2008 Galway United F.C. season

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2008 Galway United F.C. season. This is a list of competitive matches played by Galway United F.C. in during the 2008 League of Ireland Premier Division season. Jeff Kenna served as player-manager of Galway United F.C. during this season. During the season there were rumours of financial troubles and the selling of the players within the squad, most notably Derek O'Brien. Relegation also loomed on the horizon. However, a surge of great form which saw the United reach the 2008 FAI Cup semi-finals gave the club a fighting chance of survival. A 3–0 victory over Finn Harps in the penultimate game of the season put survival in United's own hands and their victory the following week away to UCD ensured that Galway United would be playing in the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2009.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers
8 February 2008 Athlone Town H 3 – 2 Leech, O'Brien, O'Shea
9 February 2009 Waterford United N 3 – 1 Glynn (2), Russell
15 February 2008 Limerick 37 H 3 – 2 Glynn, Russell, O'Flynn

Premier Division[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result Scorers
7 March 2008 Bohemians H 0 – 1
15 March 2008 Cobh Ramblers A 1 – 1 O'Brien
21 March 2008 St Patrick's Athletic A 0 – 1
29 March 2008 Shamrock Rovers H 0 – 2
4 April 2008 Drogheda United A 0 – 1
11 April 2008 Cork City H 1 – 3 Molloy
19 April 2008 Sligo Rovers A 0 – 3
25 April 2008 Bray Wanderers H 2 – 3 O'Flynn, Molloy
2 May 2008 Derry City A 0 – 0

Final table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bohemians (C) 33 27 4 2 55 13 +42 85 UEFA Champions League/Setanta Cup
2 St Patrick's Athletic 33 20 6 7 48 24 +24 66 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
3 Derry City 33 16 10 7 46 25 +21 58 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
4 Sligo Rovers 33 12 12 9 41 28 +13 48 UEFA Europa League/Setanta Cup
5 Cork City [note 1] 33 15 11 7 45 28 +17 46 Setanta Cup
6 Bray Wanderers 33 11 6 16 28 52 −24 39
7 Shamrock Rovers 33 8 13 12 33 35 −2 37
8 Drogheda United [note 2] 33 12 9 12 38 32 +6 35
9 Galway United 33 8 8 17 34 49 −15 32
10 Finn Harps (R) 33 9 4 20 26 53 −27 31 Relegated to First Division.
11 Cobh Ramblers [note 3] (R) 33 6 8 19 27 55 −28 26 Relegated to A Championship.
12 UCD (R) 33 4 9 20 19 46 −27 21 Relegated to First Division.

Source: [2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cork City qualified for Setanta Cup as holders. Cork City were deducted ten points after going into administration.
  2. ^ Drogheda United were deducted ten points after going into administration.
  3. ^ Cobh Ramblers were relegated directly from the Premier Division to the A Championship after being refused a First Division license.


FAI Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result Scorers
8 June 2008 Round 3 Waterford United H 1 – 0
17 August 2008 Round 4 Athlone Town H 4 – 1
12 September 2008 QF Bray Wanderers H 1 – 1 McCulloch 45'
16 September 2008 QF Replay Bray Wanderers A 0 – 2 J. Keane 37', O'Shea 53'
26 October 2008 SF Derry City H 0 – 1

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result Scorers
8 April 2008 1st Longford Town H 2 – 0 Lester, Foley
8 April 2008 2nd Sligo Rovers A 0 – 0 (aet, p 5-6)
1 July 2008 QF Bray Wanderers H 3 – 0 O'Brien (2), O'Shea
4 August 2008 SF Derry City H 0 – 2

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FAI Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Republic of Ireland Gary Rogers 30 (1) 0 5 0 2 0 38 0 0 0
2 DF Haiti Regillio Nooitmeer 17 0 1 0 3 0 21 0 0 0
3 DF Scotland Marc McCulloch 29 (1) 1 3 1 2 0 35 1 8 0
4 DF Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Wesley Charles 13 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 15 0 1 1
5 DF Republic of Ireland John Fitzgerald 31 2 5 1 4 0 40 3 8 1
6 DF Republic of Ireland John Lester 21 (3) 1 4 1 3 1 25 3 4 1
7 MF Republic of Ireland Ciaran Foley 15 (4) 1 4 0 2 1 25 2 2 0
8 FW Republic of Ireland Derek Glynn 11 (12) 4 (3) 0 (4) 0 30 4 1 0
9 FW Republic of Ireland Mark Leech 13 (3) 1 1 0 3 0 20 1 1 0
9 FW Republic of Ireland Alan Murphy 11 (5) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Flynn 4 (2) 1 1 (1) 0 0 0 8 1 0 0
10 FW Denmark Jesper Jørgensen 8 (3) 1 4 0 1 0 16 1 1 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Derek O'Brien 15 2 1 (1) 1 3 2 20 5 2 0
11 MF Republic of Ireland Iarfhlaith Davoren 4 (7) 1 0 0 1 0 12 1 0 0
12 FW Republic of Ireland Vinny Faherty 15 (8) 5 2 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 29 5 0 0
13 FW England Ian Foster 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Republic of Ireland Jonathan Keane 8 1 4 1 0 0 12 2 1 1
16 GK Barbados Alvin Rouse 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 0 1
17 DF Republic of Ireland Alan Keane 14 (2) 0 4 0 2 0 22 0 1 1
18 MF Republic of Ireland Steven Cunningham 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 MF Republic of Ireland Jay O'Shea 27 (2) 7 4 2 4 1 37 10 1 0
20 DF Republic of Ireland Paul Sinnott 0 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF England Ollie Fenn 10 (3) 0 1 (1) 0 (2) 0 17 0 6 0
23 MF Republic of Ireland Gary Deegan 17 0 0 0 3 0 20 0 7 0
24 MF Republic of Ireland John Russell 25 (3) 2 3 0 4 0 35 2 5 0
25 MF Republic of Ireland Séamus Conneely 14 (5) 0 5 0 1 0 25 0 1 0
28 FW Republic of Ireland Jason Molloy 2 (7) 1 2 0 (2) 0 13 1 0 0
31 MF Republic of Ireland Cian McBrien 0 (3) 0 (1) 0 (1) 0 5 0 0 0
33 DF Republic of Ireland Jeff Kenna 6 0 2 0 1 0 9 0 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Galway United FC – Club History". galwayunitedfc.ie. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ireland 2008". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016.