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Galway United picked up a fifth 2018 First Division victory in Lissywollen on Friday night as they heaped more misery on Athlone Town. 

Eoin McCormack, Marc Ludden and Stephen Kenny got the goals for Shane Keegan’s men as they moved back into contention in the second tier and followed up their opening day three goal victory against the Midlanders.

Galway United were the dominant force even if it took them over half an hour to make the breakthrough.  Ryan Connolly, Carlton Ubaezuonu, McCormack, Kenny and Ludden all came close with Athlone keeper Michael Fogarty called into a number of stops.

But on 38 minutes, the travelling support had something to celebrate when after a scramble near the goalmouth, McCormack got on the end of a Connolly ball to head the ball over the line.

Athlone Town had lost former Galway United player Cormac Raftery to injury and also removed their captain Steven Grogan but they only trailed 1-0 at half-time.

Craig Shortt came close for the hosts after the restart but the visitors eventually got in for their second goal.  Connolly was the provider again with Ludden the beneficiary on 57 minutes as he beat Fogarty at the near post.

Kenny, McCormack, Nugent and Connolly all threatened before the former was allowed ample space 12 minutes from time.  Kenny found the target for Galway United’s third goal leaving no doubt about the result.

Ubaezuonu came close to a fourth in the closing stages but he was denied by the woodwork.  But the result ensured Galway United moved to 18 points and into third place with a game in hand.

Galway United travel to Finn Park on Monday (7th May, 5pm) to take on Finn Harps and should they make it three consecutive wins, they’ll only be two points behind leaders UCD before they meet the following Friday (11th May, 7.45pm) in Eamonn Deacy Park.


Athlone Town – 0 

Galway United – 3 (McCormack 38′, Ludden 57′, Kenny 78′) 

Athlone Town – Michael Fogarty; Brian Cabraley, Ollie Hamzat, Cormac Raftery, Craig Shortt; Ian Fletcher, Steven Grogan, Josh Hogan, Bashmil Nyakambili; Jake O’Connor, Rory McCullough.  Subs used: Aaron Brilly for Raftery (23 mins), Shane Stokes for Grogan (34 mins), Aaron Williams for Cabraley (67 mins).

Galway United – Tadhg Ryan; Aaron Conway, Marc Ludden, Maurice Nugent, Robbie Williams; Alex Byrne, Ryan Connolly, Stephen Kenny, Ronan Manning; Carlton Ubaezuonu, Eoin McCormack.  Subs used: Stephen Walsh for Nugent (76 mins), Conor Barry for Connolly (78 mins), Conor Melody for McCormack (78 mins).

Referee: David Dunne

Pos Club Pl W D L GF GA GD PTS
 U.C.D. 10 7 2 1 20 11 9 23
 Drogheda United 10 5 3 2 30 12 18 18
 Galway United 9 5 3 1 20 8 12 18
 Shelbourne 10 5 3 2 18 9 9 18
 Finn Harps 9 5 2 2 13 9 4 17
 Longford Town 9 3 3 3 17 11 6 12
 Cabinteely 10 4 0 6 10 15 -5 12
 Cobh Ramblers 9 2 2 5 9 17 -8 8
 Wexford FC 10 2 1 7 13 22 -9 7
10   Athlone Town 10 0 1 9 6 42 -36 1