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Match Preview – Galway United vs Waterford

Galway United are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday March 1st to take on Waterford FC. Kick-Off is 7:45pm.

The Tribesmen will be looking to capitalise on last week’s great performance against Dundalk away from home. Waterford come into the game following a convincing win against Drogheda United and sit top of the league, albeit after just two games. Both teams were newly promoted this season but have already made an impact. While United are on 3 points in fifth place, the Munster side top the table for the first time in 19 years following their 4-1 trouncing of Drogheda United.

The Tribesmen took 10 points from a possible 12 against Waterford in the First Division last season but Keith Long’s side boast a host of new signings in 2024.

Your support is crucial as every game counts, particularly when playing at home.

John Caulfield’s thoughts 💭

Senior Mens manager John Caulfield spoke to our partners over at Galway Bay FM ahead of the game and emphasised the importance of the fans for the team. “We have three home games this month, and it’s important the fans come out again. Having home advantage can make a huge difference” listen in full below to Caulfield’s thoughts ahead of the clash.

23 February 2024; Galway United manager John Caufield celebrates after the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division match between Dundalk and Galway United at Oriel Park in Dundalk, Louth. Photo by Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Match Tickets 🎟

Match Tickets are currently still available. It is cheaper to buy match tickets in advance online as opposed to on the day at the gate and also saves you time queuing. Get yours below if you haven’t already.

Admission prices for the game

Online At gate
Adult €18 €20
Concession €13 €15
Family €40 €45
U12 €7 €7

The Squad

Brendan Clarke, Joe Wright, Conor O’Keeffe, Regan Donelon, Rob Slevin, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Colm Horgan, Garry Buckley, Al-Amin Kazeem, Jeannot Esua, Aodh Dervin, David Hurley, Karl O’Sullivan, Patrick Hickey, Vincent Borden, Conor McCormack, Edward McCarthy, Kyle Fitzgerald, Stephen Walsh (suspended for 2 further games) Wassim Aouachria, Leo Gaxha, Francely Lomboto, Tom Costello.

The Kit 👕

United will be in their traditional maroon home kit for this match.

How to follow the game

  • Watch the game live on LOITV 📺

You can stream the game LIVE on any device, anywhere worldwide with LOITV.

  • Social Media 📲

You can follow us on social media to see match updates, particularly on Twitter and our Instagram or Facebook stories.

  • Get the FAI Connect app 🤳

FAI Connect is a free app where you can see live scores and updates of games across Ireland, at any level. We would highly recommend downloading it on your phone for extra information.

Parking and Ticket Info 🅿️

Galway United advise that due to the Premier Division match on Friday 1st March -v- Waterford FC there will be traffic restrictions in place and traffic disruption in the city on Friday evening.

  • Kick off in Eamonn Deacy Park is 7.45pm and gates open 6.45pm so please be aware that disruption is expected from 6pm leading up to kick off.
  • We are working closely with both the Gardai and Galway City Council on a traffic management plan.
  • There will be no parking along the Dyke Road and the car park in Eamonn Deacy Park will be closed.
  • Match attendees are encouraged to use public parking including the Black Box car park which will have free parking for match-goers from 5pm.
  • All supporters are advised Season Tickets are still on sale at and offer great value for the season.
  • We encourage all supporters to advance purchase your match tickets online and arrive at the stadium early.

The Bar 🍻

The bar in Eamonn Deacy Park is located under Block F in the Comer Stand, in partnership with McGinns Hop House. The bar opens at the same time as the gates at 6:45PM. You must be 18+ to consume alcohol, and please drink responsibly.

Club Shop 🛍

The club shop will be open in Eamonn Deacy Park from 6:45PM. You can get all your Galway United merch and much more. Please note it has moved towards the Comer Stand due to on going stadium renovations.

Food and Drink 🍟

There will be food and drink kiosks available around the stadium, primarily located beside Block F in the Comer stand.

Match Day Programme 📰

The bumper matchday programme returns for 2024 and has more content than ever, available now for €5. Featuring exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else! Make sure to get a momento of the game, brought to you in partnership with iSupply.

Previous Encounters

Last season saw United and Waterford clash multiple times in the second tier you can check out some highlights below. United of course that season ended up winning the league convincingly, but things are different now in the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division.

It will be the 70th meeting between the clubs. 24 wins, 26 draws and 19 defeats.

  • It will just be the 20th meeting at Premier Division level with 7 wins, 9 draws and 3 defeats.
  • We have played them at home 33 times times and our record stands at 15-13-5. It took us until our 6th attempt to beat them at home but in our last 7 home games we have 6 wins and 1 draw going back to a defeat on 3rd August 2007.
  • Rob Slevin is in line to make his 40th appearance and Aodh Dervin could make his 20th, his goal against Dundalk was his first goal for the club – he actually scored twice for Longford against us.
  • 1st March has seen us play 6 times before with 3 wins and 3 defeats.
  • Most recently we played on 1st March 5 years ago in 2019 winning 4-0 away at Wexford with Donal Higgins, Conor Barry, Maurice Nugent and Colin Kelly in the goals.
  • As well as Nugent, Stephen Walsh was playing that night with Colm Horgan’s brothers Kevin & Chris both in the starting team.

Matchday Partners – RDent

RDent are matchday partners for this Friday’s game, as part of our partnership, United season ticket holders get a discount at RDent. Located in Galway Shopping Centre.


CityBin are matchball partners for this Friday’s game, The City Bin Co. is a waste collection company that is based in Galway and Dublin. They are used by tens of thousands of homes and companies, and they have won numerous honours in the process. The City Bin Co. was the first and only business in the waste management sector to be listed on Excellence Ireland’s “Index of Excellence.”