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Date Time League Season
20 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Galway bag hat-trick in win over Athlone

Galway continued their unbeaten run with a 3-0 win over Athlone Town tonight.

Chances were at a premium in the first half but a much improved second for Galway was rewarded with goals from Alex Murphy with a header, a David Hurley penalty and a strike from substitute Ronan Manning.

It was surprisingly Athlone who had the first real chance in this one. In just the 4th minute, Aaron Connolly played through Gary Armstrong, who tested Kearns at the near post, who was equal to the test.

Galway got their first chance in the 13th minute when Stephen Walsh was played through. He tussled back and forth with Aaron McBride before poking his effort wide.

The tribesmen weren’t really at it in the first half and received a warning shot in the 37th minute when Success Edogun got the ball on the left of the box before taking it onto his right and trying a shot. A deflection caused a big loop and it went just wide.

The host could’ve had the lead two minutes from the half when a ball from a free was headed down to Killian Boulder, but he scuffed wide.

There was more urgency in the second half from John Caulfield’s men following a team talk and it showed early. Wilson Waweru was played through and smacked a shot off the upright, showing it was only a matter of time before Galway would take the lead.

The deadlock was broken in the 54th minute when a David Hurley free kick was met by Alex Murphy who bet Mark Smith to the cross, putting it in. Galway never looked back.

They would threaten via set pieces throughout but it took until ten minutes from time for the lead to be doubled.

Wilson Waweru was played through on goal and Smith denied him at point blank range before Walsh got the rebound but was fouled just inside the area. David Hurley stepped up and slammed it in to put Athlone out of reach.

The cake got its icing in the 90th minute when Galway yet again won a free out left. It was pulled back to Ronan Manning, who took a touch inside and slotted it in. A fine finish.

Elsewhere Cork have only managed a draw with Wexford. This means that following tonight’s results, Galway now lead the first division by two points.

  • 94'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added on.

  • 90'

    Goal! Free is pulled back to Manning and he slots in, putting the cherry on top!

  • 80'

    Goal! David Hurley slots it in to put Athlone out of sight!

  • 80'

    Penalty Galway.

  • 69'

    Waweru tries to flick it in at the back post. Galway as already seen are dangerous from set pieces.

  • 64'

    Walsh meets a header at the back post but floats it onto the roof of the net. Galway much improved this half.

  • 54'

    Goal! Alex Murphy heads in a cross to give the hosts the lead!

  • 48'

    Chance! Waweru is played through and smacks the woodwork! Galway starting the half on the front foot...

  • 46'

    Athlone restart the game.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 43'

    Falls down to Brouder in the box but he misses. Galway's best worked piece of play.

  • 37'

    Edogun takes a shot onto his right and the deflection takes it just wide.

  • 34'

    Gary Armstrong absolutely balloons a free. Really devoid of action in this half.

  • 24'

    McBride clearly hampered with his shoulder. Likely getting subbed.

  • 13'

    Walsh gets in behind and has a tussle with McBride before poking wide.

  • 4'

    Athlone have the first chance after Connolly plays through Armstrong, but Kearns saves.

  • 1'

    Galway get us underway.

  • Teams are out now.

  • Galway are looking to keep pace with Cork whilst Athlone are still looking for a win. Anything other than a home win would be a surprise.

  • The Athlone team is now also in.

  • The Galway team is now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for live updates of today's encounter between Galway United and Athlone Town, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Diego Portilla Defender
7Gary Boylan 14 Defender
10David Hurley 2 Midfielder 80'
18Wilson Waweru 19 Forward
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 9 Midfielder
25Alex Murphy 4 Defender 54'
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
Ben Molloy Defender
2Conor O’Keeffe 10 Defender
4Charlie Lyons 25 Defender
9Manu Dimas 24 Forward
12Jordan Adeyemo Forward
14Ronan Manning 7 Midfielder 90'
19Francely Lomboto 18 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender

Athlone Town

1Mark Smith Goalkeeper
4Noah van Geenen Defender
9Shane Barnes 6 Forward
11Thomas Oluwa Forward
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder
13Success Edogun 8 Forward
18Oisin Duffy 2 Midfielder 60'
19Aaron McBride 27
20Gary Armstrong 22 Forward
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
31Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
30Andrew Skerritt Goalkeeper
2Osaze Irhue 18
6Matthew McCarrick 9 Forward
7Blake Ryan Defender
8Quincy Nkansah 13 Midfielder
10Sultan Adenekan
22Youri Habing 20 Midfielder
27Cian Kelly 19 Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 6)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 20)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 11)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Athlone Town

(Series 2)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 10)
1 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

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

Galway United v Athlone Town

Ground

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

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