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Preview | Cork City V Galway United (First Division)

“The most important thing for us is to put in a performance and then look forward to the playoffs” – John Caulfield, Manager

Galway United face Cork City at Turner’s Cross this Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm.

United play their last First Division league game against Cork City this week before the playoffs begin next Wednesday. The Tribesmen go into the fixture in good form after winning their last four fixtures in a row. A late Wilson Waweru goal was enough to earn United a 1-0 victory over Bray Wanderers at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday which secured a second-place finish on the First Division table.

This week’s opposition, Cork City, are currently seventh on the table and remain the only team that United have yet to defeat in this campaign, having drawn and lost on both occasions. Colin Healy’s side were defeated 1-0 by UCD last time out after the league’s top goalscorer Colm Whelan netted the winner for the students from the penalty spot. Tickets are available for this week’s game here.

United manager John Caulfield will be without several players through suspension for the Cork game but is eager for the players coming in to make an impact ahead of the playoffs.

“It is a perfect opportunity to make a few changes for our game in Cork. It is Cork’s last home game and they will want to put in a performance.

“Ultimately, it is about making sure everyone is fit for next Wednesday. The most important thing for us is to put in a performance and then look forward to the playoffs. Hopefully a number of players will give a performance to put them in contention for next Wednesday.

“It is nice to have the game as we have a number of lads that deserve to get game time so we will do that. The main thing is that we are ready for the playoffs next Wednesday.”

John Caulfield is sponsored by McGinn’s Hophouse, Woodquay, Galway.

Lisa Fallon added: “Our focus is on the playoffs and getting the team ready for that. You prepare for your next game; it is important to keep the momentum going.

“You have to stick to the process, to be patient with the players, help them and keep nurtuting the standards we want to play at.”

Lisa Fallon is sponsored by Western Management Centre, Galway.

Galway United 2021 Squad

Conor Kearns, Luke Dennison, Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh, Gary Boylan, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Christopher Horgan, Alex Murphy, Joe Gorman, Dean O’Shea, David Hurley, Shane Doherty, Mikie Rowe, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Caoilfhionn O’Dea, Mikey Place, Conor McCormack, Ronan Manning, Ruairi Keating, Padraic Cunningham, Wilson Waweru, Francely Lomboto, Colin Kelly.

Team News

Francely Lomboto and Ronan Manning remain out of action due to injuries.

Killian Brouder and Mikie Rowe will also miss this week’s fixture through injury.

Gary Boylan, Ruairi Keating and Stephen Walsh are suspended for this week’s game while Maurice Nugent returns from suspension.


Galway United Goalscorers

Ruairi Keating – 9

Wilson Waweru – 8

Padraic Cunningham – 5

Killian Brouder – 3

Shane Doherty – 3

Mikie Rowe – 2

David Hurley – 2

Maurice Nugent – 1

Stephen Walsh – 1


Cork City V Galway United

Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm

Referee: Robert Dowling

Assistant 1: Rafal Pieper

Assistant 2: Eoin Harte

Fourth Official: David Keeler


Last Meeting (First Division)

6 Aug 2021 | Galway United 2-3 Cork City

Galway United Goalscorers: Wilson Waweru, Killian Brouder

Cork City Goalscorers: Dylan McGlade, Darragh Crowley, Sean Kennedy


The game will be live-streamed on the new LOITV platform. For all those supporters with Season Passes, LOITV will issue a new voucher code, which you must redeem at the new site. You must go through the registration process again before you can redeem the code. Click on First Division Pass where you will find Add Voucher and you can enter your code to access the pass. Non-pass holders can purchase a game pass for €5.