Coming into this season, the expectations of the fans were quite high and outside observers had us tipped to finish highly come the end of the season. The note on which the season begun seemingly reaffirmed these expectations and with new signing Danny Furlong bagging an opening day hat-trick it looked like we had captured a real gem. However, after a promising opening month, results began to take a turn for the worse. Instead of improving our season went into a straight descent, which it wasn’t to recover from. Off the field, Shane Keegan saw his time run out as results failed to improve and a Saudi Arabian consortium came with big promises but ultimately left the club disappointed. Overall, it was quite a disappointing season; however, one positive that can be taking is the emergence of many promising young players from the club’s underage structure.
Predicted Position: 2nd or 3rd
Actual Position: 6th
Player of the year
The twenty-one year old Limerick man is undoubtedly a candidate for Signing of the Season, his heroics between the posts have kept United in many games. United’s situation could look a lot bleaker if it weren’t for Ryan’s contribution.
Performance of the season: Bohemian (H), August 24th.
The Portumna man, previously with United in 2014, re-joined late last year and has proven to be a star turn in the United side this year. This season has been quite a disappointing one for United, however, Barry has looked a constantly bright spark throughout.
Performance of the season: Cabinteely (H), July 27th.
The capture of Carlton on loan from Dundalk was a real coup for Galway United and the pacey forward has looked a live-wire whenever he’s donned the Galway United shirt. His pace and directness make him a danger to any defense and while fans have questioned why he hasn’t been consistently starting week in week out for United; one thing that cannot be questioned though is his commitment to the cause. While some players have looked lackadaisical and uncommitted, Carlton has always played with a fiery determination and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Performance of the season: Athlone (H), July 6th.
The winner is… Tadhg Ryan.
One to Watch
The sixteen year old front-man has set the Under 17 league on fire, notching twenty two goals to date. Kelly’s goals have been a huge factor in leading United on their play-off charge. His exploits at underage level have been rewarded by manager Alan Murphy who gave Kelly his senior debut as he led the line at home to Wexford Youths. He will be a player to watch in years to come, everyone associated with Galway United will hope he can continue to kick on because he has no shortage of potential.
Highlight of the Season:
Galway United 2 UCD 0
After a promising start to the season from United, form began to trail off with a number of disappointing results as performances left much to be desired. It was at this point that United welcome league leaders, UCD, to Terryland. United gave their best performance of the year, playing UCD off the park, and at the time it felt like a real watershed moment in our season but it wasn’t to be.
Worst Moment of the Season
Galway United 1 Longford Town 4
The other end of the scale comes near the end of the season, when our season was on its very last legs. A Longford side, on red hot form and making a late promotion charge, came to Terryland. Our season was already all but over and recent form was uninspiring to say the least, but the pathetic performance in front of a dwindling crowd still stung. A Dylan McGlade led Longford side absolutely tore us apart. The only players who did themselves justice for us were Tadhg Ryan – without him the score-line could have been a lot uglier, and Carlton Ubaezuonu – he showed real fight when he came on and scored an unbelievable solo goal. All in all, our players were torn apart, our fans were out-sung, and it was the lowest ebb in a highly disappointing season.
Here’s to next season…