First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Feb. 23, 2018
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Att: 1,198
TV:

Danny Furlong 13' -
Scored: 13'


Danny Furlong 33' -
Scored: 33'


Ronan Manning 59' -
Scored: 59'


Danny Furlong 80' -
Scored: 80'


Scored: 90'
- Felix Bape 90' + 3'



League Report: Galway United 4 - 1 Athlone Town

Sat, Feb 24 2018

It was a perfect start for Galway United on Friday night as they embarked don their new life in the First Division.

 

A hat-trick from Danny Furlong and a goal from Ronan Manning eased Shane Keegan’s men through the opening game of their season as they ran out 4-1 winners over Athlone Town.

 

Galway United took the lead after 15 minutes. Danny Furlong picked up where he left off and scored on his debut for his new club.

 

A scrappy situation just outside the box as Athlone failed to clear led to Furlong having the ball right in front of Nathan Murphy in the Athlone goal.

 

He expertly stroked the ball into the bottom corner, but the goal was not without its controversy as the linesman had his flag up for offside straight away, but referee David Keeler overruled his assistant despite protests from the Athlone Town players.

 

Furlong added his second with just over a half hour gone after one of Marc Ludden’s trademark long throws found him in the box.

 

The striker managed to escape his marker and, with a slew of defenders surrounding him, he created just enough space to nudge the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

 

As good as Galway looked in the final third they also showed their vulnerability at the back after a couple of mistakes in the first half almost gifted Athlone goals.

 

Early in the game, a silly mistake from Stephen Walsh gifted striker Martin Walsh a one on one chance with Galway’s Tadhg Ryan but the former Huddersfield Town player managed to snuff the shot out.

 

Later, miscommunication between Robbie Williams and Ryan led to the goalkeeper being caught in no man’s land, giving Martin Walsh another opportunity to do damage but he couldn’t find his footing and Galway got the ball away.

 

United added their third of the game on the hour mark. Marc Ludden provided the dangerous ball once again into the box, this time with his foot.

 

Danny Furlong again got on the end of it but couldn’t get clear contact and the striker gave centre back Bashmill Nyakambili the opportunity to clear.

 

The imposing defender fluffed his clearance and young Ronan Manning took advantage, blazing a pinpoint shot straight into the top corner for his first goal for the club.

 

As the game ticked into the final ten minutes Danny Furlong turned a great debut into a perfect debut when he completed his hat-trick.

 

Gary Shanahan took the ball down the right flank and dropped a great cross to the striker in the box. Furlong obliged by deftly finishing into the bottom corner.

 

As the game ticked into injury time Athlone Town got a consolation goal after some sloppy play from Galway.

 

The defence failed to close down Felix Bape outside the box and the full back blitzed a ball straight past Tadhg Ryan to send his side home with a shred of pride.

 

Galway United: Tadhg Ryan; Marc Ludden, Robbie Williams, Stephen Walsh, Gary Shanahan; Alex Byrne (Conor Barry 70), Stephen Kenny (Maurice Nugent 70), Ryan Connolly, Ronan Manning; Danny Furlong, Eoin McCormack (Carlton Ubaezunu 61).

Subs not used: Arek Mamala, Aaron Conway, Conor Layng, Alan Murphy.

Booked: None.

 

Athlone Town: Nathan Murphy; Aaron Brilly, Felix Bape, Gerard Smith, Bashmil Nyakambili; Steven Grogan (George Mukete 45), Brian Cabraley (Josh Hogan 66), Shane Stokes, Martin Walsh; Craig Short, Thaigh Keogh (Etanda Nkololo 45).

Subs not used: Shaun O’Donnell, Dan O’Donovan, Barry Davies, Darren Kavanagh.

Booked: Bashmil Nyakambili (82).

 

Referee: David Keeler

Attendance: 1,191

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Danny Furlong (Galway United).

 



Galway United
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Marc Ludden
Defender
Gary Shanahan
Defender
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Robbie Williams
Defender
Alex Byrne
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Stephen Kenny
70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
Midfielder
Ronan Manning
59Scored: 59'
Midfielder
Danny Furlong
13Scored: 13'
33Scored: 33'
80Scored: 80'
Forward
Eoin McCormack
62'
62Subbed Off: 62'
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Barry
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Forward
Aaron Conway
Defender
Conor Layng
Forward
Arek Mamala
Goalkeeper
Alan Murphy
Midfield
Maurice Nugent
70'
70Subbed On: 70'
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
62'
62Subbed On: 62'
Midfield
Athlone Town
Nathan Murphy
Goalkeeper
Ger Smyth
Defender
Craig Shortt
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Felix Bape
Defender
78Booked: 78'
90Scored: 90'
Shane Stokes
Midfielder
Bashmil Nyakambili
Midfielder
82Booked: 82'
Thaigh Keogh
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Steven Grogan
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Brian Cabraley
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Martin Walshe
Forward

Substitutes
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
Shaun O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Etanda Nkololo
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
George Mukete
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Darren Kavanagh
Unknown
Josh Hogan
Midfield
67Subbed On: 67'
67'
Barry Davies
Forward


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