Galway United

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    Galway United have announced that Alan Murphy has signed a contract extension with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

     

    Over the last two seasons, Murphy has guided United's under-17 team to the semi-final stage of the league play-offs and the midfielder wrote his name into the club's history books when he became United's record league goalscorer when he scored his 75th league goal for the Tribesmen against Cobh Ramblers in April.

     

    Murphy's impressive work at youth level at Eamonn Deacy Park lead to his first position in senior management when he took over from Shane Keegan in July.

     

    With United experiencing a disappointing league campaign, Murphy introduced a number of the club's most promising academy players at the tail end of the season and the Ballinrobe man is looking forward to shaping a United team of his own ahead of the 2019 season.

  • Galway United has announced the appointment of Colin Fortune as assistant manager.

    Colin is an experienced League of Ireland coach and former player.

    The Athlone native has managed his hometown club and was also in charge of academy sides at Athlone Town Stadium.

    Fortune enjoyed a lengthy playing career in the League of Ireland, making the move to Galway United from Athlone Town in 2001, and says it's great to back with Galway in a professional capacity as Alan Murphy's assistant.

     

  • In the SSE Airtricity League, Sligo Rovers will look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Derry City when they host Bohemians tonight, in the Showgrounds, at eight o’clock.

    Currently sixth in the top flight, the clash with Bohs has been set us as a season defining match for Liam Buckley’s side.

    There’s a question over the fitness of Ronan Murray and Johnny Dunleavy for the home side, while Niall Morahan returns from international duty and new signing Niall Watson has also received clearance. 

    In the First Division, Galway United travel to Longford town at half past seven.

    Despite being facing relegation, Galway drew against promotion-chasing Bray Wanderers last Friday 2-2.

    Alan Murphy's coming side will look to make a big push to carry into next season, as their under 17s and 19s consolidate places.

  • Galway United have confirmed that Donal Higgins has signed a new contract with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The  17-year-old midfielder joined United's under-17 team two seasons ago and he excelled under Alan Murphy's watch.

    Higgins captained United's under-17's to the semi-final of the league last season and was a key figure, contributing an impressive 12 goal haul from midfield.

    Like teammate Colin Kelly, Higgins also helped Connacht Schools to win the Interprovincial title in November.

    United manager Alan Murphy gave Higgins his senior debut at 16 against Finn Harps last season and he would go on to make two further appearances against Wexford and Shelbourne.

    Murphy says Donal is a talented player that has an exciting future in the game.

     

     

     

  • The draw for the first round of the FAI Cup was revealed yesterday as Galway United takes on Collinstown while Sligo rovers face Glebe North in round one of the FAI Cup.

    The two Western sides will both face Dublin opposition in the first round of the competition.

    Galway United face the South Dublin Collinstown side in the first round of the FAI Cup, while Sligo Rovers do battle with Balbriggan side, Glebe North.

    Matches will be played on the weekend of the 11th of August.

  • All dates, kick-off times and locations have now been confirmed for the first round of the Extra.ie FAI Cup first round which will take place across Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th.

    Friday, August 9th

    Glebe North v Sligo Rovers, Market Green, Balbriggan 7.45pm

     

    Sunday, August 11th

    Collinstown v Galway United, Home Farm FC, Whitehall, 2pm

  • The FAI Cup quarter final draw reveals the opponents for Sligo Rovers and Galway United.

    Galway host Shamrock Rovers at home while UCD face off against Sligo Rovers.

    All the big teams will not face each other until the semi finals should they get past their quarter-final opponents.

    The FAI Cup quarter final draw is

    Galway United v Shamrock Rovers

    Sligo Rovers v UCD

    Waterford v Dundalk

    Crumlin v Bohemians

  • In the FAI Cup second round Sligo Rover will face Limerick, while Galway United do battle with Cork City

     

    Holders Dundalk will travel to Derry City as they look to do the double.

     

    All fixtures will be played on Sunday, August 25 with dates and kick-off times set to be confirmed at a later date.

     

  • Cork City have signed goalkeeper Tadhg Ryan.

    The former Galway United stopper will likely serve as Mark McNulty's understudy, following the departure of Peter Cherrie from the club.

  • Middle-eastern investment in the League Of Ireland appears only weeks away as Galway United close in on an audacious Saudi Arabian takeover, in what is being billed as one of the most significant developments ever in Irish football.

