Date Time League Season
1 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Brouder puts Galway back to winning ways

They huffed and puffed for sustained periods but eventually, Galway United returned to winning ways through an unlikely source as Killian Brouder's second-half strike settled a hard-fought clash against Cobh Ramblers at Eamonn Deacy Park tonight.

Wilson Waweru could've had a hat-trick, but lacked the finishing touch and composure in the final third. His cause wasn't helped by the ever-present Harlaib Mbayo, who typified a diligent defensive display from Darren Murphy's men.

With this result, Galway are now back level on points with First Division leaders Cork City. If they are to win the league this term, they'll need more comfortable outings than this though.

Buoyed by a purposeful start, Wilson Waweru could've had a hat-trick but lacked the finishing touch and composure in the final third. He forced goalkeeper Andy O'Donoghue into an important stop from close-range on the half-hour mark, but should've scored.

Having had a genuine penalty appeal waved away by referee Alan Patchell early on, he fluffed his lines just before half-time after Conor Kearns' delightful distribution fed him another promising chance.

As the match commentators wondered whether they'd be punished for such wastefulness, Darren Murphy's men were defending astutely without much in the way of respite further forward.

Breandan Frahill and in particular, Harlaib Mbayo, were making multiple key interventions as Galway forced the issue. The latter's showing was so impressive the home supporters applauded him off the pitch, limping off late on after sustaining a knock he couldn't continue with.  

Beforehand, he was indirectly involved in Galway's scrappy opener. It was his block from a powerful strike subsequently leaving him worse for wear, though the hosts broke the deadlock from the resulting corner.

Stephen Walsh, who'd just come off the bench, headed a deep cross into the path of Killian Brouder. Having blazed a free header over the bar three minutes prior, he simply couldn't miss again.

There was still time for an equaliser as a frantic few minutes saw action aplenty, with Ireland U19 fullback Alex Murphy and Brouder making emphatic interventions to thwart Cobh on the counter.

As time ticked by, another penalty shout – this time for the visitors – was ignored late on. A last-gasp equaliser remained in the offing, but Cobh crumbled with the game's final kick: a wasted corner helping their hosts breathe a sigh of relief.

They struggled for sustained periods but the ability to win ugly when not at your best will encourage head coach John Caulfield. If they are to win the league this term though, they can't afford many more outings like this.  

  • Thanks for joining me, I've been Mosope Ominiyi, stay tuned to the site for the match report and more coverage across the grounds tonight shortly.

  • 95'

    O'Donoghue charged into the box but the delivery was poor, which rather sums up a frustrating evening in-front of goal for Darren Murphy's men - reduced to half-chances and counter-attacking moves without much incision.

  • 95'

    FULL-TIME! Galway United 1-0 Cobh Ramblers, it was far from straightforward despite their probing start, but John Caulfield's men dug in and earned a hard-fought three points.

  • 95'

    Cobh have a final chance now from one last corner-kick.... O'Donoghue is charging forwards from his box too.

  • 93'

    Adeyemo on, Murphy off for Galway in the final few seconds now...

  • 90'

    Rowe off, Lyons on as the fourth official signals for FOUR minutes' worth of stoppage-time to come. How are your nerves?

  • 89'

    Another Cobh substitution, this time Abbott is on for Holland

  • 88'

    Hurley fizzes a low cross into the area, it eventually falls to McCarthy ... but his effort flies over the bar.

  • 87'

    Penalty shout waved away as Cobh Ramblers still search for a last-gasp equaliser... heart-in-mouths time for the hosts

  • 83'

    Two changes for the hosts now. Waweru and McCarthy replaced, by Boylan and Hemmings.

  • 80'

    Triple change for the visitors. Kargbo and Hegarty on, for Walsh and McGrath. Mbayo meanwhile, who made a big block moments before Galway's opener, cannot continue and is also replaced with O'Riordan in his place.

  • 73'

    Walsh is booked for an overzealous aerial challenge on O'Donoghue as he tried winning possession from another looping delivery, this time an inswinging free-kick.

  • 70'

    Frantic few minutes now as Cobh Ramblers look to equalise straight away! O'Connell's mazy run in the area is stopped in its tracks by Murphy, before Whitmarsh finds himself denied by a brilliant Brouder recovery tackle.

  • 67'

    GOAL! 1-0 Galway and it\'s been coming! Mbayo - who else - makes another important defensive action, this time blocking a powerful strike out for a corner... A deep cross is looped far and Walsh\'s header is flicked on into Killian Brouder\'s path, who simply can\'t miss from close-range!

  • 65'

    Another booking for the visitors, this one more cynical and very necessary - Frahill on Waweru as the forward danced his way through midfield.

  • 64'

    Over the bar! Brouder is unmarked, has a free header, but his effort sails over the crossbar and O'Donoghue left untested - much to the frustration of the Galway play-by-play commentating crew.

  • 63'

    Mbayo with another well-timed intervention, this time intercepting Waweru's jinking run down the flank. He's been solid at the back for the visitors, but will they hold out for a hard-earned clean sheet?

  • 60'

    First change of the evening and it was coming. Dimas off, Galway's leading goalscorer this season in Stephen Walsh (3) warmly received as he sprints on to replace him before another corner for the hosts.

  • 56'

    Murphy charges down the byline, this time unchallenged, and forces O'Donoghue into an unexpected save from his cross-cum-shot which looked to be arrowing towards the near post. Dimas once again lurks dangerously from the resulting corner, though the visitors clear their lines.

