Attacking Struggles Bring Down United

Galway United 0
Bray Wanderers 1
(O’Halloran 71′)

By Markus Krug

Sloppy passing and careless behaviour in possession hampered Galway United’s usually high-powered offense during a bitter 0-1 defeat against Bray Wanderers at Eamon Decay Park on Friday.

United Manager Alan Murphy said afterwards that his team had not played up to their potential and had been falling short in the final third of the pitch.

“We worked really hard and showed a valiant effort but we were lacking in terms of our shape and the execution of the plan we had come up with beforehand,” said Murphy at the post-match press conference.

He also added that the major differences between the two sides were patience in the build-up play and hesitancy in crucial moments of the game.

It came to no surprise that the lone goal of the evening was also scored in a moment of tentativeness. After 71 minutes, Dean O’Halloran was the first man to a McGlade corner at the second post and buried it in the net, when nobody had reacted to his run into the box.

Newly acquired goalkeeper Andreas Werner, who was once again starting for the injured Kevin Horgan, had kept his team in the game with a number of brilliant saves throughout the night but was without chance against O’Halloran’s game winner.

The night had actually looked quite promising for United at times, when Alan Murphy’s team was the more dominant side throughout the first 20 minutes of each of the two halves.

Connor Barry and Vinny Faherty were showing their usual chemistry in the build-up early on and created good opportunities for both themselves as well as Colin Kelly and Shane Doherty. A lack of vision and inaccuracies on the final touch prevented United from taking the lead.

The second part of the first half was then dominated by the visitors, who were unlucky not to go in front when Christopher Horgan cleared Paul Keegan’s shot off the line after 28 minutes and when Richie Purdy’s flying header went just wide to the left before halftime.

Similarly to this course of events, Galway had some decent momentum at the beginning of the second half. Their best chance came just two minutes after the break, when Werner’s clearance turned into a through ball for Colin Kelly, whose shot was skilfully saved by Bray keeper Gabriel Sava.

After Wanderers took the lead, United failed to produce more pressure on offense, with only Colin Kelly and Conor Melody having decent opportunities before the final whistle.

Overall, United never looked as threatening as in the first two games of the season, where they produced a staggering six goals. With one of the youngest squads in the league, ups and downs in form are to be expected, but Alan Murphy now has one week for adjustments before the tribesmen are facing Longford Town next Saturday night.

Galway United:

16 Andreas Werner (GK), 2 Christopher Horgan, 5 Stephen Walsh (C), 6 Maurice Nugent, 9 Vinny Faherty, 10 Conor Barry, 11 Colin Kelly, 13 Cian Murphy, 15 Mark Hannon, 18 Shane Doherty, 20 Donal Higgins

Substitutes: 25 James Tierney (GK), 8 Conor Melody, 12 Ronan Asgari, 14 Wilson Waweru, 17 Ivan Gamarra, 21 Joe Collins, 22 Jeff McGowan

Manager: Alan Murphy

Bray Wanderers:

1 Gabriel Sava (GK), 3 Dylan Barnett, 4 Kilian Cantwell, 5 Sean Heaney, 6 Paul Keegan (C), 7 Dean O’Halloran, 9 Joe Doyle, 10 Dylan McGlade, 11 Derek Daly, 22 Luke Nolan, 24 Richie Purdy

Substitutes: 16 Adam Hayden (GK), 2 Hugh Douglas, 12 Andrew McGovern, 14 Jake Ellis, 17 Luka Lovic, 19 Brandon McCann

Manager: Gary Cronin

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