There were three promotion/relegation play off games taking place last night!
Galway United 1-0 Bray Wanderers; here is my opinion on the night’s events
Galway picked up the win that would keep them in the Premier Division for next season. Karl Sheppard was the man that scored the goal for the home side that secured their Premier Division status. Bray were favourites going into this game due to their recent good form but they came up short against the club that finished eleven points ahead of them. Bray now have a relegation play off game against Monaghan, which they must win to stay in the division.
Here is the match report from that game:
Galway United 1
Bray Wanderers 0
Karl Sheppard struck the only goal of a thrilling Terryland Park game as Galway United preserved their top flight status.
It proved to be a thrilling contest in the west as Galway ruled vast chunks of the contest with Republic of Ireland under 21 international Seamus Conneely the star performer.
Galway, who made 10 changes from the side that had drawn with Drogehda United at Hunky Dorys Park, were keen to involve the returning Stephen O’Donnell at every opportunity.
But Bray were determined early on moving the ball forward quickly and they carved a decent third minute chance.
Dane Massey’s deep cross found Gary Shaw, but the imposing striker was unable to direct a header on target from 12 yards.
As the half evolved Galway became more confident and composed as Conneely provided the midfield industry.
The Tribesmen’s passion was rewarded in the 16th minute when Karl Sheppard swept home an opportunistic goal.
Derek O’Brien’s head connected with a Jamie McKenzie cross and though Matt Gregg saved Sheppard netted from the rebound.
The remainder of the first half was well controlled by Conneely, who supplied the midfield guile as Galway went in ahead at the interval.
Galway created chances after the restart too and a mazy O ’Brien dribble nearly ended with a goal, but the busy wide man shot wide.
Then a sweeping Galway move involving substitute Tom King and O ’Donnell saw the ball switched to O’Brien, who blazed over.
In the closing stages Bray’s Adam Mitchell was sent off on 82 for a foul on Sheppard while O’Brien also saw red in stoppage time for kicking the ball away.
Galway United: Ryan; Sinnott, McKenzie, Meynell, Walsh; Curran, Conneely, O'Donnell, O'Brien; Molloy (King, 72, Keane, 90), Sheppard.
Bray Wanderers: Gregg; Doyle, Mitchell, Webster, Massey; G Kelly (Tresson, 77), D O'Connor, Dempsey, J Kelly; Shields (O'Neill, 46), Shaw.
Referee: D Hancock (Dublin).
Waterford United 1-3 Monaghan United; here is my opinion of the action last night. Monaghan finished in third place in the First Division table four points behind Waterford but they still manage to comfortably overcome their hosts who are now stuck in the First Division for another season!! Monaghan go on to play Bray in a promotion play off game, if they win they will be promoted to the Premier Division if they loose they will be stuck in the First Division for another year!!!
Here is the match report from that game
Waterford United 1 Monaghan United 3
Philly Hughes scored a brilliant double as Monaghan beat Waterford for a fourth time this season to make the promotion/relegation play-off final against Bray Wanderers.
Despite having made two good early stops, a mistake by Blues' keeper Kevin Burns gifted Monaghan the lead on 28 minutes.
Burns failed to hold a corner and Monaghan defender Aidan Lynch headed against the bar and then followed up to force the ball home.
Hughes then doubled the lead with his first goal on 58 minutes with a stunning header from Barry Clancy’s cross.
Liam Kearney hooked home from skipper Kevin Murray’s header to give Waterford hope on 65 minutes.
But Hughes sealed the win on 84 minutes with a terrific 25-yard free-kick which game Kevin Burns no chance.
Monaghan host Bray in the first leg at Gortakeegan on Friday with the second leg at the Carlisle Grounds on Monday.
Cobh Ramblers 0-1 Salthill Devon; here is my opinion on how Salthill picked up a victory over Cobh Ramblers. The First Division side Salthill Devon picked up the massive home win against Cork side Cobh Ramblers. It isn’t that long ago that Cork were in the Premier Division. There is still another leg to come in this game. That game will be played on Saturday!!!
The match report from that game is below!!!
Cobh Ramblers 0 Salthill Devon 1
Dave Hill’s “A” Championship side Cobh remain very much in contention as they travel to Drom on Saturday night in the second leg of this promotion/relegation play off, despite failing to make home advantage pay at St. Colman’s Park.
Cobh just about edged possession in the first half, but still trooped off to what proved the match winning goal at the interval.
That came on 35 minutes when Devon striker Mikey Gilmore latched onto a cross from the right to shoot past Ramblers' keeper Stephen Deasy.
That’s for my review of the play off games. Thanks for reading! Gareth