Galway United come up against title rivals Cork City in a crucial First Division fixture on Friday evening at Eamonn Deacy Park. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
United have started the League of Ireland season impressively, winning 12 out of their opening 15 fixtures. John Caulfield’s side currently sit on top of the table going into their clash against Cork City - a side that the Tribesmen defeated 1-0 away from home on the opening day of the season.
United continued their fine First Division form last Friday when they overcame Athlone Town 3-0 at Terryland to make it seven wins on the bounce for the Tribesmen. The highly talented Alex Murphy opened the scoring in the second period before midfield maestro David Hurley added a second from the penalty spot with ten minutes to go. Ronan Manning bagged United’s third goal with a fine finish in a superb second half performance on Corribside, which put United two points clear of Cork City after Colin Healy’s outfit drew 1-1 with Wexford FC at Turner’s Cross.
There is plenty of positivity amongst the United faithful as supporters firmly believe this can be the year that the club can gain promotion to the Premier Division.
The clinical Stephen Walsh, who has scored eight goals to date this campaign, has been a constant menace for defences while Spaniard Diego Portilla has been assured at the back beside the ever-reliable Killian Brouder. Captain Conor McCormack has played a leader’s role in midfield alongside Hurley with his wand of a left foot.
Caulfield can be proud of his players so far this season, and the former Cork manager will look for his team to be primed for battle on Friday night against a strong City side.
“It was pleasing to get the 3-0 win against Athlone, these games can be difficult as there is never an easy game in this division - every match is a challenge and you have to be mentally prepared for it,” Caulfield said after his side’s victory last Friday.
“We move onto the last game before the break which is Cork. We are hoping to have a bumper crowd at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday.
“We want people to keep coming out to support this team because we want to have great days here with Galway United. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the club so hopefully we will have a huge crowd for the Cork game and the supporters will get behind the lads. It will be a great game.”
If United can overcome Cork this week, It will be a new club record of eight victories in a row! Tickets for the fixture can be purchased on www.galwayunitedfc.ie
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