Galway set sights on jump-starting their season

Galway United will be looking to kick-start their season when they take on Sporting Fingal at Terryland Park tonight, 7.45pm.

Galway United will be looking to kick-start their season when they take on Sporting Fingal at Terryland Park tonight, 7.45pm.

There are a number of injury doubts for United ahead of the Sporting fixture.

Gary Curran is struggling with a knee injury and he is a major doubt for the game.

Derek O'Brien suffered an injury in the game against UCD and is another doubt along with Thomas Heary who missed out last Monday through injury.

Stephen O'Donnell is likely to return to the starting 11.

Galway boss Sean Connor knows that it will be a difficult task facing Fingal.

He said: "Liam Buckley has put together a squad of real quality who look to play an open game. ome of his additions this year have given them a real edge and a genuine chance of the title.

“I am expecting a tough test, but if we have any aspirations about ourselves and our future then we need to look to pick up three points every time we are at home.

“So I will be sending the lads out with a positive attitude and a belief in their own abilities. We will have a real go and I know all our fans will get behind the lads as we go in search of our second win of the new season."

Sporting will be missing midfield pair Shane McFaul and Shaun Williams due to suspension.

Defender John Frost is ruled out with the hamstring injury which forced him to be substituted early on in last Monday’s 1-1 draw against Shamrock Rovers but Lorcan Fitzgerald is available after being sidelined for the last four weeks with a fractured cheekbone.

Fingal boss Liam Buckley said: “Shane McFaul and Shaun Williams have started all of our six Airtricity League games so far and will therefore be missed.

“That said, other players have been waiting patiently for their chance to feature into the starting team and this opportunity is one they’ll be eager to make the most of.

“We drew both of the Dublin derby games against St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers last weekend, matches we had enough chances to have won, and I’ll be looking for us to be better in the final third at Terryland.

“No team will get an easy game at Galway United this season, as was shown recently when Shamrock Rovers narrowly won there, and we’ll have our work cut out to clinch the three points.”

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