Thursday, 22nd March 2018
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“Deadly Daly” keeps Waterford on top

Waterford have moved two points clear at the top of the table following this victory at the RSC on Friday night last.

Derek Daly was the goalscoring hero for the second week running. He also netted the winner against Wexford the previous week. This was the third consecutive one nil win for the Blues. UCD were in second place, one point behind Waterford prior to last weekend but they lost at home to Cobh Ramblers and as a result the Co Cork club have now taken over second position and on Saturday next Waterford will travel to Cobh for what will be a top of the table clash in every sense of the word. Cobh Ramblers are managed by Stephen Henderson who is a former Waterford manager and that fact will add spice to the encounter.

It was the visitors that started the game on the front foot and they created the opening chance of the tie on ten minutes when Tristan Noack-Hofmann sent in a cross for Dylan McGlade but his left-footed effort from 12 yards flew over the crossbar.

Waterford FC took the lead with a well-taken goal less than two minutes later when Kenny McEvoy knocked the ball into the path of Derek Daly and he beat Longford Town keeper Paul Skinner with a cracking left-footed drive from 25-yards range.

Blues keeper Matthew Connor made a quite amazing save on 36 minutes when Dean Zambra’s pass fell at the feet of McGlade deep inside the penalty area but his left-footed shot was somehow tipped around the posts at the expense of a fruitless corner kick.

Conor Whittle went agonisingly close to doubling the Blues just two minutes later when the full back took a brilliant pass from David McDaid but his stunning right-footed strike that seemed to have Longford keeper Paul Skinner beaten flew inches wide of the right-hand post.

The hosts had a great chance to extend their advantage with 58 minutes on the clock when Patrick McClean tried his luck with an ambitious effort that was parried by Paul Skinner into the path of David McDaid but his shot was cleared off the line by Longford’s Stephen Walsh.

Longford carved out a half chance for themselves on 65 minutes when Dylan McGlade sent in a cross from the left that found the head of Jake Kelly but his header went wide before the latter got on the end of another McGlade delivery however his effort was over Matthew Connor’s crossbar.

A great Waterford move involving Derek Daly and Shane O’Connor saw the midfielder play the ball forward looking for the head of David McDaid on 71 minutes but the attacker just failed to get proper contact on the ball as it went wide of Skinner’s right-hand post.

The Blues missed another big chance to increase their lead six minutes later when Derek Daly sent in a cross from the left to the back post for Kenny McEvoy but his free header at the back post was just over the crossbar for Paul Skinner.

Dean Walsh, who replaced David McDaid on 75 minutes, nearly got on the scoresheet on 80 minutes when he got a little space on the right-side of the penalty area but his low shot was deflected out for a corner kick however despite these missed chances, the Blues held out for a deserved three points once again.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Robin Dempsey, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne, Conor Whittle, Kenny McEvoy, Anthony McAlavey, Shane O’Connor, John Martin (Jack Lynch `82), Derek Daly, David McDaid (Dean Walsh `75)

LONGFORD TOWN: Paul Skinner, Mark Langtry (Aidan Friel `44), Stephen Walsh, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Dean Zambra, Kealan Dillon, Dylan McGlade, Enda Curran (Gavin Boyne `33), Jake Kelly, Kevin O’Connor, Daniel O’Reilly

Referee: John McLoughlin. Assistants. Alan Dunne and Shane O'Brien.


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