Galway United make the long trip to the South East on Friday night to face Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park. Kick-off: 8.00pm.
Both sides head into the game on the back of heavy league defeats, last week the Tribesmen suffered a harrowing loss at the hands of Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park, meanwhile hosts Wexford Youths also succumbed to a heavy defeat against St. Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park.
United have had the upper hand when the sides have met this season, winning 2-0 at Ferrycarrig Park in April and 4-2 in Eamonn Deacy Park in July.
Galway United coaches Leo Tierney and Gary O’Connor expect to see a big improvement in performance at Ferrycarrig Park after the disappointment of last weeks showing at Eamonn Deacy Park against Cork City.
LEO TIERNEY SEEKING A REACTION IN FERRYCARRIG PARK
“We didn’t do ourselves justice against Cork City, we’re a better group than that,” Tierney remarked.
“We’re looking for a reaction from the players to put that right and there’s no better place to go.
“It’s difficult in Wexford, but we have to go and put on a show. We have to turn up and we have to work hard. That’s the basics of it.
“We’re only interested in responding for ourselves. We know it will be difficult against Wexford Youths, we’ve had decent results against them this year, but they’ve all been very difficult games with very little between the teams. We’re expecting a performance from the players.
“We feel the character of the players is good, they’ve responded well this week in training. We need to go and show that for 90 minutes and that’s what we’ll be expecting from the players in Wexford on Friday.”
Gary O’Connor and Leo Tierney have a lengthy list of absentees ahead of Friday’s trip to Ferrycarrig Park.
Galway United captain Ryan Connolly is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.
Jose Garcia remains sidelined through injury.
A number of United players are considered doubtful and they will face late fitness tests ahead of the game. These include – Enda Curran, Stephen Folan, Jesse Devers, Kevin Devaney and Marc Ludden.
Members of United’s under-19 squad will be drafted in to bolster the squad at Ferrycarrig Park.
Graham Kelly (Cork)
GALWAY UNITED GOALSCORERS
Vinny Faherty – 12
Kevin Devaney – 5
Gary Shanahan – 4
Ryan Connolly – 4
Padraic Cunningham – 3
Enda Curran – 3
Ruairi Keating – 2
Eric Foley – 2
Marc Ludden – 1
Armin Aganovic – 1
John Sullivan – 1
Kilian Cantwell – 1
Paul Sinnott – 1
Colm Horgan – 1
Wexford Youths – LDLLL
Galway United – WLLWL
22 July 2016 | Galway United 4-2 Wexford Youths
Galway United goalscorers: Vinny Faherty (2), Gary Shanahan and Ryan Connolly
Wexford Youths goalscorers: Shane Dunne and Andy Mulligan