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Galway United vs Athlone Town

Eamonn Deacy Park

Friday, June 11th. Kick-off: 7.45pm

Galway United return to First Division action after the mid-season break to face Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday with kick-off at 7.45pm.

The club received the welcome news that 100 supporters will be allowed to attend Friday’s game against Athlone Town at Eamonn Deacy Park. The attendees will be picked at random from season ticket holders using a lotto system. Make sure to check your emails for further details and updates regarding the game.

The club are also aiming to virtually sell out the game in co-operation with Galway United Co-Op and 14 local charities. For more details and tickets follow this link: http://gufc-coop.com/unitedinspirit/.

The Tribesmen face Athlone following a 4-0 away defeat by Shelbourne two weeks ago. United currently sit in seventh place on the First Division table and are two points off a play-off position going into this week’s fixture.

Athlone Town are currently three points ahead of United going into the game and sit in third position on the table. Adrian Carberry’s outfit were defeated 3-2 at home by UCD before the break with the away side grabbing a late winner in the 92nd-minute after both teams were down to ten men.

United manager John Caulfield told the club’s media team: “After the first third of the season during the break we were simply hoping to recharge the batteries. When you get the break I think it is good for everyone to recharge, to reflect on where we are at.

“Once you get that rest you start to look ahead and we are excited about this evening’s game. Some of our injury situations have cleared up which is another positive for us.

“We had a lot of new players coming in for this campaign. You could argue there were a number of games we were unlucky in, but at the same time you make your own luck. Ultimately after the first ten matches we are mid-table and we need to be in a higher position than that.

One great thing is that we will have some supporters back at Eamonn Deacy Park which is a real boost. I have been up here since last August; we got a run to the play/offs, we had a couple of games where we had 200. Thankfully we will have 100 back, hopefully it is the start of it over the next number of months, that we will get crowds back. I’d love to be walking into Terryland with no restrictions; that you could have a couple of thousand people at a match.”

Galway United 2021 Squad

Kevin Horgan, Conor Kearns, Michael Garrihy, Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh, Gary Boylan, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Christopher Horgan, Shane Duggan, David Hurley, Shane Doherty, Stephen Christopher, Mikie Rowe, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Caoilfhionn O’Dea, Mikey Place, Conor McCormack, Ronan Manning, Ruairi Keating, Padraic Cunningham, Wilson Waweru, Francely Lomboto, Colin Kelly.

Team News

Francely Lomboto and Ronan Manning remain out of action due to long-term injuries. Stephen Walsh will miss this Friday’s game due to a three-game suspension.

Match Officials

Referee: Oliver Moran

Assistant 1: David Berry

Assistant 2: Ciaran Delaney

Fourth Official: Michael Connolly

LAST MEETING (First Division)

2 April 2021 | Athlone Town 3-1 Galway United

Athlone Town goalscorers: Gary Boylan (og), Meaney (2)

Galway United goalscorer: Wilson Waweru

Match Day Sponsor: Galway Cider Co.

Match Ball Sponsor: Seven Latin Quarter Galway