Galway United finally got their first League win of the season last night, and it was certainly worth the wait. An added time winner from Gary Shanahan gave the Tribesmen a superb 2-1 win over 3-time champions Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park.
With President Michael D Higgins in attendance, as he usually is at both home and away games, the men from the west produced a wonderful performance to give themselves huge belief going forward.
A Vinny Faherty header on 25 minutes had the home side in front, before David McMillan equalised ten minutes before the break. They also had chances to be in front at half-time, but it finished 1-1 at the break.
Neither side could really gain the initiative in the second half, and it looked odds-on it would end in a draw.
But that was before Shanahan found himself in space on the right-hand side of the area, he took a shot which did take a deflection to beat Gary Rogers all ends up. Manager Shane Keegan bemoaned his sides luck all season, so he must be hugely relieved that that luck has now turned around.
Michael D was delighted to witness the winning goal;
We spoke to both of Galway United’s goalscorers Vinny Faherty and Gary Shanahan after last night’s game.
Vinny said, “Delighted to score but more importantly to get the first win. It’s been a long time coming and now it gives us something to really build on.”
“We have Sligo on Monday in the cup and Drogheda next Friday so we’ll have to refocus and make sure to build on this.”
Gary Shanahan was thrilled saying, “Yeah look it’s a massive result for us. it’s great to get the first win of the season and it’s something we need to build on.”
Gary Shanahan was delighted to get the win saying, “Yeah look it’s a massive result for us. It’s great to get the first win of the season and it’s something we really need to build on.”
“We knew Dundalk were going to have the majority of the possession so it was important for us to be compact and tough to break down, and to take our chances when they came our way and thankfully we did.”
“All the lads put in a tough shift and we got our rewards in the end. For the goal itself, it broke to me on the edge of the box and my strike took a bit of a deflection on its way, but you need that bit of luck at times.”