David Hurley: ‘That’s what John is good at, he gives you a bit of belief that you can do this stuff’

Mon, May 17 2021
Padraic Cunningham and teammates celebrate Galway United's fourth goal against Cobh Ramblers at St Colman's Park on Saturday, 1 May 2021.

David Hurley (centre) during Galway United's 4-0 win over Cobh Ramblers on Saturday, 1 May 2021. Credit: Steve Alfred (ETPhotos)

Paul Corcoran reports from Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United struggled to find the back of the net on Friday night when they faced Wexford in the First Division.

It took a moment of individual brilliance by David Hurley in the 95th minute to give the Tribesmen the three points, with the former Cobh Ramblers midfielder scoring his first goal for the club.

“It’s brilliant, delighted, especially with the way the game was going, it was one of those that we had chances to put them away but we didn’t get the goal that we needed,” Hurley said, speaking to extratime.com after Friday night’s 1-0 win.

“We probably didn’t have the cutting edge. At the end, that shows the attitude of the players we just kept fighting and fighting we finally got our chance and we took it after so long waiting for it.

“It’s three points at the end of the day and that’s two wins in the last three games so hopefully we can build on that and just sort out the sloppy goals and that.”

Impact subs have been a common part of Galway United’s season so far and, with Hurley not making an appearance until the 83rd minute on Friday night, that’s another goal the Tribesmen have scored from the bench.

“John [Caulfield] just said drive at them, make an impact, and that’s what you want to do, you want to do what you can to help the team because you can see a lot of the time in that game there wasn’t a lot of football being played,” the midfielder explained.

“There was a lot of back and forward so when you do get the ball down you have to just drive at them.

“That’s what John is good at, he gives you a bit of belief that you can do this stuff so he’s telling you just get at them and that’s what you want to do and that’s what you want your manager telling you.

For the goal itself, Hurley had a decision to make over whether he should take his shot or cross the ball into the box, he opted for the former with a bullet of a shot into the top right corner.

“My first touch probably wasn’t good enough, I probably put it a bit too far and I knew if I crossed it, it was just going to hit off the defender or me and go out for a goal kick or a corner at best so I was thinking if I just cut this back I’ll see what happens.

“I cut it back and it opened up, I’m dribbling it and I’m thinking, will I put the ball in the box, and I said I’d just have a smack off this and it worked.”

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