www.galwayunitedfc.ie spoke to manager Tommy Dunne after training on Sunday morning.
The Dubliner was buoyed by United’s 2-0 win at the Brandywell Stadium on Friday evening.
First half strikes from Padraic Cunningham and Jake Keegan helped the Tribesmen to their first league win at the venue since 2009.
“To go to the Brandywell and to pick up the three points was very pleasing,” Dunne explained.
“There aren’t many teams in the league that will beat Derry City as convincingly as we did on Friday.
“I’ve played for Derry City and I know how difficult it is to play there. It’s always a challenging venue and not many sides will pick up points there and Galway United don’t have the best record there. But I have to say, the players really were fantastic on the night.
“Everything was right, our attitude, the way we went about it, the work rate, the desire and the players application. It all came together. I’ve said it from the start of my tenure at the club, there is a real integrity and honesty in this group of players.
“If you go to the Brandywell and you don’t have that, then it will be exposed very quickly. We got our just rewards. When you look back at the game, we didn’t start brilliantly but after a nervy enough beginning, we were worthy winners on the night.”
Galway United went into the game with an injury crisis and Dunne was quick to praise his squad for their performance against the Candystripes when a lot of the players were playing out of position or carrying knocks at Brandywell Stadium.
“Paul Sinnott filled in at centre half and he did fantastically well, he’s comfortable on the ball and he reads the game well. I thought he was brilliant over the course of the game. He wasn’t the only one either – right across the group, the work rate and desire was fantastic from the players.
“For me, Gary Shanahan typifies what we’re all about. If you could bottle what Gary Shanahan has, then you’d be worth a few quid.
“He will run, and run and run. When he’s bollocksed, he’ll still run. You can’t buy what you get from this group of players and that’s why I enjoy working with them. If we can continue to improve playing wise and fitness wise, we can do well.”
Galway United have a double header at home up against Bohemians in the League and EA SPORTS Cup and Dunne is hoping that the Galway public will rally around his young squad and show their support at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday and Monday night after a fantastic result and performance at the Brandywell.
“I think these players deserve people to come out and support them. I guarantee they will give you a shift and for the price you pay into the ground, they’ll give you your money’s worth.
“When I saw we got over 3,500 for the Play-off final against UCD, it disappoints me that we don’t get crowds like that at every home game. You could walk out of the ground disappointed, or elated but you’ll get your moneys worth on the night.
“I think the boys deserve the support of the Galway people and when they do turn out, they’ll be pleasantly surprised,” Dunne concluded.
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