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29 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Manning wonderstrike secures win for Galway

Galway kept pace with First Division leaders Cork City, producing a remarkable 3-2 comeback win over Treaty United at Markets Field tonight.

Ronan Manning's wonder strike off the bench lit the touch paper as John Caulfield's men rallied from a two-goal deficit with 15 minutes left. Tommy Barrett and his coaching staff will surely be searching for answers after a spectacular collapse, one which undid Dean George's well-taken brace.

Stepping into the breach left by top goal-scorer Enda Curran's absence from the matchday squad here, the Wexford youth product made no mistake with a close-range finish in each half.  

A well-taken header from Marc Ludden's inviting delivery after 13 minutes, before reacting fastest to punish the visitors' lax defensive mishap in a goalmouth scramble shortly after the hour mark.

Caulfield was fuming at his side's profligacy and made a quadruple change immediately afterwards, with two of those substitutes playing a key role in orchestrating their dramatic fightback.

Max Hemmings threaded through a neat pass to fellow sub Ronan Manning, controlling the ball well on the turn before unleashing a sweetly-struck effort which arrowed into the top corner with aplomb after 75 minutes. There was no time to celebrate, as they could sense a shift coming.

David Hurley, who should've had an assist two minutes in but for Manu Dimas' big early miss, eventually got it five minutes later. Alex Murphy, unmarked at the far post, headed home their equaliser after Hurley's free-kick delivery fell kindly to the Newcastle-bound teenager.

While also wasteful, Stephen Walsh was an ever-present threat for Treaty's backline. He notched his sixth strike of the season, sending the visiting fans into raptures behind the goal after meeting a perfectly-weighted delivery from Gary Boylan - another inspired sub – into the far corner.  

It was a hammer blow for Treaty, as 15 minutes stood between themselves and a first league win over their rivals, before the roles reversed and they crumbled spectacularly under pressure.

The Shannonsiders soon got punished by a side creating better chances and their six-match unbeaten run snapped. But how long can Galway keep this up?

  • I've been Mosope Ominiyi, thanks for joining me tonight! Stay tuned to the site for more coverage across the grounds, with my full match report also to come.

  • 93'

    I said it last week, I\'ll say it again now.. Galway cannot afford to keep doing this! Treaty\'s six-game unbeaten run is ended, having done enough to edge out a result but losing composure when they needed it most under duress.

  • 93'

    Full-time! Galway have done the improbable, recovering from 2-0 down with 15 minutes left... to rescue all three points away against local rivals Treaty. On the balance of chances over 90 minutes there can be no complaints, but just how the hosts crumbled under duress after Manning's wonderstrike will leave questions long into the night.

  • 91'

    Big reaction stop by Brady to stop Galway from making it four... everything has just unravelled for the hosts here, this is quite remarkable to see.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of stopapge-time to play, can Treaty somehow salvage something from this now?

  • 88'

    Boylan, another inspired substitute, delivered a perfectly-lofted ball into the danger zone and Walsh - who had missed two or three chances earlier on - made no mistake this time with a downward header into the far corner.

  • 87'

    GOAL! GALWAY HAVE DONE IT! 2-0 DOWN, STEPHEN WALSH PUTS THEM 3-2 UP!

  • 80'

    It's almost as if someone just put this game on 4x speed in the last ten minutes, everything has been happening here! Manning's stunning strike halved the deficit and Treaty have just crumbled under pressure.

  • 79'

    GOAL! Galway equalise through an unmarked Alex Murphy at the far post from a David Hurley free-kick!

  • 76'

    Gary Boylan on for Diego Portilla, can the hosts hang on now?

  • 75'

    GOAL! Galway pull one back and what a finish by substitute Ronan Manning!

  • 69'

    There you have it: Conroy and Armshaw are both on in place of George and Collins. A big result in store for the hosts here, should they hold out for the last 20 minutes or so...

  • 68'

    Dean George, the hosts' matchwinner as it stands, appears to be struggling with cramp and will be off shortly.

  • 64'

    Four changes all at once from Caulfield, who is presumably fuming at his players but has made like-for-like substitutions: Adeyemo, Manning, Lomboto and Hemmings on for Dimas, O'Keeffe, Waweru and McCarthy.

  • 62'

    GOAL! Treaty double their lead as Dean George completes his brace from close-range! A defensive disaster is picked apart from a goalmouth scramble, and Galway have a mountain to climb now.

  • 60'

    To make matters worse for John Caulfield's men, First Division leaders Cork City are now 2-1 up in their home game against Longford Town through a Barry Coffey rebound. Will they drop ground in the title race here?

  • 59'

    Galway are firmly on top in this game now, but again are finding themselves second best when it matters most. Fleming marshalled Waweru brilliantly, before Dimas hurried another good chance at Brady's near post, blasting high and wide of the mark.

  • 53'

    After Brouder's long throw-in is partially cleared, the ball falls to Hurley on the edge of the area... his first-time effort flies over the bar though, as Treaty's defence holds up well enough.

  • 50'

    An update on Joe Gorman, who didn\'t appear injured at the interval... he had been suffering chest pains during the break but wanted to continue - was overruled by the hosts\' medical staff.

  • 49'

    Melody's first action of the game is to try his luck with an audacious effort as he spots Kearns off his line... the resulting strike swerves harmlessly wide though.

  • 45'

    Second-half is underway, a big 45 minutes ahead for both sides given where they sit in the First Division standings! Treaty's Conor Melody on for Joe Gorman at the break is the only change.

  • 46'

    Lynch shows good anticipation and positioning to make an important defensive intervention as Walsh works his way into the area and threatens to shoot, though the ball eventually trickles out to safety before referee O'Sullivan blows his whistle. Half-time: Treaty United 1-0 Galway.

