Date Time League Season
9 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Galway brace thwarts Cobh effort

Two goals for Galway United nullified Cobh Ramblers at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening and saw them pick up their fifth win on the bounce in the League of Ireland First Division.

Ruairi Keating’s first half penalty was the only score of the opening 45 minutes. Wilson Waweru nabbed the second goal in the 52nd minute to expand the cushion, although in all reality United ought to have run more rampant.

That said, sitting at second place in the table every point is vital to John Caulfield’s men who would have been delighted to gather all three today to see their accumulation move to 31 for the season.

With top spot Shels also having drawn with Treaty United this evening the gap between the two sides has moved to just six points, making things very exciting for Galway heading into the remainder of the season.

Cobh put up a tough exterior early in the game which United probed at consistently, the opener coming when Mike Place was clipped down in the box after he had broken away and looked certain to score.

Keating converted that chance but it was testament to both The Rams’ defence and the home sides lack of tenacity on the final ball that it remained 1-0 at the halftime break.

Place, David Hurley and Gary Boylan were all dangerous in The Tribesmen’s attacking threats, but it was Waweru who was next to get on the scoresheet as he took a pop at an acute angle and his effort paid dividends with a goal.

From there it looked inevitable Galway were to assemble a melee, more as they drove forward in numbers, but to no avail.

They did however show just why they are as high in the table as they are when they rolled on substitutions like Shane Doherty, Padraic Cunningham, Joe Gorman and Shane Duggan, demonstrating the strength and depth in their squad which will be useful going forward if they are to pose a besiege on The Reds at the summit of the table.

  • 94'

    It's all over as referee Dowling blows it up in Eamonn Deacy Park and Galway emerge as 2-0 victors to secure their fifth win on the bounce

  • 90'

    4 mins added time to be played

  • 80'

    Into the last 10 in Eamonn Deacy Park and it seems inevitable as to Galway getting a third goal. Brouder comes off for Gorman, Hurley off for Duggan

  • 73'

    The subs roll in and out for both sides as Cunningham comes on for Galway and Cooper replaces OLeary for Cobh

  • 67'

    Galway really choking out any Cobh chances as they themselves keep powering forward

  • 61'

    Shane Doherty comes on for the home side as Mikey Place comes off. He's been brilliant for Galway today in their attacking strives forward

  • 57'

    Jake Hegarty makes way for Ciaran Griffin as Cobh try to change things in this game

  • 53'

    Fionn Duggan on for Cobh

  • 52'

    GOAL! Wilson Waweru picks up his fifth goal of this seasons campaign and Galway's second of the day

  • 48'

    Corner for Galway after sustained pressure from Keating and Boylan

  • 45'

    Back underway in Galway! Hopefully we see more goals in this one as the second half progresses

  • And the first half is over here in Eamonn Deacy Park where the home side Galway remain 1-0 up. With a myriad of chances coming there way they are yet to poke through for that second goal as Cobh have been solid at the back but will presumably start to come out of their shell in the second 45.

  • 45'

    1 minute of additional time has just been signalled

  • 37'

    Galway line up the resulting free and send the ball floating into the box. It\'s greeted by a Galway head but Brouder clips it over the bar

  • 36'

    Yellow for O'Connell

  • 30'

    Half an hour gone in this one and Keating\'s penalty is the only difference maker so far. Galway really piling men forward but haven\'t got that two goal cushion yet.

  • 14'

    Turner becomes the first input into the book tonight

  • 12'

    GOAL! Keating converts the penalty as he slots it to the right of Cobh's keeper and sends Galway 1-0 up inside the first quarter.

  • 11'

    Penalty awarded to Galway after Mikey Place's breakaway is cut short in the box by Cobh

  • 10'

    200 fans are bearing witness to this match in Eamonn Deacy Park, United on top in the opening stages but yet to capitalise on their possession

  • 7'

    Galway throwing long searching balls into their forward line early on but thus far no serious chances to report in this First Division clash

  • Kick off in Eamonn Deacy Park

  • Ones to watch for them this evening in Terryland include primed Ruairi Keeting who has six goals to his name in 2021 and Wilson Waweru who is posing real problems to defences throughout the matches this year. In contrast however keeper Sean Barron has been standout for The Rams and so an interesting match up lies ahead

  • The teams are now live! Check them out in our line ups section for this game that kicks off in 10 minutes!

  • The Tribesmen are amid an impeccable run of form having pushed past UCD with relative ease and a 2-0 win last week and will be looking to continue such instincts tonight versus eighth placed Cobh, while The Claret and Blue army were inflicted a 2-1 defeat by Bray Wanderers in their most recent fixture, Ian Turner netting their goal at the end of Darren Murphy’s cross against the run of play only to have it cancelled out by a brace from Joe Doyle.

  • The conditions in Eamonn Deacy Park this evening include a mix of cloud and sunny weather, steady at 17 degrees celsius with a slight wind.

  • Thanks for joining me Alanna Cunnane for tonight's match commentary. Galway aspire to add five wins from five to their record and put some space between themselves and Treaty United in the table this evening in Eamonn Deacy Park where they play hosts to Cobh Ramblers at 7:45pm.

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
4Gary Boylan Defender
5Killian Brouder 32 Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
7Ruairi Keating Forward 13'
10David Hurley 8 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward 52'
20Mikey Place 11 Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder 5'
25Alex Murphy Defender
1Kevin Horgan Goalkeeper
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
9Padraic Cunningham 18 Forward
8Shane Duggan 10 Midfielder
11Shane Doherty 20 Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe Midfielder
17Thomas Oluwa Forward
32Joe Gorman 5 Defender

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
5Ben O’Riordan Defender
6Charlie Lyons Defender
4Lee Devitt Midfielder 76'
12Naythan Coleman Defender
7Ian Turner Midfielder 14'
14Stephen O’Leary 9 Midfielder
16Darren Murphy Forward
10Jake Hegarty 23 Forward
18Danny O’Connell Midfielder 36'
19James McCarthy Defender 12'
20Luke Kennedy Goalkeeper
9Killian Cooper 14 Forward
17Cian Murphy Defender
20Nathan O’Connell Midfielder
22Corey Chambers Goalkeeper
23Ciaran Griffin 10 Forward
Alex Hill Defender
3Darryl Walsh Defender
26Fionn Duggan Midfielder


22. Conor McCormack 5' 
 12' 19. James McCarthy
9. Ruairi Keating 13' 
 14' 7. Ian Turner
 36' 7. Danny O'Connell
18. Wilson Waweru 52' 
 76' 12. Lee Devitt

Past Meetings

(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

Alanna is currently pursuing her studies in journalism at Dublin City University and writes regularly for her local media outlets in Sligo.