Galway United 2
Town of Longford 0
GALWAY United scored the club’s 1,600th competitive game in domestic competition in style on Monday afternoon as second-half goals from David Hurley and Max Hemmings sealed a win that secured the club’s best ever start to the season.
A 29-point run from 12 games surpasses the 28-point tally that would have been achieved from eight wins and four draws in the 1985/86 season if the 3-point-for-a-win system was in place.
That campaign from nearly 40 years ago remains United’s most impressive – they opened the season with a 16-game unbeaten streak, before their title challenge was derailed by three successive defeats. They ended the season with three wins in that 22-game season to finish second in the table, two points behind Shamrock Rovers.
What makes it more impressive is that the run has been made in the Premier Division, and a return to the top flight looks a very real possibility by the end of this year if John Caulfield’s side can maintain that kind of shape.
It was a very different win to that won against Treaty United three days earlier: in that match United dominated almost from the first whistle to the last, while at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday the Tribesmen were arguably second better in an intense first half, before taking control of the game in the second half.
“I think we started the game well. alexander [Murphy] had a header in the first two or three minutes that came close and then we had a goal disallowed at the end of the half.
“To be fair to Longford, they are a very good team, they have very good players. They took control of the game there in the first half, and we were a bit embarrassed, we couldn’t put pressure on the ball, but we sorted out some issues at half-time,” was Caulfield’s assessment of that opening 45 minutes.
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