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North End United Match Preview

Galway United will look to continue their excellent form in cup competitions on Friday night when they host Wexford side North End United at Eamonn Deacy Park in the second round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. Kick-off: 7.45pm.

United have already booked their place in the semi-final of the EA SPORTS Cup and Tommy Dunne is determined for his players to bounce back from a disappointing reversal at the hands of Drogheda United at United Park on Friday evening.

The Tribesmen’s hectic schedule caught up with them in the north-east but Dunne is demanding a response against the Sky Blues at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

“For me, the FAI Cup is the big cup competition,” Dunne said.

“We want to try to do as well as we possibly can. Still, we know that we will be up against it. We are facing a team that are coming towards the end of their season and they have been very strong team within their League.

“There is no doubt that North End will be a strong outfit. We have to make sure we are ready for the game so we are ready for them. Gary Dempsey is an experienced player, who will do a job for them in midfield, and they have a useful winger in Adam Beary. He can cause team problems.

“From our point of view, we are looking to put out the best and strongest team we have on any given day. There might be changes, but overall we will be putting out what we feel is our strongest team for this game. As regards everybody being fresh and right, I don’t think there will be an issue there. We want to progress to the last 16.”

Kevin Garcia (knee) is ruled out of the North End game, but he expected to return to action next week.

Andy O’Connell (ankle) is facing an extended period on the sideline recovering.