Galway United manager Phil Trill: 'We won’t fear anybody, we won’t change the way we play'

Paul Corcoran reports from Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United suffered their second home defeat in a row in the Women’s Premier Division after Bohemians secured a narrow 1-0 victory over the Tribeswomen on Saturday afternoon.

A single goal from Sarah Rowe after a miscommunication in United’s box was enough to give the Gypsies the three points on the day.

Galway had created more chances throughout and it was a game that manager Phil Trill had thought they had a good chance of winning coming into Saturday’s fixture.

“Before the game it was definitely one that we thought we could win,” Trill said, speaking to after the game.

“I thought we were the better team, created more chances. We got caught by a poor execution but that’s my fault and the staff’s fault.

“The girls were amazing they’re trying to do everything we’re trying to do. You will get caught when you play like that and try and be brave but that’s 100 percent our fault as staff as we’ve asked them to do that.

“I thought we responded really well, we were the better team today by a good bit, on another day one or two offside go our way and we score.”

United changed things up with Jodie Griffin replacing Isabella Beletic at half time and Aoife Thompson coming in for Anna Fahey midway through the second half.

The changes came in response to Sarah Rowe’s first half goal as the home side went in search of an equaliser.

“It's difficult to manage, but that’s where we’re a team. You make changes to try and get back into the game and I thought we arguably could have got back into the game.

“Their keeper pulled off one or two good saves. I thought the girls were excellent today, defeat is hard to take but there are a lot of positives in it.

“They were really good, and the mistake comes from us asking certain things of players and next week that won’t happen again or the week after because they’ll learn from it. At the stage of the journey we’re at now that’s OK.

“We probably didn’t control the game as much as we wanted to in the first half even though we were marginally the better team. We probably didn’t gain possession as much as we wanted.

“Jodie came in, smashing kid she’s only 16 going 17 this year loads of potential. I think as a team we really upped our level in the second half, upped our intensity.

“Some really good performances out there in terms of leadership quality. In the end we just ran out of time, we battered the door down and if we started like that, we probably would have won the game comfortably but unfortunately, we didn’t.”

Up next for the Tribeswomen is a trip to Tolka Park to face the current Women’s Premier Division champions Shelboure but the Galway manager insists his side will set up to face the Reds as they would any team.

“We won’t fear anybody, we won’t change the way we play and if mistakes happen that’s fine, we’ll address them and learn from them.

“Going to Tolka Park, being honest for us – it’s just another pitch and another 90 minutes to go and prove what we’re working on.

“We are at the start of our journey and our development as a club, but we won’t fear anybody. We have some fantastic players. Moving forward to next week, we’re looking forward to Shels but it’s team versus team, there’s only one ball and hopefully we’ll control it during the game.”

Galway United face Shelbourne in the Women’s Premier Division on Saturday, 25 March at Tolka Park (kick-off 2pm).