  • 53'

    O'Donoghue second into the referee's book, for what I can only assume is dissent... before then, a few end-to-end moments for both sides coming to nothing in the end as they search for an all-important opener.

  • 46'

    PEEP! And we're back as promised, no substitutions made by either side at the interval. We'd like some better camera work in this half though, please..

  • 45'

    Galway players already back out and ready for the second-half.. we'll soon get back underway.

  • 45'

    Galway have been the more likely to score and as mentioned earlier, started this encounter on the front foot. On another day, Wilson Waweru might already have a hat-trick. Instead this chess match remains scoreless, which I wouldn't have predicted from the opening ten minutes.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME! Surprisingly no stoppage-time added on as the referee blows his whistle, moments after Dimas almost benefits from a loose ball on the edge of the area. Galway United 0-0 Cobh Ramblers.

  • 42'

    Kearns' booming kick sets Waweru free in space and he accelerates intently on goal, but again, the forward's finishing isn't up to par and as the visitors track back, the chance ultimately trickles wide.

  • 40'

    Frahill with a perfectly-timed sliding tackle to stop an overlapping Murphy as he looks to stretch the play down the left ... more defending well executed by the visitors, whose attempts at a quick counter is quickly snuffed out.

  • 37'

    From the resulting play, Waweru shows good spatial awareness and patience to win a corner on the far side, but it comes of nothing as O’Donoghue punches clear.

  • 36'

    It's harsh, but we have the evening's first booking. Darryl Walsh is carded for losing out in a 50-50 challenge with McCarthy, flicking a high boot and catching the midfielder.

  • 30'

    The ball breaks for Waweru, who advances clear of the visitors\' backline and finds himself one-on-one with O’Donoghue... who holds firm and makes a leg save! Poor execution on the strike sure, but it\'s a step in the right direction as far as clear goalscoring opportunities are concerned.

  • 29'

    Another long throw-in is diligently defended by the Ramblers, being made to regularly work hard here. McGrath tries to counter, essentially on his own, but is penalised for a handball.

  • 25'

    Murphy's skilful marauding run forward gets the Galway crowd oohing and aahing, as the commentator takes the opportunity to highlight how many clubs are monitoring his progress.. Still only 17!

  • 24'

    Rowe's eventual effort hits the wall, Cobh partially clear their lines a few times before Mbayo's sliding interception in mid-air. Danger averted for now.

  • 23'

    Walsh is penalised, albeit belatedly, after a forceful bodycheck on McCarthy just outside the box...

  • 18'

    McCormack dispossessed for hesitating in possession by an alert O'Connell, who recycles possession in the final third but thankfully for Galway, a lofted through ball is met with the goalkeeper's grateful gloves. It's been that sort of game so far, as far as the visitors are concerned.

  • 13'

    Besides one half-chance created down the byline with some suspect defending, Cobh Ramblers haven't really done much in an attacking sense yet - much to the home crowd's delight. They are probing and intent on getting the game's first goal here.

  • 8'

    Good save! McCormack lets fly from distance and forces an acrobatic stop from O'Donoghue, moments after Waweru had a genuine penalty appeal harshly waved away by referee Alan Patchell.

  • 6'

    Wide! Brouder, unmarked, heads past the post from the resulting set-piece as Galway's good start continues.

  • 5'

    Galway have begun this game the brighter of the two sides, first Waweru has a header blocked then McCarthy forces a corner after drilling a dangerous shot goalwards.

  • KICK-OFF! After a delayed minute's silence, we're now underway!

  • As for the hosts, Ireland U19 fullback Alex Murphy features in a strong side seeking a return to winning ways tonight.

  • Frahill, Walsh and McGrath all come into the side, while new signing James O'Leary is among the visitors' substitutes bench tonight too.

  • Without any further ado, team line-ups are in and there's plenty to run through!

  • Good evening and welcome to tonight's commentary, between Galway United and Cobh Ramblers. My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be taking you through the night's events from Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender 67'
6Diego Portilla Defender
25Alex Murphy 12 Defender
8Mikie Rowe 4 Midfielder
10David Hurley Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 7 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 27 Forward
9Manu Dimas 3 Forward
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh 9 Defender 73'
4Charlie Lyons 8 Defender
7Gary Boylan 24 Defender
20Evan O’Connor Defender
23Ronan Manning Midfielder
27Max Hemmings 18 Midfielder
12Jordan Adeyemo 25 Forward
19Francely Lomboto Forward

Cobh Ramblers

22Andy O’Donoghue Goalkeeper 53'
35Harlaib Mbayo 4 Defender
2John Kavanagh Defender
3Darryl Walsh 24 Defender 36'
5Breandan Frahill Defender 65'
11Conor Drinan Defender
7Danny O’Connell Midfielder
15Jack Larkin Midfielder
28Dale Holland 6 Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh Forward
14Seán McGrath 10 Forward
30Darragh Burke Goalkeeper
4Ben O’Riordan 35 Defender
12Darragh O’Sullivan Connell Defender
19James McCarthy Defender
24Issa Kargbo 3 Defender
25Michael McCarthy Defender
6Jason Abbott 28 Midfielder
8Pierce Phillips Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty 14 Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 24)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Galway United

(Series 15)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 6)
0 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Galway United

(Series 14)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 5)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Galway United


Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

Mosope Ominiyi is a freelance sports journalist and sub-editor with over a decade's worth of experience, having graduated in 2020 with a BA Hons degree at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in The Times, MailOnline and Sportskeeda, among other platforms.