Prem
Date: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2011
Venue: Terryland Park
Att: 930

Mikey Gilmore 33' -
Scored: 33'


Eric Browne 46' -
Scored: 46'


Scored: 16'
- Ronan Finn 16'

Scored: 51'
- Craig Sives 51'

Scored: 57'
- Ciarán Kilduff 57'


Galway United -v- Shamrock Rovers

Sun, Aug 21 2011
Galway United have the unenviable task of trying to end a twenty game losing streak against reigning league champions Shamrock Rovers on Sunday night as the teams meet in the Airtricity Premier Division at Terryland Park. (Kick off, 6.30pm)

Last weekend’s 4-0 reverse away to Bray Wanderers marked their 23rd league defeat of the season and their 20th in succession, a record that will do little to dampen the optimism of the travelling Shamrock Rovers fans. With just one victory to their name this year, in league or cups, Sean Connor’s men will be looking to pull off the kind of shock result that has the bookies offering 25/1 for anyone brave enough to back such an event.

The Galway boss will be without long term injury victims Sean Kelly and Johnny Keane and will also have to plan without Ronan Cauldwell and Laurence Gaughan who miss out due to work commitments and suspension respectively. The club have also released Enda Curran and David Cullen. The one bit of good news for the Tribesmen is that Bobby Ryan is fit and available.

Despite all the problems, Sean Connor sees the fixture in a positive light, telling the Galway United website, "To be honest with you, I'm really looking forward to it. It's always nice to play the big teams, it's good for the players and it's good for the club.

Connors’ opposite number, Michael O’Neill, travels west without Ken Oman who suffered a knee injury in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier away to FC Copenhagen. Dan Murray will continue in his place alongside Craig Sives, while Conor McCormack is rated highly unlikely to take part following a knock he picked up in last Thursdays 1-1 draw with Partizan Belgrade.

Rovers enter this tie in rude health, having given a good account of themselves in the Europa League against Partizan, though Galway fans will be hoping that the Hoops will suffer a bout of ‘Euro distraction’ in advance of the second leg which will take place in Belgrade next week.

Sadly for the home side, Rovers don’t seem to do distraction, having picked up three wins and kept three clean sheets since their European adventure began back in early July. These results include a 1-0 win over Bohemians in the Dublin derby and a comprehensive 6-0 dismissal of UCD.

“Our form in the league has been very good lately.” said O’Neill. “We’ve won three games on the bounce, scoring eight goals and playing some very good football. And we’ll be looking to continue that on Sunday, and get the win and another three points. If we get the win we will have taken 19 points form this quarter, and that’s the position we want to be in come Sunday night. We have a chance to go clear at the top, still with a game in hand, and we will be looking to take that chance.”

The feeling is that Galway’s run of defeats has to end at some point but, all things considered, it is highly unlikely to happen this weekend.

Galway United
Injured: Sean Kelly (knee), Johnny Keane (knee).
Unavailable: Ronan Cauldwell.
Doubtful: None.
Suspended: Laurence Gaughan.

Shamrock Rovers
Injured: Ken Oman (knee).
Doubtful: Conor McCormack (knee).
Suspended: Pat Flynn.

Referee: Alan Kelly.
Paddy Power Odds: Galway 25/1; Draw 8/1; Rovers 1/14.
Extratime prediction: Rovers to canter home 3-0.


Galway United (defunct)
Conor Winn
Goalkeeper
Stephen Walsh
Defender
Paul Sinnott
Defender
Evan Preston Kelly
Defender
Eric Browne
46Scored: 46'
Defender
Yob Son
Midfielder
Alan Murphy
Midfielder
Jin Gu Kim
Midfielder
Gary Kelly
Midfielder
Eric Holland
Midfielder
Victor Collins
Forward

Substitutes
Oscar Sibanda
Midfield
Bobby Ryan
Midfield
Sean Kelly
Midfield
Mikey Gilmore
33Scored: 33'
63Booked: 63'
Forward
John Egan
Goalkeeper
Eduardo Dusi
Defender
Ger Cheevers
Midfield
Shamrock Rovers
Ryan Thompson
Goalkeeper
Pat Sullivan
Defender
Enda Stevens
Defender
Craig Sives
Defender
51Scored: 51'
Dan Murray
Defender
Chris Turner
Midfielder
Karl Sheppard
Midfielder
Karl Moore
Midfielder
Ronan Finn
Midfielder
16Scored: 16'
Gary O'Neill
Forward
Ciarán Kilduff
Forward
57Scored: 57'

Substitutes
Stephen Rice
Midfield
Stephen O'Donnell
Midfield
Gary McCabe
Midfield
Sean Gannon
Defender
Billy Dennehy
Midfield
Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
Gary Twigg
Forward