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Preview | Cork City V Galway United (First Division)

“There isn’t much between all of the teams and the most important thing is to stay in the pack towards the top of the table.” – John Caulfield, Manager

Galway United travel to Turner’s Cross on Friday to face Cork City at 7.45pm.

United go into this week’s fixture after a positive result against Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday. David Hurley scored a 95th minute winner to secure all three points for the Tribesmen, who are currently 5th on the First Division table.

Cork City, who were relegated from the Premier Division last season, have started their First Division campaign with two victories, two draws and four defeats. Colin Healy’s side drew 0-0 with UCD in their most recent game at the UCD Bowl and currently sit in 8th place on the league table.

United manager John Caulfield, who brought Premier Division and FAI Cup success to Cork City during his tenure at the club, is expecting a difficult game at Turner’s Cross on Friday evening.

“Every week is a new challenge, Cork is a huge club and it is another fascinating game to look forward to,” Caulfield told the club’s media team.

“We got three points last week and three points are on offer again this week. It is a very competitive league and you can see that by the results every week.

“The game is never over until the final whistle and that was seen in last week’s match against Wexford. We have got a number of late goals which has been very pleasing, there is a great attitude and team spirit within the group.

“Cork have turned around their form and have had three very good results. They are strong defensively and as I always say, we need to perform to our best to get results.

“There isn’t much between all of the teams and the most important thing is to stay in the pack towards the top of the table. I am not surprised with any results in this division and I have no doubt that a lot of the teams are going to get better and stronger as the season goes on.

“My total focus is making sure Galway are up near the top of the table come the tail end of the campaign; we have to play to our best to get a result on Friday night.”

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

Galway United 2021 Squad

Kevin Horgan, Conor Kearns, Michael Garrihy, Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh, Gary Boylan, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Christopher Horgan, Shane Duggan, David Hurley, Shane Doherty, Stephen Christopher, 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 will be out of action for the foreseeable future due to long-term injuries.

Conor O’Keeffe and Shane Doherty have returned to training and could make a return to the squad after being absent through injury.


Galway United Goalscorers

Ruairi Keating – 4

Padraic Cunningham – 2

Wilson Waweru – 2

David Hurley – 1


Cork City v Galway United

Turner’s Cross, 7.45pm

Referee: Alan Carey

Assistant 1: Eoin Harte

Assistant 2: David Connolly

Fourth Official: David Keeler


Last Meeting (FAI Cup)

23 August 2019 | Galway United 1-0 Cork City

Goalscorer: Conor Melody


The game will be live-streamed on LOI TV. Season ticket holders receive a free pass for all 135 League of Ireland games and have been emailed their unique access code for Friday’s match. Non-season ticket holders can purchase the game for €5 OR purchase a season subscription for €79.