Keegan wants United to back up the Cork draw with victory over Finn Harps


Galway United manager Shane Keegan was full of praise for centre-back Stephen Folan following his man-of-the-match performance in their 1-1 draw with Premier Division leaders Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park last night. 

Keegan played with a back three instead of a flat back-four and it paid off. “Using it tonight meant Stevie Folan could literally man mark Seani Maguire. I thought Stevie was brilliant and really excellent on him. Overall, it was a really good defensive display,” he told galwayunitedfc.ie

“In the first half we showed a lot of attacking intent and did very well. In the second half, I don’t think we tested their keeper really. I don’t know how often they tested Conor Winn either.”

“They were camped in our half quite a bit and dominated possession. We really got on the front foot in the first half, and Mark McNulty pulled off some very good saves.”

“When you take into account that their goal was a shot from distance that took a deflection, now it’s poor defending that we didn’t into McCormack’s face, as he seemed to have an eternity to get the shot off, but even that’s a shot from distance.”

“The lads worked their socks off. For them not to get a one-on-one all night long, is a tremendous defensive display on our behalf.”

Keegan continued, “We attacked really well, and we kept finding Kevin Devaney and Ronan Murray in space. The lads movement was really clever and we caused them problems in that regard.”

“The second half was completely different, it was purely about the defensive shift.”

However Keegan was quick to put the performance in perspective saying, “For all the pats on the back they deserve for tonight, it will count for almost nothing unless we deliver against Finn Harps next Friday night.”

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