Murray brace pulls Galway United towards safety

A Ronan Murray brace in the closing 15 minutes gave the tribesmen the victory that they had been searching for after a disappointing loss to cork the following week, despite having opened the scoring.

Shane Keegan surely was hoping it wasn’t going to be a repeat when Gavan Holohan opened the scoring. Harps had chances to go ahead early on but Ayunga slipped Holohan through the middle who lifted the ball over outrushing goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher.

With 20 minutes gone Galway had found themselves gathering momentum and nearly added a second. Murray delivered a perfectly weighted cross only for Ayunga to head over the out of place Gallagher, however unable to find the target.

Gareth Harkin then found Eddie Dsane who was one on one but much to the disappointment of the Harps fans the flag had been raised for offside despite the ball ending up in the net.

Almost immediately Houston broke down the right and found the in-form Dsane who was dragged down in the box however missed the resulting penalty with former Harps stopper Conor Winn getting low to deny Dsane.

A rather nervy first half for the twin towns club and it looked as if there was going to be a stern halftime team talk from Ollie Horgan, however the forward who played youth football at Crystal Palace made amends firing home a bullet header.

Caolan Mc Aleer who has grown to be a firm fan’s favourite found himself down the right before cutting in to set up Dsane to send the teams in level at halftime.

With Harps level at half-time things went downhill from here on in. Just six minutes after the restart McCourt was sent off for a second yellow and as if things couldn’t get worse a blatant handball in the penalty area was turned away with the local support voicing their annoyance with Neil Doyle commanding play to continue.

Ronan Murray starting the dismantling of the home side with a superb free kick to put the Galwegian’s ahead before Ayunga rattled the upright with a clear path to goal. The man in question Murray proceeded to round the goalkeeper 5 minutes from time to complete Galway’s assault on the hills of Donegal.

With 9 games to go the battle is heating up without a doubt and one that Murray feels”will go down to the wire and the last game of the season.”

With several teams involved in ‘the scrap’ it is sure to make exciting viewing for the next couple of weeks with all involved hopefully of staying up.

Connor McGinty

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