”

Photo Credits: @eirefoto & @league_ireland

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