IT WAS supposed to be a celebratory night for the ‘Tribesmen’ as they made their return to the League of Ireland top flight playing in front of Irish President, Michael D. Higgins at Eamonn Deacy Park.
And after a promising first half the home side were very much in the driving seat until Derry City’s Sean Houston found the back of the net and the tide turned significantly in favour of Peter Hutton’s troops.
For Galway United boss, Tommy Dunne both Houston’s and indeed, Ryan Curran’s 81st minute strike were avoidable as he was made to rue ‘soft’ defensive errors on the night. And he acknowledged that this was the ‘harsh reality’ of his side’s return to the Premier Division!
“I think first half we were good,” said Dunne. “Second half we were standing off too much and at 1-0 we didn’t really look like we would concede.
“We were just a little bit disjointed when they broke at us. The first goal should have been cleared. It was just a couple of basic things and it was soft in the end.
“That goal changed the momentum of the game,” he added. “Up until that I thought we were comfortable and still looking dangerous and in control.
“As the old cliché goes, goals change games and that’s what happened when they got the equaliser.
“It took us a bit of time to get ourselves settled down again and get moving again. But I thought we did get back into it.
“And to be honest it was a soft enough goal from our point of view.
“We’re going to have to tidy up on the defensive side of things. At any level of football if youre not defensively right then it’s going to cause you problems.
“As you’re learning in this league you have to pick up results and that’s the harsh reality of the Premier Division where little basic things, and they were small things, that cost us the game.
“We were comfortable in ourselves at 1-0 but you give a team an opportumity to get back into the game and they’ll take it with two hands in the Premier Division.
“We could have made it 2-0 and didn’t take that chance and they go straight down the other end and it’s 1-1 and the whole dynamic of the game changes.”