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AIRTRICITY LEAGUE (Preview) – LONGFORD TOWN vs GALWAY UNITED (Friday, 7.45pm City Calling Stadium) 

Galway United will be looking to bounce back following their 1-0 defeat to Drogheda United in Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday (25th May) that saw them lose their unbeaten First Division home record. 

Longford Town move from their usual Saturday night slot due to the Republic of Ireland friendly against the USA in the Aviva Stadium.  Shane Keegan’s side will play three times in the space of seven days with games to come up against Cobh Ramblers on Monday (4th June) and Finn Harps next Friday (8th June).

When the sides on March 30th, it was a stalemate at Eamonn Deacy Park, both sides struggled to break the deadlock in a 0-0 draw.

“We were disappointed with the result against Drogheda last week,” said manager Shane Keegan to Galway United’s official website.  “There wasn’t many chances or much difference between the two sides, so it was frustrating to come out on the wrong side of that result.

“In our two previous defeats so far this season, we’ve bounced back with back-to-back victories, which shows that we’re a team that responds well and tends to bounce back.

“These are tough games. This is another six pointer for us. I think there’s a lot of pressure on Longford. They’re looking at it and there is currently a four-point gap between us and Longford.

Keegan is still without Alan Conway who remains absent due to a knee injury.  Danny Furlong (hamstring) and Tadhg Ryan (quad) both came off injured against Drogheda United and are rated as doubtful.

Longford Town come into this contest on the back of draws against Athlone Town and Shelbourne.  Before their loss to Drogheda, the Tribesmen had picked up wins against UCD and Cabinteely.

Verdict: Draw

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