Date Time League Season
16 April 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Waweru snatches late draw for Galway

A stoppage time goal from Wilson Waweru ensured Galway United snatched a late point to deny Treaty United the spoils of what was a very good display from the newly included side.

It looked as if Edward McCarthy's bullet header would be enough to take the three points back to Limerick only for Waweru's goal deep in stoppage time to salvage a point for the home side. Despite ample chances and possession by the home side they could convert it into goals until the dying seconds of the game.

The first opportunity of note fell to the away side as Marc Ludden crossed the ball into the area and with Hanlon ready to pounce Galway’s defence cleared the danger. Ronan Manning responded in kind for the hosts with a well-struck effort that Tadgh Ryan did well to hold onto. Manning followed that attempt moments later that once again tested Ryan.

It was Treaty who took the lead, however, with a superb team goal that started with experienced left-back Marc Ludden sending in an excellent cross from the left that was met by Edward McCarty rose above the Tribesmen defence to head past Kearns at the back post.

Galway sensing the danger from Treaty's counter-attacks began to retreat and soak up some continued pressure from the away side, but as the half wore on they began to get a foothold on the game. Ryan Manning proved once again to be dangerous with another effort that was deflected for a corner, but that was as good as it got.

The Eamonn Deasy Park outfit emerged as a different team in the second half as Shane Duggan sent in a clever ball to Killian Brouder at the back post who effort towards the goal couldn’t get the proper connection. Duggan followed up by taking a chance on himself, but Tadgh Ryan once again denied him with an excellent save.

Galway looked odds on to equalise when the ball sent in high into the area was met by Padraic Cunningham who did everything right to try to slot the ball home, only for Ryan once to pull off a well-placed block.

It looked as if Treaty would be taking home the spoils only for an opportunity to present itself to Galway in the dying seconds that they capitalised. Conor McCormack sent in a free-kick into the area and Waweru prodded the ball past Ryan after an initial knockdown by Duggan.

While a share of the spoils would seem a fair result based on Galway's possession and hard work it will be the Limerick side who have gained a lot of plaudits tonight for their style of play and game management.

Both clubs will look to build on this result next week. 

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: A late, late show from Galway United has snatched a point for the home side despite an excellent effort from Treaty United.

  • 90'

    Late drama! Conor McCormack's free-kick is sent into the area and Waweru rises highest to head it past Ryan!

  • 90'

    A cross sent into the area is met by Brouder but his header is straight at the keeper.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes here.

  • 88'

    The siege on Treaty's defence is well and truly on as Galway look to salvage something from this game but nothing is coming from it at the moment. Big final minutes ahead.

  • 84'

    Carlton comes off and the defensive shape will change.

  • 84'

    Rowe comes on and looks to move into a more attacking position.

  • 81'

    McKevitt comes on to lead the front line.

  • 81'

    Hanlon comes off for the final period of the game.

  • 80'

    Ten minutes left to play and despite knocking on the door Galway cannot seem to get the breakthrough they have wanted. Treaty have been impressive in their game management.

  • 76'

    The goalscorer comes off.

  • 76'

    Collins comes on to make his Treaty debut.

  • 72'

    What a chance for Galway. The ball was high into the area after Duggans initial shot and Cunningham did everything right to try to slot the ball home and Ryan did excellently to save. Galway continued to press with a series of passes into the area but they were all cleared by Treaty's defence.

  • 66'

    Ludden gets a yellow card for a foul on Place.

  • 65'

    Kelly comes into the game.

  • 65'

    Doherty had a solid game tonight and comes off.

  • 65'

    Place replaces him.

  • 65'

    That's Mannings last action of the night.

  • 64'

    Good footwork in the area by Ronan Manning but he falls at just the opportune time.

  • 60'

    Big, big chance for Treaty to add a second goal, McSweeney who sets Murphy away who was one on one with Kearns and the goalkeeper does excellently in. saving with his feet. Big let off from Galway.

  • 57'

    Fantastic shot by Shane Duggan who lets one fly from range but Ryan does excellently and saves well.

  • 55'

    After a clash with Ronan Manning, on first observation he won the ball but Sean McSweeney gets a yellow card.

  • 51'

    For a foul on Brouder Alan Murphy gets a yellow card. Tommy Barrett is not impressed on the touchline as he felt it was a fair challenge.

  • 48'

    A good ball sent in by Duggan and Brouder at the back post tried to hit it goalwards only it goes wide. It was a difficult angle and he was outstretched.

  • 46'

    SECOND HALF: We are underway for the second half.

  • 46'

    And coming on to the game is Murphy for the second half.

  • 46'

    Coustrain is coming off at the break.