  • 45'

    The fourth official signals for just one minute of stoppage-time to be played...

  • 41'

    Let-off for Treaty! Galway have an equaliser ruled out for offside... Stephen Walsh pounces as the hosts fail to clear their lines - much like the opener - his cross-cum-shot is flicked into the far corner by Waweru before the linesman flags and supporters' ironic jeers mask the Treaty blushes. For now.

  • 39'

    Matt Keane is back on the pitch again, sporting a headband and new shirt, but he's able to continue.

  • 37'

    I wish I could provide more minute-by-minute commentary but nothing is happening. Waweru won a cheap free-kick earlier which fizzled out, before Galway wasted a promising opportunity from a corner minutes later.

  • 35'

    From the resulting set-piece, nothing of note as the ball trickles out for a goal-kick. Treaty down to ten, at least momentarily, after Matt Keane is receiving lengthy medical treatment for a bloodied cut on the sidelines.

  • 34'

    Brouder does well to escape a booking after committing a cynical foul near the halfway line, stopping a Treaty counter-attack in its tracks. Referee Kevin O'Sullivan gives what looks like a final warning.

  • 26'

    Fleming makes an important last-ditch sliding interception to deny Waweru - lurking dangerously alongside him - as you can sense Galway are upping the tempo in their search for an equaliser before half-time now.

  • 22'

    Big save! After being tackled in transition, the ball fortuitously breaks for Stephen Walsh, who bares down on-goal and fires powerfully goalwards... but is denied by a strong one-handed stop by Jack Brady. Still 1-0.

  • 18'

    I\'ve just heard Ludden - suffering from illness this week - had to pass a late fitness test to play tonight. He\'s been good so far, besides that perfectly-weighted assist, which my commentator described as Marcos Alonso-esque. He\'s also made sure to be defensively responsible down the flank, something the Chelsea man can\'t say.

  • 17'

    Charlie Fleming fizzes a good ball into the danger area from the right-hand side, a brave Lee Devitt reacts quickest but heads harmlessly over the crossbar bar with a defender all over him.

  • 14'

    Ludden, against his former side no less, produces a great delivery into the box as the visitors don't convincingly clear the danger... Dean George steers a header into the far corner for his third goal of the season.

  • 13'

    GOAL! Treaty break the deadlock as Galway fail to properly clear their lines!

  • 10'

    Galway's well-worked passing sequence, including Murphy and McCormack, sees Waweru try his luck with a hopeful effort on the edge of the area. He doesn't connect sweetly though, an easy catch for Treaty goalkeeper Jack Brady.

  • 7'

    Unsurprisingly, the match commentators describe visiting manager John Caulfield\'s demeanour as visibly agitated by what he\'s seen so far - his side are on top but have nothing to show for it, giving away possession cheaply too.

  • 3'

    Dimas misses a big chance! David Hurley drives forward on a marauding run into the box, cuts the ball back for Manu Dimas - in acres of space with the goal to aim at - but steers his eventual effort over the bar. Really should've hit the target from there.

  • After a minute's appreciation for former Limerick goalkeeper Freddy Hall is observed after the 37-year-old tragically died on Sunday night, the referee blows his whistle and play is underway.

  • Both sides going through their paces in the warm-up now, KO shortly approaching...

  • No changes to the starting eleven for the visitors, so that's perhaps why... Dimas and Waweru leading the line and both will hope for a more productive outing in-front of goal than last Friday.

  • It's unclear whether injury or illness means neither make the matchday squad, but it'll be interesting to see how Treaty fare in the final third without those two. Also, their Twitter account released full team news for Galway - early mind games?

  • Curran and Stephen Christopher's absence is a significant blow, considering the pair have combined to score seven of the team's 13 league goals this season. Given the potentially high stakes this evening, I set the scene perfectly for them to produce damage in my match preview, too.

  • Marc Ludden makes his 40th competitive appearance for Treaty tonight, up against his former club - while elsewhere Enda Curran, Mark Walsh and Adam Gallagher miss out for the hosts.

  • Team news for the hosts has just been released, with a few surprises in store...

  • Good evening and welcome to tonight's live commentary, as Galway United travel to local rivals Treaty United tonight with kick-off just under an hour away! My name's Mosope Ominiyi and I'll be describing the night's action as it unfolds from Markets Field.

Treaty Utd

1Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2Charlie Fleming Defender
3Marc Ludden Defender 77'
5Sean Guerins
32Joe Gorman 7 Defender
44Jack Lynch Defender
6Callum McNamara Midfielder
8Joe Collins 16 Midfielder
22Matt Keane 20 Defender
12Lee Devitt Midfielder
10Dean George 21 Forward 13', 62'
13Conor Winn Goalkeeper
33Lee Mulready Defender
38Scott Kirkland Defender
7Conor Melody 32 Midfielder
16William Armshaw 8 Midfielder
19Josh Quinlivan Midfielder
20Martin Coughlan 22 Midfielder
21Colin Conroy 10 Midfielder
27Jack Arra Forward

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe 23 Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender 88'
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Diego Portilla 7 Defender
25Alex Murphy Defender 80'
10David Hurley Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 27 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 19 Forward
9Manu Dimas 12 Forward
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
30Ben Molloy Defender
4Charlie Lyons Defender
7Gary Boylan 6 Defender
20Evan O’Connor Defender
23Ronan Manning 2 Midfielder 75'
27Max Hemmings 24 Midfielder
12Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
19Francely Lomboto 18 Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 5)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Treaty United

(Round 22)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Treaty United

(Round 13)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Jackman Park

Treaty United v Galway United

(Series 4)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Treaty United

Ground

Markets Field
Markets Field, Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, V94 AY9C, 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.