Soccer

  • Galway United have announced the signing of Alberto Cabanyes, subject to international clearance.

    The 26-year-old attacker played his academy football with Atletico Madrid and CD Leganes in Spain.

    The Madrid native will provide the Tribesmen with further attacking options in the final third of the pitch with his pace, power and dribbling skills.

    Galway United manager Alan Murphy says he's excited about what Cabanyes can achieve in his first season in the League of Ireland.

     

     

  • 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 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.

     

  • Galway United have announced the signing of Joe Collins.

    The 25-year old central midfielder from Ennis joins the club from Galway District League Premier Division side West United.

    Galway United manager Alan Murphy, who played alongside the midfielder at West United, feels Collins can add to United's squad for the forthcoming season.

     

     

  • Galway United have added their voice to calls for clarity on the financial assistance that will be required to aid a return to League  of Ireland action.

    Clubs are expected to find out tomorrow whether enough revenue can be sourced to cover the costs of a resumption of play.

    With all games set to be played behind closed doors, the loss of gate receipts will see all sides lose the majority of income.

    In a statement issued to Midwest Sport, Galway United say they're keen to return to training and playing football as soon as is practical, and in a safe environment.

    The statement says "Galway United - like all other League of Ireland clubs - need clarity on the financial support that will be provided to enable a successful and sustainable return to football. That clarification is expected from the FAI later this week.

    Once we have all this information, we can take some time to discuss with all League of Ireland clubs and the FAI how to make the return to football work - both safely and financially".

  • Galway’s Aaron Connolly and Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams have been called into Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad for the EURO 2020 games against Georgia and Switzerland.

    The former Mervue United man scored twice for Brighton in their 3-0 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur and is promoted from Stephen Kenny’s Under-21 squad after a hamstring injury ruled out Portsmouth’s Ronan Curtis.

    Williams gets his first call up from McCarthy after his Blackburn team-mates Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan suffered knee injuries in the defeat at QPR.

    The Ireland squad meet up at the team hotel on Sunday with training commencing at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday ahead of Thursday’s departure to Tbilisi.

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    Ger Lyttle has departed as Sligo Rovers manager.

    The club have opted not to renew his contract, and will install an interim boss for their final three games of the season.

    Sligo are 8th with three games remaining of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, but have avoided the relegation playoff.

     

     

  • Bank of Ireland FAI Schools National Senior B Cup Final 
    Grennan College, Thomastown 3-1 St Brendan's College Belmullet 

  • Former Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has emerged as a shock contender to take over at Galway United.

    McGuinness led Donegal to the 2012 All-Ireland title, and is looking for a manager's job in soccer having completed his Uefa A licence.

    He's now believed to be in the frame for a role at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway.

    Shane Keegan left Galway United by mutual consent during the mid-season break, after the club failed to mount a serious promotion challenge following relegation last year.

    The news comes on the back of a proposed takeover of the Galway club by two Saudi Arabian businessmen.

     

  • John Russell, manager of the Westport United Super League team, has been appointed the Assistant Manager of Sligo Rovers for the forthcoming season.

    John will be taking up his new post in January as number two to Liam Buckley.

    Chairman of Westport United Myles Staunton has thanked Mr Russell for his commitment to the club, and wished him well in his new role with Sligo Rovers.

     

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    The Mayo Football League has announced the monthly award winners for March / April.

    Team of the Month award goes to Killala, while Danny O'Leary of Manulla was named Manager of the Month.

    Footballer of the Month awards went to Darren Browne of Westport Utd in the Super League,

    Daniel Gorman of Ballina Town B in the Premier League,

    the League One award goes to Danny Gallagher, Killala

    and the League Two footballer of the month was Luke Ruane of Moy Villa.

     

     

     

  • Due to the involvement of the Mayo U18's in the Inter League final against Cork on Sunday next 22nd April at 2.30pm in Solar 21 Park, the Mayo League has announced that they  have decided to change all matches on Sunday to 11.00am.

     This change will give everyone the opportunity to attend the final in the afternoon.

     

     

     

  • Team of The Month Sponsored by Hastings

    The award for Team of the Month for September /October goes to double winners Ballina Town. Ballina completed their Super League season by winning all three league games in September and then went on to win the Connacht Gold Super Cup on the last weekend of October with a 4-0 win over Castlebar Celtic.

