Galway United come away from Athlone Town with another three points after a 1-2 win, thanks to goals from Jamie Erickson and Abbie Callanan. Your United Starting XI is below along with an overview of events on the night.
1′ KICK OFF IN ATHLONE
Athlone Town explode out of the blocks in the opening five minutes as they create three chances from the off as former United player Shauna Brennan and the in-form Madison Gibson cause trouble down the left, but eventually the game settles down as both teams find their feet.
18′ GOAL FOR UNITED – JAMIE ERICKSON
United hit the front in the 18th minute after a corner was swung into the box and Jamie Erickson heads into the corner!
38′ UNITED SCORE A SECOND! – ABBIE CALLANAN
United double their lead as Abbie Callanan takes advantage of a fumble by the Athlone Town goalkeeper, Peterkin. United have been under pressure for the majority of the first half but capitalise on the few chances they have had.
The teams go into the break, with Galway United two to the good, Athlone having the majority of the ball and chances in the first half. There’s a big second half ahead for both teams.
45′ SECOND HALF KICK OFF
Athlone make a substitute at half-time as former United player Kate Slevin is subbed off for Dana Scheriff. Athlone again start the half well and put the pressure on the United defense from the offset.
51′ UNITED COME CLOSE
Abbie Callanan makes a marauding run down the left wing and then puts a ball across the box to Aoife Thompson who stretches for the ball but puts it just wide, great chance for United!
53′ ATHLONE KEEP PUSHING
Athlone won’t back down, as they have two close chances in the space of a few minutes, the game is far from over with just under 40 minutes left, the next goal is crucial.
64′ ATHLONE SCORE, THEY’RE BACK IN THE GAME
Dana Scheriff scores for Athlone Town as their constant pressure finally pays off. It sets up a very chaotic final half an hour.
70′ CHANGES FOR UNITED
United make changes in the 70th and 73rd minute, as Amy Madden and Rola Olusola come on for Nicole McNamara and Abbie Callanan.
80′ A CHAOTIC LAST TEN MINITES
Athlone keep up their sustained pressure, but United are coping very well defensively and countering well with the pace of the newly introduced Rola Olusola down the left.
87′ ATHLONE COME CLOSE TO EQUALISING
Athlone really pile on the pressure, as the ball is launched into the box and Muireann Devaney touches it down past a United player but it roles into the arms of Jessica Berlin.
90′ IT ALL COMES TO A CLOSE
Aoife Thompson is replaced by Jodie Griffin in the closing stages, as four minutes of additional time are added.
The game ends with Galway United being the victors, United held firm throughout the game after Athlone Town piled on the chances. United were efficient with and make it two wins in a row in the Women’s Premier Division. Next up we play Shamrock Rovers at home, details are below.
GALWAY UNITED V SHAMROCK ROVERS
SATURDAY 15TH APRIL – EAMONN DEACY PARK – 2PM KICK OFF