The game has ended between Galway United FC and Dundalk. Vinny Faherty's 11th strike of the season on the stroke of half time is enough to take all three points as Dundalk tried hard in the second half to break down a well marshalled defensive display from the home side without success. Great scenes at the end from the big home support who showed their appreciation for their sides hard working effort this evening as they burst Dundalk's bubble after the highs of their Champions League efforts of recent weeks.
Nothing going right for Dundalk as Daryl Horgan's pass goes astray as Jose Garcia wins another challenge
4 minutes injury time as Gary Shanahan is down with a head injury again.
Sean Gannon cross almost creeps in under the cross bar but Conor Winn back peddles and tips over for a corner which Mountney delivers from the right again and Ciaran Kilduff heads just over as Galway survive
Another corner to Dundalk but they can't get anyone on the end of John Mountney's delivery as Galway clear again.
Dundalk win another corner which John Mountney delivers into the box but Conor Winn punches it well clear and Jose Garcia completes the clearance for Galway.
Dundalk throwing lots of bodies forward but Galway defending well at the moment as Conor Winn collects another ball into box under pressure from David McMillan and Ciaran Kilduff.
Conor Winn produces a fine save from Dane Massey's low effort at his near post
Sub for either side coming here as Enda Curran and John Mountney are coming into the game.
Galway under pressure now as Dundalk pour forward with Jose Garcia making two great clearances with a header in the box and a big boot up the pitch
Another penalty appeal from Dundalk as Dane Massey and Galway sub Jose Garcia clash on the edge of the box but play goes on as Massey goes down.
Big penalty shout for Dundalk waved away as Galway keeper Conor Winn drops a ball into the path of Ciaran Kilduff who he then pushes over in the crowded box but no spot kick awarded by Derek Tomney.
Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been quick to bring on big players David McMillian, current top scorer in both the league and the Champions League, and Galway native and captain Stephen O'Donnell to try and get back level in this game.
Dundalk sub Stephen O'Donnell makes an immediate impact with a great ball to Robbie Benson who advances forward and unleashes a powerful low effort that flies just off target.
Good work from Daryl Horgan creates a shooting chance for Chris Shields but his effort is too high and another one for the lads in the car park to retrieve.
Tonight's attendance a very healthy 2,578, Galway biggest crowd of the season
Gary Shanahan does well down the right wing as Galway break and have a 3 v 2 but the winger's ball into the box is sliced away for a corner by Paddy Barrett to avert the danger
Conor Winn saves from Ciaran Kilduff after a pass from Darren Meenan created the half chance
Alex Byrne has an early shot saved down low by Gary Rogers at his left hand post.
Galway still look dangerous on the break as Ryan Connolly and Enda Curran break but ball is cut out by Dundalk defence.
It is half-time between Galway United FC and Dundalk. Visitors had the better of the play in that opening half but Galway struck for the only goal of the half right on the stroke of half time as they produced their best play of the half for that man Vinny Faherty to strike for his 11th goal of the season. Makes for a very interesting second half.
Vinny Faherty scores for Galway United FC. Great move and some lovely play from Galway was cleared only to Stephen Walsh and the left back crossed the ball back into the box for Vinny Faherty to glance a header past Gary Rogers into the corner.
Galway now get a soft free kick outside the box as Paddy Barrett looked like he clearly won the defending header against Vinny Faherty. Ryan Connolly floats the ball into the unmarked Stephen Folan and he lifts his effort over Gary Rogers crossbar with the goal at his mercy. Should be 1-0 great chance for Galway.
Patrick McEleney gets away down the right of the box and pulls the ball back into the six yard box but Galway manage to clear again as Ciaran Kilduff lurked
Ryan Connolly shoots high and over Gary Rogers crossbar as the ball boys will have to search the car park for that one!
First shot on target of the game as Daryl Horgan's free kick is straight at Conor Winn in the centre of the goal. Freekick was awarded for an Armin Agnovic foul on Patrick McEleney which looked harsh again and saw the centre back booked.
Dundalk apeal for a hand ball in the box but referee Derek Tomney waves play on.
Dangerous free kick to Dundalk after Armin Agnovic was harshly ajudged to have fouled Ciaran Kilduff when it looked like he had won the ball, crowd not happy ata all. Darren Meenan's effort is deflected away for a corner which comes to nothing.
Free kick from Ryan Connolly finds Armin Aganovic who heads the ball down but Vinny Flaherty can't force the ball home as Chris Shiels clears the danger away for a corner.
Darren Meenan crosses in from the right wing and Galway's Colm Horgan has to touch the ball away for a corner under pressure from Ciaran Kilduff
Great cross into the box from Daryl Horgan is headed clear by Stephen Walsh but it is back into the Galway box as Walsh blocks from Darren Meenan before Daryl Horgan shoots wide of Conor Winn's post.
Former Dundalk player Gary Shahahan down with a head injury at the moment after a clearance from Dane Massey struck him and knocked him over, he looks okay though
Gary Shanahan's ball into Vinny Flaherty in the Dundalk box is cut out by Andy Boyle as the centre back clears the danger.
Conor Winn saves from Ciaran Kilduff's header from the resultant corner from Darren Meenan before Colm Horgan blocked Dane Massey's follow up on the goal line with the Galway defence hacking the ball clear.
Dangerous freekick on the left of the box for Dundalk by Darren Meenan is pushed away for a corner by Connor Winn.
Dundalk kicked us off and go straight on the attack as Sean Gannon looks for a corner but Ref Derek Tomney gives a goal kick.
Teams back out on the pitch, great atmosphere here in the ground as we are almost set for kick-off
Our President and Deacy Park regular Michael D Higgins is also here and a great supporter of the Airtricity League he has been.
Currently waiting for teams to re-appear onto the pitch with just under 5 minutes to kick-off. Connacht coach Pat Lam and his players are here tonight to support the home side.
Tonight's referee will be Derek Tomney and the game is also being shown live of course on Eir Sports.
Great crowd in the ground already as both sides go through their warm ups in the current warm conditions.
Tonight’s meeting is the 80th meeting of these two sides with Dundalk looking to extend their unbeaten record against the home side to a record 20 games.
Brothers Colm and Daryl Horgan lock horns tonight for the seventh time since Galway regained their Premier Division status two seasons ago.
Tonight’s game is Dundalk’s first domestic league game since July 5th when they came out on top in a seven goal thriller against bottom of the table Longford Town in Oriel Park.
Dundalk make four changes as Stephen Kenny tries to freshen up his side as Patrick McEleney, Ciaran Kilduff, Robbie Benson and Darren Meenan all start with Stephen O'Donnell, John Mountney and David McMillian, the Champions League's current top scorer!, drop to the bench with Ronan Finn injured.
Galway make just the one change from last week's 1-1 draw away to Longford as Alex Byrne comes in for young midfielder Conor Melody who drops to the bench.
Team sheets just in and being updated, Dundalk make four changes, while Galway make just one change.
Just under an hour to kick off as we await team news with changes expected on the Dundalk side after their exploits on Tuesday night. Neither side has appeared yet for warm ups as nice crowd already in the ground ahead of the game.
Welcome to Eamonn Deacy Park for tonight's game as Galway Utd host league leaders Dundalk fresh from their Champions League heroics on Tuesday night in Tallaght Stadium. Perfect conditions for this evenings game here on the Dyke Road. Terry Flaherty with your updates from the Dyke Road