Date Time League Season
13 August 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Tribesmen Topple Table Toppers

Galway United have well and truly turned up the heat on the League leaders after a fine home win over Shelbourne this evening.

A tense matchup was decided by two excellent assists, O’Keeffe supplied the first for Shane Dohertys opener after 12 minutes, that was followed in the 51st minute by a great corner by tremendous David Hurley and Killian Brouder heading home to seal the deal for Galway.

There was a flurry of late goals with Keating scoring late on for Galway to put the home side 3-0 up 90 minutes gone, and Brian McManus getting a late consolation for the traveling side.

It was a quiet open exchange in Eamonn Deacy Park, with both sides going back to front, but not many opportunities were being created. 

Galway defender well and seemed keen to counter attack, and that's exactly how they created their first opportunity and their first goal.

There was great build up play, which led United down the right hand side and a wonderful cross from O’Keeffe found Shane Doherty who struck and put the home side 1-0 up. 

This goal allowed Galway to set up and hold their lead. Shelbourne dominated possession but failed to make any opportunities on goal they were left feeding off long range efforts and set pieces. 

Galway's impressive defence held tight and the sides went in 1-0 at half-time.

The second half started much like the first, with Galway sturdy at the back, leaving the Dublin side looking for answers. 

Five minutes into the second half, Galway again struck the back of the Shelbourne net. From seemingly out of nowhere the United corner was headed home by Killian Brouder after a brilliant ball in from David Hurley. 

This seemed to finally click the Dublin side into gear as Galway were forced to survive an onslaught of long balls and crosses into their box but they stood firm. 

During this spell Galway never looked too worried the pressure was building but they showed great character and willingness to fight for every ball. 

It was Galway who struck again late on with a brilliant 90th minute effort from Keating put the Westerners 3-0 up. Although that was short lived as Shelbournes McManus scored a fantastic late consolation goal for the visitors. 

It wasn't to be for Shels tonight as a remarkable 18-match unbeaten run has been ended by second placed Galway United the gap at the top of the table now seven points

  • 92'

    3-1 Shels get one back

  • 90'

    3-0 Keating with a lovely strike !!

  • 85'

    Double Change for Galway Cunningham and Place Replace Rowe and Doherty

  • 80'

    Galway suffering an onslaught here

  • 75'

    Farrell booked for preventing a United counter attack

  • 70'

    Galway's fourth yellow as Walsh enters the book

  • 67'

    Been a frantic spell in the second half Galway on the backfoot Shelbourne pilling on the pressure

  • 65'

    Waweru Replaced by Keating

  • 65'

    Waweru Replaced by Keating

  • 63'

    Changes for shels En-Neyah off for Eric Molloy

  • 63'

    Changes for shels En-Neyah off for Eric Molloy

  • 61'

    Nugent also booked

  • 60'

    Galway Captain McCormack booked

  • 58'

    Shelbourne starting to create more chances

  • 51'

    Its 2-0!! Brouder with a fine header from the corner !!

  • 45'

    Second Half underway

  • 48'

    Half time 1-0 Galway United lead at the break

  • 47'

    Brennan Booked for a tackle in the midfield

  • 44'

    Yellow for Rowe

  • 38'

    Galway player down with a head injury

  • 30'

    Galway defending well here not giving the away side anything easy

  • 28'

    Rough tackle goes unpunished here United unimpressed

  • 22'

    George Poynton replaces him

  • 22'

    Injury forces JJ Lunney off

  • 21'

    Break in play as JJ Lunney has taken a knock

  • 18'

    Decent build up play from Shelbourne but leading to nothing as of now

  • 12'

    Goal !!!! Great Cross from O'Keeffe and Doherty taps it home 1-0

  • 6'

    Good open start here Shels had a free in a good area but failed to make it count

  • 1'

    Kick Off!!

  • Were approaching kick off, the conditions are good for both sides in Eamonn Deacy Park dry light breeze good conditions for this match

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Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender 69'
4Gary Boylan Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender 51'
6Maurice Nugent Defender 62'
10David Hurley Midfielder
11Shane Doherty 20 Midfielder 12'
14Mikie Rowe 9 Midfielder 44'
22Conor McCormack Midfielder 60'
18Wilson Waweru 7 Forward
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
21Christopher Horgan Defender
25Alex Murphy Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender
20Mikey Place 11 Midfielder
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder
7Ruairi Keating 18 Forward
9Padraic Cunningham 14 Forward
17Thomas Oluwa Forward
24Colin Kelly Forward


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
4Ally Gilchrist Defender
15Maxim Kouogan Defender
16John Ross Wilson Defender
6JJ Lunney 26 Midfielder
10Ryan Brennan Midfielder 47'
14Brian McManus Midfielder 92'
18Dayle Rooney Midfielder
5Yassine En-Neyah Midfielder
17Shane Farrell Forward 76'
20Kyle O’Connor Forward
25Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2Michael Barker Defender
Mark Nolan Midfielder
Gavin Molloy Midfielder
26George Poynton 6 Midfielder
Eric Molloy 5 Forward
11Yousef Mahdy Forward
32Kameron Ledwidge Forward

Past Meetings

(Series 10)
4 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Galway United

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

Galway United v Shelbourne

(2nd Round)
2 - 5
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Shelbourne


RefereeFourth Official
Alan PatchellDeclan Toland


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