    Manager Of the Month

    The manager of the Month Award for September/October is Ballyhaunis Town manager Tommy Page. Tommy has led his team to promotion to the Super League with a brilliant end to the season where they picked up 10 points from 12 in their final four league games including a 5-0 win over Premier League winners Snugboro United. He also led his side to another cup success as they won the Connacht Gold Premier Cup for the second time in four years as they again got the better of Snugboro with a penalty shoot-out win in Solar 21 Park.

    Players of the month sponsored by The Sheepwalk Bar in Swinford

    The Elverys Sports Super League player of the month for September/October is David Cameron from Westport United. David has once again been key to Westport’s form at the end of the season where they secured the all important second place spot in the Super League and made it through to Round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup.

    The player of the Month in the CastleCourt Hotel Premier League goes to Jason Farrell from Conn Rangers. The youngster was in fine goalscoring form as his side are on a seven game unbeaten run. He has scored 10 goals in that period as Conn Rangers moved away from the relegation zone and progressed through two rounds in both the Connacht Cup and FAI Junior Cup .

    Young Player of the Month Sponsored by Oliver Kelleher

    Our Young Player of The Month for September/October is Oliver Feeney from Ballina Town. Oliver broke into the side during the season and was a key player in the past two months as his side completed the Super League and Connacht Gold Super Cup double.

  • The Mayo League narrowly lost out to Finn Harps in the opening round of the EA Cup last night.

    It finished 4-3 to the home side but Mayo came very close to pushing the game to extra time.

    Finn Harps led 2-0 at half time, thanks to first half goals from Manulla native Jesse Devers and Michael O’Connor.

    They were 4-0 up after 56 minutes after early second half goals from Lee Toland and John O’Flynn, but Brendan Lavelle pulled one back for Mayo three minutes later.

    They added a second in the 71st minute from Sean Morrissey and Brendan Lavelle added another goal in the 82nd minute.

     However, despite great pressure play, the elusive fourth goal didn’t arrive.

     

  • FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2018 - Round 2

    Straide & Foxford Utd 5-2 Achill Rovers

     

    T.P. Brennan Connacht Cup - Preliminary Round

    Cois Fharraige 1-0 Fahy Rovers

    Ballina Town B 2-0 St. Patricks

    Cartron Utd 3-0 Ballyvary Blue Bombers

    Partry Athletic 7-4 Castlerea Celtic B

    Killala 6-1 Gurteen Celtic

    Conn Rangers 2-1 St. Cuan's Utd

    Maree/Oranmore B 4-2 Ballyglass B

    Snugboro 2-0 Hollister

    Knocknacarra 3-2 Crossmolina

     

    Castlecourt Hotel Premier League - Round 15 

    Bangor Hibs 3-0 Glenhest Rovers

  • This Friday will see 68 of the top players in Irish schools line out for the FAI Schools Under-15 Girls' Interprovincial Tournament.

    A number of Mayo players are involved for Connacht, including Amy Mahon of St Joseph's Community College, Charlestown,

    Alison Long & Sarah Costello of St Patrick's College, Lacken Cross,

    and Sorcha McCarney of the Sacred Heart school in Westport.

    The matches will be played over the course of this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    The interprovincial series will be the first step in the process of selecting the FAI Schools International Development Squad of 18 players who will compete in the Bob Docherty Cup.

     

     

     

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    Galway United has confirmed the double signing of Jeff McGowan and Andrew Peters.

    The duo are the latest additions to Alan Murphy's squad for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division season.

    20-year old Jeff McGowan signs from Limerick, having previously played for Barnsley.

    Andrew Peters from Ballindine joins Galway Utd from Mayo Super League side Claremorris AFC.

     

     

     

  • The proceeds of Kiltimagh Knock Soccer Club 50/50 draw this Sunday night ( 31st May) will go to Pieta House.

    A Ticket link is available on the club Facebook page or in local outlets in Knock and Kiltimagh .

    All support would be much appreciated.

     

  • The Republic of Ireland Under-15 team  have won the UEFA Development Tournament in Mayo, after an emphatic 8-0 victory over Luxembourg in Ballina today.

    Ireland won the competition with a 100% record, scoring 15 goals in the process and conceding just once.

    Caden McLoughlin scored a hat-trick, with Adam Murphy, Kevin Zefi, Gideon Tetteh, Adam Nugent and Sam Curtis all netting for Ireland.

    The Republic of Ireland side had already defeated Latvia by 3-1 in Castlebar last Thursday, and won 4-0 against the Faroe Islands in Westport on Saturday.

    The Under-15 team return to action in November with a double-header against Poland in Galway.