Date Time League Season
31 July 2022 3:00 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

FAI Cup Report: Bluebell United v Galway United

Galway United progressed to the second round of the FAI Cup as they overcame a battling, ten-man Bluebell United 7-0 at Tolka Park.

Braces from Stephen Walsh and Francely Lomboto alongside strikes from David Hurley, Robert Manley and David Tarmey saw Galway through comfortably.

Tolka Park was the venue for this Cup tie and the first half saw plenty of incident. Galway went ahead when Nathan Bell dragged back Stephen Walsh in the box, David Hurley unerringly converted the penalty kick.

Minutes later, home striker Shane Stritch was red carded for a recklessly mistimed tackle on visiting captain Conor McCormack. This galvanised Bluebell who pushed hard for a leveller, left-back Leon Hayes was a particular threat with his set pieces.

However, Walsh bagged a quickfire brace of supreme quality to take the game away from the non-league side. He first powerfully headed Oisin O’Reilly’s pinpoint delivery into the corner before he finished a surging run stylishly, firing the ball into the net.

Robert Manley was next to score after Bastien Hery, on his Galway debut after signing from Finn Harps, sumptuously sidestepped a defender to slip in the unopposed Manley who made it 4-0.

Local lad David Tarmey had a dream cameo off the bench, the youngster full of running and got his rewards with a close-range tap in from O’Reilly’s fizzed centre.

Yet it would be another substitute who would steal the headlines as Francely Lomboto fired home on the counterattack after Hurley played him through. Lomboto pounced late on in injury time to score his second after defensive miscommunication.

Despite the battering, Bluebell had Galway on the ropes before Walsh’s quality brace drained them. Glenn McCauley was a pest up front, and the defence were regularly heroic in the second half with their determination to block.

For Galway, John Caulfield will be delighted that his side navigated smoothly past this potential banana skin of a cup tie and they will be watching Tuesday’s second-round draw with keen interest.

  • Thanks for joining me this afternoon and see you again next time!

  • Full Time: Galway through!

  • 90'

    Lomboto scores again for a late brace!

  • 88'

    Lomboto finishes off a Galway counter-attack after Hurley sent him through on goal, 6-0 now!

  • 85'

    Bluebell's defending has been heroic at times today, Carl Russel has made several important blocks despite the scoreline

  • 79'

    Tarmey gets a goal lashing in from close-range from O'Reilly's fizzed centre

  • 73'

    Rowe flashes a header wide as Bluebell defend resolutely as we enter the final fifteen minutes

  • 68'

    Hery departs after a fine debut, Evan O'Connor comes on

  • 65'

    The Galway youngsters looking bright and lively in this second half

  • 59'

    Gagan booked for the hosts

  • 56'

    Walsh departs for Galway with Lomboto and Harmey on

  • 51'

    Robert Manley is on the scoresheet after Bastien Hery, on debut, shimmies a defender and slides Manley in who tucks home with aplomb

  • 50'

    Rowe gets a cross in but Bluebell counter and McCauley thrashes a shot not far wide from an acute angle

  • 45'

    Mikie Rowe replaces Hennings at the interval

  • 45'

    Back underway!

  • Half time, 3-0 to Galway. Bluebell have played well but that red card has been exposed

  • 39'

    Adam Thomas is on for his Galway debut as McCormack departs with a niggle

  • 34'

    What a first half for Stephen Walsh, he receives the ball from Hennings, tuns and fires a scorcher into the top corner!

  • 32'

    Walsh thumps a header home for 2-0, great Galway goal! Oisin O'Reilly's cross in is perfect and Walsh powers it into the net

  • 26'

    Max Hemmings fires a left-footed shot into the side-netting as Galway are now on the attack

  • 22'

    The red card has galvanised the hosts who are applying all the pressure as Hayes goes close again with a fine free kick effort

  • 17'

    Leon Hayes with Bluebell's best chance, forcing a smart save from Galway keeper Matthew Connor

  • 11'

    From bad to worse for Bluebell! Shane Strich rightfully sees red for a horrifcly mistimed challenge on Conor McCormacark who will be able to continue, thankfully

  • 9'

    Nathan Bell tugs back Steven Walsh giving Galway a penalty! David Hurley tucks it away and the away side lead 1-0

  • 5'

    Galway passing it around neatly but Bluebell are well settled defensively

  • Underway!

  • Good afternoon and welcome to's FAI Cup coverage. Today we have non-league Bluebell United against First Division side Galway United. Kick off is at 3pm

Bluebell United

Michael Quinn Goalkeeper
Nathan Bell Defender
Leon Hayes Defender
Carl Russell Defender
Jamie Gagan Defender 59'
James O’Brien Midfielder
Anine Russef Midfielder
Shane Strench Forward 11'
Glenn McCauley Forward
Jamie Kelly
Charlie Dongel 75'
Leon Hefferman

Galway Utd

16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh 15 Defender 32', 34'
4Charlie Lyons Defender
6Diego Portilla Defender
12James Finnerty 19 Defender
26Oisin O’Reilly Defender
10David Hurley Midfielder 9'
17Bastien Hery 20 Midfielder
22Conor McCormack 15 Midfielder
27Max Hemmings 8 Midfielder
9Rob Manley Forward 51'
1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
8Mikie Rowe 27 Midfielder
9Manu Dimas Forward
15David Tarmey 3 79'
18Wilson Waweru Forward
19Francely Lomboto 12 Forward 88', 90'
20Evan O’Connor 17 Defender
15Adam Thomas 22 Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender


Tolka Park
Tolka Park (Shelbourne FC), Drumcondra South A ED, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

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