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Sunday 4 December 2016

Galway ready to challenge the big guns

Tommy Dunne
Tommy Dunne

TOMMY Dunne believes that his Galway United side are very close to matching the top sides in the country.

If results go their way tonight, starting of course with their own game at home to an in-form Bohemians, Galway could move into the top half of the table. Galway have earned four wins this season, but all against bottom-half sides, as in their clashes with the top four they've failed to score a goal, let alone nab a point. But Dubliner Dunne is heartened by recent wins (and clean sheets) against Bray and Derry City, giving the United boss confidence as Bohs head west.

"I think we've improved in recent weeks ourselves. We've won three out of the last five games so for us, the next step is to start picking up results against the top teams in the country. We feel we're not that far away," says Dunne.

Bohs supporters head to Galway for the first of a double header - they are back at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday night for the EA Sports Cup quarter-final - with morale high after a good run, but boss Keith Long has called for an improvement on last week's 2-1 win over Limerick, where veteran Jason Byrne came off the bench to score the winner, his first of the season.

"We'll have to play better in Galway," says Long.

"Against Limerick last Friday we got the desired result and we're pleased with that. But we switched off at times and Limerick came more and more into it but I'm very pleased for Jason."

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