LOI First Division Preview – Galway United vs Athlone Town

In their second game of the week, Galway United will travel to the midlands to face a struggling Athlone Town side in Athlone Town Stadium on Friday evening.

The Tribesmen have been in red hot form to start the First Division campaign, going undefeated in their first four games with three wins over table toppers Cork City, Bray Wanderers, and most recently, Treaty United.

Speaking with the press following their win over Treaty United on Monday in front of a maroon blanket of Galway United supporters in Eamonn Deacy Park, manager John Caulfield spoke about the signs his squad have shown to start the season.

“After four games, we’ve shown the potential that we have but we have a lot to work on and we have to get much better. They could see that this is a real honest gutsy team and four games in a long way to go but certainly we’re happy that we’re up somewhere near the top,” said Caulfield.

With Caulfield at the helm, Galway have adopted a style of play that gets the fans in Eamonn Deacy Park off their seats. This year, so far, has been no different.

Stephen Walsh, who has been primarily deployed as a centre back or a full back throughout his playing career, has been converted into a makeshift forward in the early stages of the season.

Having scored three goals in the first three games for Galway United, the 31-year-old will be looking to continue his blistering start to the season with another against Athlone.

Meanwhile, Athlone Town have not started the season well, failing to pick up a single point in their opening fixtures and conceding ten goals in three games, including five goals at the hands of Waterford United.

They will look to hold off this Galway United side who have not struggled to score goals this year and try take something from the game.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm in Athlone Town Stadium, you can also watch the game live on LOITV for a registration fee, more details can be found here.


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