Galway United have only scored six goals in the league this season, something that needs to change very quickly if they’re to avoid relegation at the end of the season.
However, the answer to their goalscoring problems could be right under their noses.
Under 19 striker Cathal Carney has scored four goals in five games since joining the club from their rivals Sligo Rovers.
He scored twice in their recent 3-2 defeat to a very strong Cork City team and Carney was disappointed to lose the game. They had been unbeaten up to that point. Talking about the game afterwards Carney said, “We were very unlucky not to get something out of the game, just a couple of sloppy mistakes ended up costing us in the end. However, I must give credit to Cork, they are a great passing team and hard to break down.”
“My first goal came from a ball over the top just a minute into the game and I slotted the ball between the keepers legs.”
“My second came from a ball slid in from the side line, where I pretended to shoot and then when the defenders dove in I placed it in the far corner.”
Since that game United bounced back with a 2-1 win over Wexford, with Carney again on the score-sheet. They currently sit second in the Southern Elite Division just one point behind leaders UCD.
Speaking about joining Galway from Sligo he said, “The main reason I left was for a fresh start and a chance to try break into a senior team and start matches consistently. I wanted to prove that I can score goals and play at a high level. Galway have given me a great chance so far and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”
“I loved my time at Sligo, it’s a great club with great staff but I wasn’t playing enough games due to a couple of different reasons.”
He’s off to a great start with the tribesmen, “I’m enjoying my time here at Galway since joining, I’ve scored four goals in the league now in five games and I’m really looking forward to our next games.”
“We’ve a great bunch of lads here and we all get on with each other really well, even though we have players from four different counties we gelled together straight away.”
His coach at Under 19 level Nigel Keady said of the young marksman, “Cathal has been in good form this season. From Mayo, he joined us from Sligo Rovers in January. He has a very good understanding of the game for such a young player and is a real handful for defenders. He’s a natural goal scorer and one we hope can progress into the 1st team squad this or next season.”
Photo Credit: Vinny O’Connor (Galway United)