    RTÉ Sport are today reporting that the FAI supports the intended takeover of the First Division club, which became fully fan-owned last season. 

    Subject to members' acceptance in a vote on Monday week, United will cede majority control to the investors who have experience in running and managing football clubs. 

    They plan to invest in youth development and have ambitions to qualify for European Competitions. 

  • Galway United has confirmed three contract signings for 2019.

    Mark Hannon has joined Galway Utd from Finn Harps.

    The 20-year old central midfielder began his career with Sligo Rovers, and has become United's first new signing for 2019.

    Stephen Walsh has re-signed with United for his 7th season at Eamonn deacy Park.

    The 28-year old centre-back has made 175 appearances for United over the course of 6 seasons with the club, scoring 8 goals.

    And 16-year old Limerick native Dara Costello has signed a new contract with the club.

    He joined United's under-15 squad two seasons ago and has risen through the ranks, progressing to United's U17 team, where he continued to shine.

    He will be training with the senior squad next season.

  • Galway United has confirmed that Marc Ludden has signed a new contract with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The experienced 28-year old full-back made 27 appearances for United last year, scoring twice for the Tribesmen.

    His new deal takes him into his 6th season at Eamonn Deacy Park.

     

  • Galway United played out a 2-2 draw with Bray in Eamonn Deacy Park last night.

    The draw leaves United at second from the bottom in Division One of the league ahead of Wexford FC.

    United will now make the journey to Strokestown road to take on Longford Town next Saturday.

  • Galway United receives cash injection from Comer brothers to start planning a €20m football academy near Athenry.

    The 40-acre site at Mountain South, will be one of the biggest football projects in the state.

    €The Comer brothers from Glenamaddy, Brian and Luke, purchased the site for less than €1m from the GAA last year with the intention of building a state-of-the-art complex, including six pitches and 30 apartments for staff and players.

    It is understood the Government and UEFA are looking favorably on financially assisting the venture

    They have been the main sponsors of Galway since 2013, pumping around €2m since into the running of the club.

    Both brothers were at Eamonn Deacy Park to confirm the latest extension of their partnership.

     

  • Derry City host Dundalk in the pick of the ties in this evening's FAI Cup second round. 

    Elsewhere, there's a Dublin derby as UCD host St. Pat's while Cork are on the road to face Galway United.

    Bohemians welcome Longford to Dalymount and Shamrock Rovers entertain Drogheda at Tallaght Stadium.

  • Galway United meet Shamrock Rovers in an FAI Cup quarter final at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening.

     

    The games kicks off at 7.45 and a big home support will give a huge boost to Alan Murphy’s side.

  • In the League of Ireland First Division Galway United will face Cobh Ramblers on Friday evening.

     

    United are in desperate need of points as they currently sit in eight position in the league and will have all to play for against seventh placed Cobh.

     

    They will need to refocus quickly from their devastating FAI Cup clash with Shamrock Rovers which saw the premier side break the deadlock in the 93rd minute.

     

    Kickoff in Eamon Deacy Park on Friday is at 7:45.

     

  • Galway United midfielder Donal Higgins won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland under-19 team yesterday.
     
     
    The U19's lost 2-0 against Denmark at the Showgrounds in Sligo.
     
    Donal came on as a second half substitute and impressed for Tom Mohan's side.
  • Galway United announce the signing of Stephen Christopher.

    The 23-year-old midfielder joins the club from Cobh Ramblers, where he made over 100 appearances.

    Christopher has spent the past five seasons with Cobh Ramblers, where he helped the club reach the EA SPORTS Cup Final in 2018 and a second place league finish in the First Division in 2017.

    The Cork native has agreed a deal at Eamonn Deacy Park until the end of the 2019 season and will wear the number 22 jersey.

    The versatile midfielder goes straight into United's squad for the Drogheda game at Eamonn Deacy Park tonight at 7:45.

    Galway United also confirmed that James Tierney and Jeff McGowan have both left the club.

  • Galway United FC members have voted in favour of a motion to accept an offer from investors in Saudi Arabia to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    At present, Galway United is owned entirely by the Galway United Friends Co-Operative. 

    The takeover was approved by members who met last night to discuss the offer. 

    The meeting took place just hours after United parted company with manager Shane Keegan.

    The move is expected to see Galway receive a significant financial boost, with the club currently sixth in the First Division, 12 points behind leaders UCD.

    The proposed takeover has been discussed with the FAI.