Second-half goals from David Hurley and Max Hemmings were enough to secure a 2-0 victory over Longford Town at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Despite Alex Murphy going close in the opening minutes, it was the Midlanders who had the better of the opening half. Conor Kearns was the busier of the goalkeepers, denying both Ryan Graydon and Dean McMenamy.
United took control after the break, however, and opened the scoring in the 50th minute. First-half substitute Ed McCarthy was fouled as he weaved his way into the penalty area.
David Hurley made no mistake from the resultant penalty to tuck home his third goal of the season and give John Caulfield’s side an early second-half boast.
United doubled their lead in the 73rd minute with Max Hemmings scoring his first goal in maroon. The Brighton native got on the end of a Conor McCormack set piece to put daylight between the sides.
Galway United: Conor Kearns; Killian Brouder, Max Hemmings, Alex Murphy, Diego Portilla; Gary Boylan (Conor O’Keeffe, 70), David Hurley (Charlie Lyons, 85), Conor McCormack; Francely Lomboto (Edward McCarthy 23), Stephen Walsh (Jordan Adeyemo, 85), Wilson Waweru (Ronan Manning, 70).
Longford Town: Luke Dennison; Ben Lynch, Shane Elworthy, Dylan Barnett; Aaron Robinson, Eric Molloy (Joe Power, 85), Dean McMenamy, Michael McDonnell, Ryan Graydon (Cristian Magerusan, 90), Karl Chambers (Matthew O’Brien, 85); Sam Verdon.