Date Time League Season
15 October 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Galway grab hard earned home win

Goals from Stephen Walsh and David Hurley helped Galway United to a hard fought 2-1 victory over Wexford FC.

In what was a thrilling encounter at Eamonn Deacy Park, the Tribesmen played most of the second-half man short.

Jack Moylan managed to grab the goal for the visitors, while it was Maurice Nugent that saw red for Galway.

United would start the game stronger, not giving Wexford a moment’s rest on the ball and creating chances from the first whistle.

This led to Stephen Walsh heading home from a corner with just seven minutes played.

Jack Doherty provided most of Wexford’s creativity, carving out their first chance after a one-two with Kyle Robinson, but Conor Kearns denied him.

Despite a great passage of play from Ian Ryan’s men, they received a sucker-punch when Ruairi Keating found David Hurley with a pinpoint accurate cross to double Galway’s lead.

Wexford’s reply would be instant, Daniel Dobbin managed to find Jack Moylan at the back post who put the visitor’s right back in the game just before half-time.

The Slaneysiders’ pursuit of an equaliser was aggressive after the restart with Moylan failing to finish after Conor O’Keefe misplaced a back pass.

They were given a massive boost after just 50 minutes, when Maurice Nugent dragged down Jack Doherty and was given his second yellow card of the night.

Kyle Robinson forced a great save from Kearns with a looping header, as Wexford continued to dominate.

However Wexford still managed to gift Galway chances. Wilson Waweru dispossessed Corcoran just outside of the box, but he was met by a sea of Wexford bodies on the line that denied him a goal.

The Tribesmens’ top-goalscorer Ruairi Keating managed to break the defensive line with an interception, only to put his effort horribly wide.

With 15 minutes left Doherty found himself inside the six-yard box but failed to find the equaliser, blazing his shot over the bar.

  • 88'

    Kevin McEvoy is replaced by Aymin Yousif

  • 87'

    Conor McCormack with two heroics block to keep Galway's lead intact

  • 86'

    End-to-end action at Eamonn Deacy Park as both sides continue to go for it

  • 83'

    Keating with a looping header that goes over the bar

  • 81'

    Mikey Place and Carlton Ubaezonuonu replace Waweru and Doherty

  • 77'

    Caoilfhinn O'Dea and Alex Murphy come on

  • 76'

    From one bad miss to another. It's Doherty this time from point blank range that skies the ball over the bar

  • 75'

    Keating intercepts a pass and goes through one-on-one but scuffs his effort well wide

  • 74'

    Waweru wins the ball from Corcoran and has his effort blocked by a sea of Wexford players in front of the goal

  • 73'

    Stephen Walsh is booked

  • 69'

    Keating has a header go wide

  • 66'

    Keating is booked for kicking the ball away after Wexford won a free

  • 65'

    Fitzsimons is replaced by Evan Farrell

  • 64'

    Stephen Walsh's header goes well wide of the Wexford goal

  • 62'

    Ball falls to Fitzsimons outside the box, who loops his effort over the bar

  • 60'

    Wexford have picked up where they left off, pressing Galway and looking menacing coming forward

  • 58'

    Another glorious chance for Waweru, who hits the bar from close range. Score remains 2-1

  • 55'

    Kearns with a great save from a Robinson header

  • 52'

    Maurice Nugent is off! He receives his second yellow for a foul on Jack Doherty

  • 47'

    Conor O'Keefe can count himself lucky after gifting the ball to Jack Moylan with a back pass, it's Conor Kearns who comes to the rescue to smuggle the ball from the Wexford striker's feet

  • 45'

    It's United who get the second-half underway

  • 45'

    HT: Galway lead 2-1 after an exceptional opening 45. Wexford will feel hard done by, having dominated after conceding early.

  • 42'

    What a miss from Waweru. A Hurley cross fell for the Galway striker inside the six-yard box but he blasts his shot over the bar

  • 40'

    GOAL! Jack Moylan latches on to a Daniel Dobbin cross at the back post to get a goal back for the visitors

  • 38'

    What a goal! A phenomenal cross from Keating falls to David Hurley who just guides the ball past Corcoran. 2-0 Galway

  • 35'

    A moment of panic for Wexford inside their own box, Ruairi Keating failing to finish for the hosts

  • 32'

    Again its Kearns! Denying Jack Moylan this time. An end-to-end contest so far, Wexford starting to gain the upper hand

  • 31'

    An incredible one-two between Doherty and Robinson is stopped thanks to a great save from Conor Kearns

  • 28'

    Killian Brouder with a great slide tackle to prevent Kyle Robinson who was through one-on-one after a great pass from Daniel Dobbin

  • 26'

    Maurice Nugent is booked

  • 24'

    A glorious chance for Galway. Doherty snatches the ball from Paul Cleary and squares it across for Wilson Waweru who fails to get anything on the ball

  • 22'

    Robinson brings down McCormack inside the Galway half

  • 19'

    Ruairi Keating latches on to a volley but it sails over the bar

  • 18'

    Doherty booked for simulation

  • 13'

    Hurley with a long-range effort, but he cannot get near the target

  • 11'

    Wexford looking unsettled in the opening 10 minutes. The hosts have dominated this game so far

  • 8'

    Jimmy Corcoran with a great save to deny The Tribesmen a second

  • 7'

    And there's the opener! Stephen Walsh heads home from the corner. 1-0 Galway

  • 6'

    Galway win a corner

  • 3'

    A Killian Brouder cross looks dangerous but is easily collected by Corcoran

  • 1'

    Early free-kick to Wexford

  • 1'

    Kick-off at Eamonn Deacy Park

  • Galway starting XI is up

  • The hosts will be hoping to keep their good form going tonight as they prepare for the play-offs. The Tribesmen are unbeaten in their last five games. As for Wexford, they find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table having missed an opportunity to go just one point behind Cobh after losing to Cork last week.

  • Wexford starting XI is in

  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of tonight's First Division encounter between Galway United and Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. My name is Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you updated throughout tonight's game. Kick-off is just an hour away and team news shall follow soon.

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh 25 Defender 7'
4Gary Boylan 17 Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender 26'
7Ruairi Keating Forward 66'
10David Hurley 32 Midfielder 38'
11Shane Doherty 20 Midfielder
20Wilson Waweru 15 Forward
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
8Dean O’Shea Defender
15Carlton Ubaezuonu 20 Midfielder
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea 4 Midfielder
20Mikey Place 11 Midfielder
24Colin Kelly Forward
25Alex Murphy 3 Defender
32Joe Gorman 10 Defender

Wexford FC

1Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
4Paul Cleary Defender
15Kevin McEvoy 26 Defender
20Daniel Dobbin Defender
9Karl Fitzsimons 19 Defender
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
8Karl Manahan Forward 89'
21Harry Groome Midfielder
10Jack Doherty Midfielder 18'
16Jack Moylan Midfielder 40'
17Kyle Robinson Forward
30Sean Martin Goalkeeper
12Nicky Leonard
13Andrew Farrell
19Evan Farrell 9 Forward
23Luke Scanlon
26Ayman Yousif 15 Forward
28Donal Porter Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Galway United

(Series 8)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 12)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Wexford FC

(Series 3)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Galway United


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

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.