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Match Preview – Galway United vs Drogheda United

Galway United are back in action at Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday March 8th to take on Drogheda United. Kick-Off is 7:45pm.

Heading into our third game in the space a week, the Tribesmen will be looking to get back on track after a narrow defeat against Shelbourne. Drogheda United come into the game after a home win against Bohemians.

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

John Caulfield’s thoughts 💭

Senior Mens manager John Caulfield spoke after our game against Shelbourne earlier in the week, which you can listen to in full below.

4 March 2024; Galway manager John Caulfield, left, and assistant manager Ollie Horgan during the SSE Airtricity Men’s Premier Division match between Shelbourne and Galway United at Tolka Park in Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/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, 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- Drogheda United 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 6pm.
  • 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

We haven’t encountered Drogheda often in the top flight in recent years, but feel free to take a look back on some older games below!

77th meeting between the clubs

  • Just 16 wins, 24 draws and 36 defeats
  • Drogheda have won the last 5 meetings between the clubs and our last win over them was in 2017 when we beat them 4-1 at home thanks to a Gavin Holohan hat-trick. Drogs were relegated alongside us that season and in the eight Division 1 meetings since then they beat us 6 times and drew twice, winning all 4 meetings in Galway.
  • Our home record is 10 wins, 11 draws and 18 losses from 39 meetings
  • Our top flight record in 54 matches played against them 12 wins, 18 draws & 24 defeats.
  • If they win on Friday it would equal their longest winning sequence against us when they won six meetings across the 95/96 Premier season (when we both got relegated) and the 96/97 First Division when they won promotion back to the Premier at the first attempt.
  • If they play, Killian Brouder will be making his 120th appearance and Regan Donelon his 30th.
  • The only ex-player on Drogs books is Gary Deegan. Deegan came to the club under Tony Cousins in 2008 but Cousins was sacked early into the season before Billy Clery took charge for a few games prior to Jeff Kenna coming in. He left for Bohs in the middle of the season before moving to play in the UK making nearly 300 appearances there.
  • On this day: 8th March… Potentially one of the worst dates in the club’s history! 6 matches played and we’ve lost them all! Most recently 5 years ago in 2019 we lost 0-1 at home to Bray when Dean O’Halloran scored. Another 8th March defeat was losing our cup title defence again with a 0-1 defeat against Bray.

Matchday Partners – Centus

Galway United is thrilled to announce that Centus will be joining us as the Match Partners for our upcoming game against Drogheda United on Friday, March 8th, kicking off at 7:45 PM at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Founded in 2013, Centus has a rich history of empowering content creators and helping brands thrive in the digital landscape. Started by Galway man Conor O’Flaherty, Centus started from humble beginnings as Conor began life as YouTube content creator to becoming one of the leading influencer marketing agencies, Centus has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and innovation in the new online space.

Utah Department Store

Utah Department store are our matchball partners for the game, they offes top brands at low prices in ladies fashion, men’s fashion, kids fashion, curtains, blinds and homeware. Find out more HERE.