  • 46'

    Looks like Treaty is going to make a change.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: While they may be a game down this is slowly becoming Galway's game. Everything is being played in front of Treaty United and they are playing on the break and counter-attacks. The second half will be massive for the home side.

  • 38'

    First positive chance for Galway as Manning hits another shot that is deflected for a corner, the resulting corner saw Duggan strike one inside the area and Galway earn another corner.

  • 32'

    Galway United haven't been quiet since they have conceded the goal, Treaty has been holding firm and playing a good passing game. Galway haven't been clinical enough in the final third.

  • 27'

    Treaty continuing to counter-attack and have a corner that Galway has to clear at the back post. John Caulfield will have plenty to ponder as this half wears on.

  • 19'

    O'Connell has gone down injured but it looks as if he will be ok to continue.

  • 17'

    Treaty take the lead with an excellent team goal! Marc Ludden with an excellent cross from the left that was met by McCarty with a fantastic bullet header at the back post and it flies past Kearns.

  • 13'

    Great chance from Ronan Manning as he collects the ball on the edge of the area but his effort took a deflection en route to the keeper and it was saved easily by Ryan. If it maintained the pace it had it Ryan could have been in trouble.

  • 9'

    Galway responds to that chance by creating one of their own with Ronan Manning hitting a well-struck effort that Ryan does very well to save.

  • 8'

    First big chance for Treaty as Marc Ludden crosses the ball into the area and despite Hanlon ready to strike it's cleared.

  • 3'

    Tadgh Ryan is the first keeper to be called into action, despite the attentions of Shane Duggan he snatches the ball on the edge of the area and gathers the ball.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: We are underway at Eamonn Deacy Park

  • Treaty United: Ryan, Ludden, O'Connell, Hanlon, McSweeney, Keane, Guerins, McCarthy, Coustrain, Walsh, Lynch.

  • Galway: Kearns, Boylan, Brouder, Nugent, Keating, Duggan, Cunningham, Doherty, Ubaezuonu, McCormack, Manning.

  • Watching the coverage via LOITV and I must say the music choice from Galway United TV has been excellent!

  • Sean McSweeney also said “This Friday night will be a big test. Galway have a lot of good individuals there definitely and they have a lot of experienced players there as well.”

  • Treaty United's Sean McSweeney on tonight's game: “I think overall we are happy with the start we have made to the season. At the start, some of us might have been wondering how is it going to go when the squad was so late put together it was kinda difficult for us, but I suppose we definitely would have taken this at the start."

  • Galway United Captain Conor McCormack: We have not had the exact start we would have perhaps wanted so we need to be at it from the first whistle until the last whistle as we know they will be right up for the game. They have a really good team and are doing well so we know we will have to be at our best to beat them.

  • He has continued by saying "Ultimately it is about making sure that we give a good display against Treaty. Throughout pre-season we were delivering reasonably good performances; the Athlone Town game was a disappointment. Despite that setback, I still believe that this group of players can become a very good team for Galway United."

  • Speaking in tonight's programme notes manager John Caulfield has said: "Last week’s postponement was frustrating. On Thursday evening it was widely rumoured so the disappointing thing from our point of view is that we travelled, we had in our heads to play the match and at 5.30 pm the game was called off."

  • Good Evening from FinalWhistle HQ, Ciaran Callan here to bring you through tonight's action from Eamonn Deacy Park as Galway United take on Treaty United. This is the first-ever meeting between the sides so a historical event to say the least.

Galway Utd

25Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
4Gary Boylan Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
8Shane Duggan Midfielder
9Padraic Cunningham Forward
11Shane Doherty 24 Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
23Ronan Manning 20 Midfielder
25Carlton Ubaezuonu 14 Midfielder
Ruairi Keating Forward
1Kevin Horgan Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender
12Stephen Christopher Midfielder
14Mikie Rowe 25 Midfielder
20Mikey Place 23 Midfielder 65'
21Christopher Horgan Defender
24Colin Kelly 11 Forward
David Hurley Midfielder
Wilson Waweru 9 Forward 90+3'

Treaty Utd

1Tadhg Ryan Goalkeeper
3Marc Ludden Defender 66'
5Clyde O’Connell Midfielder
9Kieran Hanlon 26 Forward
10Sean McSweeney Forward 56'
12Matt Keane Defender
14Sean Guerins Forward
15Edward McCarthy 8 Midfielder 18'
17Joel Coustrain 11 Midfielder
25Mark Walsh Midfielder
44Jack Lynch Defender
21Shane Cusack Goalkeeper
8Joe Collins 15 Midfielder
11Alan Murphy 17 Midfielder 52'
13Aaron Fitzgerald Midfielder
19Adam Foley Forward
22Shane Lowth Midfielder
23Callum McNamara Midfielder
26Matthew McKevitt 9 Defender


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

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.