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Preview | UCD V Galway United (First Division)

“The team has gelled a lot better in the last couple of games and we have looked much more solid which is good.” – John Caulfield, Manager

Galway United travel to the UCD Bowl on Friday to face UCD at 7.45pm.

United, who have won three games on the bounce, will go into this week’s fixture aiming to continue their good run of form against a strong UCD outfit. The Tribesmen defeated Treaty United 1-0 at the Markets Field last Friday thanks to a Padraic Cunningham header early on in the second half to earn the three points.

This week’s opposition, UCD, have been impressive throughout the campaign, in particular the league’s joint-top goalscorer Colm Whelan who has ten goals this season. The students overcame Cabinteely 2-1 at Stradbrook last week which leaves Andrew Myler’s side in second place on the First Division table, level on points with Treaty United and Galway United in third and fourth position.

United manager John Caulfield is keen for his team to build on their momentum at the UCD Bowl this Friday.

“UCD are another top team so we will have to be at our best to beat them,” Caulfield told the club’s media team.

“We have won three games in a row now as well as keeping two clean sheets. The team has gelled a lot better in the last couple of games and we have looked much more solid which is good.

“You need momentum. Winning games can become a habit, the same as losing games. The next game is the most important game, it is the game that matters.

“There is still a long way to go, this league can be ruthless so you have to take it game by game. All we can do is look after ourselves. When we go to UCD we will need to be on our best form to have any chance of getting a result.”

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

Galway United 2021 Squad

Conor Kearns, Michael Garrihy, Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh, Gary Boylan, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Christopher Horgan, Alex Murphy, 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 remain unavailable due to long-term injuries.


Galway United Goalscorers

Ruairi Keating – 5

Padraic Cunningham – 3

Wilson Waweru – 3

David Hurley – 1

Maurice Nugent – 1


UCD V Galway United

UCD Bowl, 7.45pm

Referee: David Keeler

Assistant 1: Darren Carey

Assistant 2: Conor Fitzgibbon

Fourth Official: Robert Dowling


Last Meeting (First Division)

23 Apr 2021 | Galway United 2-2 UCD

Galway United Goalscorers: Ruairi Keating, Padraic Cunningham

UCD Goalscorers: Colm Whelan, Harvey O’Brien


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 First Division pass for €49 or purchase a game pass for €5.