Galway United travel to Dalymount Park tonight, hoping to end their recent pitiful form.
The Tribesmen have not won in the league since the 11th of July when they travelled to Markets Field and triumphed on the night, scoring four in the process.
However, to travel to Dalymount and snatch points will prove to be a trickier task, considering their poor form of late and in the absence of five key players. The odds are certainly against Tommy Dunne and his men.
The aim has to be to garner a bit of confidence within the squad, as a lack of it was plain to see last Friday night when a decent Derry City were allowed to look like Barcelona.
Tommy Dunne had this to say to GalwayUnitedFC.ie:
“We need to steady things down a bit, we’ve had a tough week last week and we’re hoping to be fresh now against Bohemians, even with our lengthy injury-list.
“The last two results didn’t help us in the league but the Bray one in particular, I thought the decision to allow the goal against us was poor, I also thought the penalty decision against us last week against Derry was poor and it turned the game. Normally these things iron themselves out over the course of the season but at the moment, we’re on the end of a few dubious decisions.”
With the injury crisis that has affected Galway United of late, Tommy Dunne has been forced to call upon the services of their most promising under-19 players Conor Melody, Ian Collins, Moise Assogba, Kevin Horgan and Maurice Nugent.
“Right now, we’ve got five u-19s in our group because we’re very short, these guys are coming in and filling in for us. We’ve got seven on the injury-list at the minute and it’s taking its toll.”
Meanwhile, despite looking more stable in terms of standings in the league, Keith Long’s men will also be looking to end a two-match losing streak. With form taking a decline since the loss of their influential full-backs Derek Pender and Lorcan Fitzgerald due to injury.
Their hopes of Europe were badly dented when they suffered a shock 4-3 defeat to an in-form Limerick. They have now conceded 8 goals in two games as they struggle at the back, a possible weak link in which Dunne will aim to exploit.
“That night, Derek Pender was missing and, last Friday, he and Lorcan Fitzgerald were both out. We’re making no excuses but we have really missed our full-backs. These are two of the best full-backs in the country,” said Long to BohemianFC.com.
With long-term injuries, Derek Pender, Marc Griffin and Dan Byrne, still unavailable for selection along with busy right back Anto Murphy, Long will be pleased to have Lorcan Fitzgerald, Eoin Wearen and Lee Stacey all back and fit for contention as they aim to punish a struggling Galway United squad.
“The players recognise where we have to improve. We’ve got to get back to being difficult to beat. The last couple of games we’ve been very open to play against, and that’s something we’ll try to solve.”
With Bohemians chasing Europe and Galway United playing for their safety, this will sure to be a tight affair with the hungrier of the two teams sure to make the most of it. The bookies have little faith in Galway United with them being priced at 7/2 to snatch an away victory, a big price in terms of league football.
Injured: Derek Pender (Achilles), Dan Byrne (Knee), Marc Griffin (Cruciate), Anto Murphy
Injured: Andy O’Connel (Foot), Pádraig Cunningham (Knee Cartilage), Ryan Connoly (Ankle)
Doubtful: Enda Curran (Hamstring Strain), Connor Barry (Thigh), Connor Melody (Ankle), Marc Ludden (Ankle)
Referee: James McKell
PJ Ó Cualáin, Pundit Arena