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Galway rout Students to secure top-flight status next term

There’s a nice looking geographical spread to the Premier Division now.

Gary Shanahan of Galway celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with teammates.
Gary Shanahan of Galway celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with teammates.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Galway FC 3

UCD 0

GALWAY FC FINISHED the season with a flourish claiming a smashing SSE Airtricity League promotion/relegation play off final second leg success at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Goals from Gary Shanahan, Ryan Manning, and Alex Byrne ensure the Tribesmen, who will be named Galway United next season, thumped the Students.

Tommy Dunne’s charges hit the front on the stroke of half-time courtesy of a fine goal from Shanahan, who delivered a purposeful performance on the right.

UCD were struggling to contain Galway, who pounced for a second goal in the 72nd minute. Native New Yorker Jake Keegan was denied by a smart Conor O’Donnell save, but Republic of Ireland under 19 international Ryan Manning scored the rebound.

Galway players celebrate at the final whistle Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Manning, who has been watched by Everton on several occasions, was an influential figure for Galway, who scored again on 81. Another promising youngster, Alex Byrne, decorated Galway’s success with a crisp drive as 2,890 spectators celebrated at the Corribside venue.

Galway FC: Connor Gleeson; Colm Horgan, Paddy Barrett, Stephen Walsh, Marc Ludden; Paul Sinnott, Alex Byrne (Enda Curran, 84); Gary Shanahan, Ryan Connolly, Ryan Manning (Jason Molloy, 87); Jake Keegan (Vinny Faherty, 84).

Subs not used: Ger Hanley, Martin Conneely, Padraic Cunningham, Robbie Egan.

UCD: Conor O’Donnell; Gareth Matthews, Hugh Douglas, Ian Ryan, Mark Langtry; Chris Mulhall (James Kavanagh, 79), Robbie Creevy, Robbie Benson, Timmy Molloy; Samir Belhout, Conor Cannon (Gary Burke, 49).

Subs not used: Niall Corbett, Daniel Tobin, Tomas Boyle, Gregory Sloggett, Colm Crowe.

Referee: Dave McKeon (Dublin).

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