Date Time League Season
14 May 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Late goal earns Galway first win

Substitute David Hurley grabbed a 95th minute winner, as Galway United claimed their first win of the campaign, following a rare home win against Wexford, at Eamonn Deasy Park.

This was an intriguing encounter.

One where it looked like managerless Wexford, would finally pick up at least a point.

Inspired by ‘keeper Corcoran, who made a number of saves, and Jack Doherty, who was a nuisance throughout, Wexford appeared to have repelled sustained Galway pressure.

The Tribesmen made hard work of this one.

Their best endeavours of the game came from corner kicks and set pieces, while Padraic Cunningham and Ruairi Keating proved industrious in the attack.

Cunningham clipped the post in the first half, while Keating, who is in a rich vein of form, chased everything and challenged the Wexford rear-guard.

The Galway dominance appeared to be unrewarded, as Killian Brouder, Gary Boylan and Maurice Nugent tested to no avail.

Wexford, once again, remained dogged and lively in this contest.

A Keith Turner header in the 32nd minute, teed up Doherty, who found his way in front of goal but a miscued shot, failed to punish.

Keating was involved in everything for Galway in the first half. A solid run saw him tee up the ball for Cunningham, but Corcoran was up to the shot. He again went close soon after.

Galway keeper Corocoran made an acrobatic interruption to deflect a free-kick onto the post, to ensure the game was scoreless at half-time.

Dominating possession, the hosts continued to attack for much of the second half.

Wexford appeared to be tiring but, in the last 10 minutes, it looked as John Caulfield's charges were running out of ideas.  

Doherty did cause a few scares for the away side.

However, in the 95th minute, Conor McCormack set Hurley loose, who turned in and out, before unleashing a ferocious shot to the top corner of the net, to win the game for Galway.

  • 95'

    David Herlihy with the last kick of the match, finds the corner of the net. Top class goal. That wins it for Galway United.

  • 90'

    Mikey Place is booked late on.

  • 88'

    Karl Manahan picks up a tactical yellow, as Galway looked to attack.

  • 86'

    Evan Farrell in for Karl Fitzsimmons

  • 83'

    Colin Kelly joins the action in place of Carlton Ubaezuonu.

  • 83'

    Shane Duggan withdrawn. David Hurley on in his place.

  • 80'

    Jack Doherty earns Wexford a free on the edge of the box. Wexford are in this game.

  • 78'

    Jack Doherty gives Galway a scare but he runs out of room to take a meaningful shot.

  • 72'

    Padraic Cunningham is replaced by Wilson Waweru

  • 69'

    Jack Connolly leaves the game after making a vital intervention. Anthony Dolan on in his place.

  • 65'

    Harry Groome joins the fray in place of Charlie Smith. Ruairi Keating flashed another effort wide.

  • 60'

    Ruairi Keating gets his foot on to a looping ball, directs it over the on rushing Jimmy Corcoran, but it's over the bar.

  • 54'

    Stephen Walsh picks up a booking for breaking up a promising Wexford attack.

  • 47'

    Jack Doherty picks up a caution. A very late challenge on that occasion.

  • 46'

    Mikey Place comes on for Mickie Rowe for Galway United, for second half

  • 46'

    Back underway for the second half

  • 45'

    Galway United 0, Wexford FC 0 at the break.

  • 45'

    Jimmy Corcoran pulls off a top drawer save to tip the ball onto the post and out. The move started with a Galway free.

  • 42'

    Ruairi Keating is inches away from connecting on a loose ball.

  • 36'

    Maurice Nugent goes close with a header from the subsequent corner kick.

  • 36'

    Ruairi Keating goes on a solid run, he sets up Padraic Cunningham, his shot is saved and runs out for a corner kick.

  • 32'

    Keith Turner's header teed up Jack Doherty, who miscued his shot. Should've done a lot better there.

  • 21'

    Carlton Ubaezuonu picks up the first yellow card.

  • 18'

    Padraic Cunningham is denied the game's opening goal, after a great ball in from Stephen Walsh and a super knockdown by Ruairi Keating. The ball hits the net. The Assistant Referee has the flag up for offside.

  • 18'

    Galway are attacking in numbers. Wexford have issue keeping tabs. Mikey Place takes a tumble. No penalty awarded.

  • 17'

    Ruairi Keating started the move, which involves Mikey Place. The result is Gary Boylan shot goes wide after pouncing on Padraic Cunningham header which hit the post.

  • 9'

    Wexford's Jack Doherty flashes a cross from the end-line, across the Galway box. Wexford are lively. Tight and tentative opening otherwise.

  • 2'

    Galway force a very early corner kick.

  • Confidence will be high, that Galway can secure their first home win against the visitors,

  • Boosted by Cabinteely's decision not to proceed with an arbitration appeal against an FAI decision to award a 3-0 win being awarded to Galway United, for a game postponed by the Dublin club last month.

  • Galway United come into this game on the back of a poor 2-1 defeat against Bray Wanderers, which came after a 4-0 defeat of Cobh Ramblers.

  • A difficult start to the season, complimented by consecutive heavy beatings to UCD and Cork City, saw Wexford part company with manager, Brian O'Sullivan, this week.

  • Managerless Wexford arrive to Eamonn Deasy Park, hoping to change their fortunes around.

Galway Utd

16Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
3Stephen Walsh Defender 54'
4Gary Boylan Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Maurice Nugent Defender
7Ruairi Keating Forward
8Shane Duggan 10 Midfielder
9Padraic Cunningham 18 Forward
14Mikie Rowe 20 Midfielder
15Carlton Ubaezuonu 24 Midfielder 21'
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
10David Hurley 8 Midfielder 90'
12Stephen Christopher Midfielder
17Caoilfhionn O’Dea Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward
20Mikey Place 14 Midfielder 90'
1Kevin Horgan Goalkeeper
24Colin Kelly 15 Forward

Wexford FC

18Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
3Alex O’Hanlon Defender
5James Carroll Defender
6Jack Connolly 24 Midfielder
7Conor Crowley Midfielder
8Karl Manahan Forward 88'
9Karl Fitzsimons 19 Defender
10Jack Doherty Midfielder 47'
15Kevin McEvoy Defender
16Charlie Smith 21 Defender
23Luke Turner Defender
22Sean Martin Goalkeeper
12Jack Larkin Midfielder
19Evan Farrell 9 Forward
21Harry Groome 16 Midfielder
24Anthony Dolan 6 Midfielder
25Ayman Yousif Forward

Past Meetings

(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