Galway vs Derry City by Luke
Galway had their hopes ahead the home game against Sligo last weekend, but the match itself didn't develop pleasantly for them. They stood playing with a man less during first twenty minutes when left full back Aganovic got red carded and the home side found themselves in all kinds of problems, reverting to a completely defensive role.
Despite the red card shown, the team managed to keep a goalless draw all the way till 72nd minute when they conceded the goal via Sadlier, but also managed to level up the result seven minutes later with a goal from Shanahan. They however held the draw only till 84th minute when the visiting side sealed the three pointer with another goal from Sadlier for the final victory. After this defeat, team of Galway remained sixth at the table, having six points less than European placed Derry City and this match means a lot for them.
Home side coach Tommy Dunne has a lengthy list of absentees, since he can't count at defender Colm Horgan (13/0), but also at defensive Stephen Walsh (13/0) and midfielder Mark Ludden (6/1) as they both go later fitness test in order to find out whether they might be involved, but the chances remains slim. Full back Armin Aganovic (3/0) remains suspended after the red card given previous weekend. Injures is also forward Padraic Cunninghan (7/0).
Derry City, on the other hand, welcomed Bray Wanderers last weekend and took a professional and comfortable 2:0 victory in front of own fans. They made the right start into the match, scoring in sixth minute of it via Daniels, while the final result was sealed already in 20th minute with a goal from Boyle.
They could have scored couple of goals more in the repetition, since the team played quite freely and relaxed during the second halftime, creating few very good chances. Their manager was satisfied after the game, since the team took planned victory from and looked superior from the first minute. This was their second straight victory after that win in Cup game against Drogheda, but the team still needs to improve their performances in league.
They are currently at third position and in case of a three pointer here, they would approach the leading duo closer. Injured for tonight's game are midfielder Harry Monaghan (8/1), full back Gareth McGlynn (7/1), while doubtful for the game remains quite important forward Rory Patterson (13/7), but with chances to play. Midfielder Barry McNamee (13/2) should also be sidelined.
Home side has some seriously quality players injured for this one and even if they were playing all fully fit, they would have quite a difficult task ahead of this match. Visitors are anyway surely a bit more quality and the value remains on their side.