Galway United got a confidence boost last night, by beating Derry City 2-0 in the EA Sports Cup, to hopefully kick-start a season that was taking a while to get going.
With no League wins this season, albeit four draws in eight games, the pressure was building on Shane Keegan and his team.
While playing well, mistakes were costing them. But last night everything came together to get through to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Three full debutants, in Aaron Conway, Gary Kinneen and Robert Spelman, and a goal for mis-firing striker Vinny Faherty has the tribesmen full of confidence for Friday night league clash with Limerick in the Markets Field.
Ciaran was thrilled to play his part in the win over Derry, “Getting through to the quarterfinal of a cup is an accomplishment any team can be proud of. The result against a premier division side gives us momentum for the next round and also our next league match on Friday against Limerick.”
“I think it is also very important that a few of the younger boys got their first start against a league opponent as they haven’t had a full ninety minutes under their belt all season.”
On the goalkeeping battle between himself and Conor Winn Nugent said, “The competition between Conor and myself is a testament to the standard of the league. Whether on the top or bottom, you can see goalkeeping duos battling it out each week which in turn gets better performances out of everyone.”
“Whoever helps the team most in the eyes of the manager will obviously be put out there to do just that.”
He’s settled in very well in his first season with the club, “Settling in with the boys here has been good. I think anyone who has seen Galway United play this year can’t fault the attitude each of us has brought on the pitch. With our position in the table it would be easy for heads to drop and people blaming each other all over the place but that hasn’t been the case at all.”
“And that positive energy has helped in settling quiet well in Galway. Hopefully we can use that to our advantage up against teams who may expect us to roll over as we try to make a push out of the bottom starting Friday.”