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Date: 7:45 p.m. March 4, 2011
Venue: Terryland Park
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Att: 1,512
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Scored: 47'
- Anto Murphy 47'

Scored: 49'
- David McMillan 49'

Scored: 89'
- Derek Pender 89'



Galway United -v- St. Patrick's Athletic

Thu, Mar 03 2011
Galway United enter the opening weekend of league action in a state of considerable unreadiness following their last minute reprieve at the hands of the club licensing committee. They face Pete Mahon’s St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night who, in contrast to the 'Tribesmen', already have two Setanta Cup matches under their belts. (Kick off 7.45pm)

Galway manager Sean Connor has found it extremely difficult to put a squad together for the new season. Uncertainty over their league status added to severe financial restrictions have led to the loss of many key players.

Goalkeeper Barry Ryan has gone to Limerick while Stephen O’Donnell and Karl Sheppard have both been snapped up by Shamrock Rovers. Defender (and emergency ‘keeper) Rhys Meynell is at Stalybrige Celtic and won’t be returning until the summer at least while Seamus Conneelly is now at Sheffield United.

The arrival of Karl Moore, Enda Curran and Shaun Kelly go some way to redressing the balance while the return of Alan Murphy from long term injury is as good as new signing. Connor also succeeded in signing five players on Thursday, adding ‘keeper Greg Fleming along with Shaun Maher, Bobby Ryan, Sean Kelly and Brian Cash.

Pats, meanwhile, approach the game without three suspended players and two further injury doubts. Striker Danny North is one of the suspended trio which will leave Pete Mahon short up front unless new striker Ian Ryan receives his international clearance in time for kick off.

Ian Bermingham, who missed the Setanta Cup match on Tuesday, is not expected to recover from illness although Daryl Kavanagh trained on Wednesday night and may make the game.

Mahon will know that his side are favourites to take the points on Friday but he will also be wary of underestimating Sean Connor’s competitive instincts. But even Connor will do well to inspire cohesion in a group of players, many of whom will not have played together before kick off.



Galway United
Injured: None.
Doubtful: Enda Curran, Steve Feeney.
Suspended: Paul Sinnott.

St Patrick’s Athletic
Injured: Ian Bermingham (illness).
Doubtful: Daryl Kavanagh, Ian Daly (international clearance).
Suspended: Danny North, Stephen Bradley, Paul Crowley.

Referee: Padraig Sutton.

Paddy Power odds: Galway United 7/2; Draw 5/2; St Patrick’s Ath 8/11.

Extratime prediction: An away win for Pats, 1-0.



Galway United (defunct)
Greg Fleming
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
67Booked: 67'
Defender
Shaun Maher
Defender
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Steve Feeney
Defender
Bobby Ryan
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Sean Kelly
Midfielder
Gary Curran
91Booked: 91'
Midfielder
Joseph Yoffe
Forward
Neal Keane
27Booked: 27'
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Paul Smith
Forward
Gary Kelly
Midfield
Rory Gartlan
Defender
Eduardo Dusi
Defender
Enda Curran
82Booked: 82'
Forward
Brian Cash
Midfield
St. Patrick's Athletic
Gary Rogers
Goalkeeper
Brian Shortall
Defender
Derek Pender
Defender
89Scored: 89'
Evan McMillan
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
83Booked: 83'
Anto Murphy
Midfielder
47Scored: 47'
Dave Mulcahy
Midfielder
Shane McFaul
Midfielder
Derek Doyle
Midfielder
David McMillan
Forward
49Scored: 49'
Daryl Kavanagh
Forward

Substitutes
James O'Brien
Midfield
Jordan Keegan
Midfield
Neil Harney
Defender
Ian Daly
Forward
Ian Bermingham
Defender
80Booked: 80'
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Sean Stewart
Forward


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