Friday, 28th July 2017
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Red hot Blues steam ahead

Waterford moved five points clear at the top of the table when they defeated Cabinteely at a sun drenched RSC on Friday last. This was a repeat of the outcome when the two teams met at the same venue back in March. Two goals inside the opening seven minutes rocked the visitors and they never fully recovered fully from that start and although they did try to muster some sort of comeback in the second half the final outcome was never in any real doubt. Next up is an away game against a UCD team who surprisingly lost at home to Shelbourne on Friday and they have now fallen seven points behind the Blues. The Waterford team are really knitting together right now and promotion remains very much on the radar.

The game was only four minutes old when the Blues struck the front when a superb ball from Kenny Browne picked out Garry Comerford out on the left side of the penalty area and his cross was fired home from deep inside the penalty area by striker Mark O'Sullivan.

It got better for the hosts three minutes later when Comerford picked up possession of the ball on the right-side of the area after he got in behind the Cabinteely defence to race onto a pass from Kenny Browne before slipping a right-footed shot past Jack Menton from 12 yards.

O'Sullivan went agonisingly close to added a third goal for Waterford on 19 minutes when the attacker beat the offside trap but his attempted left-footed lob of the advancing Menton went just inches wide of the right-hand post.

Waterford missed another great chance to increase their lead with 42 minutes on the clock when John Martin linked up with David McDaid to play Mark O'Sullivan clear on goal but his touch past Jack Menton shaved the outside of the right-hand post.

With the Blues dominant in the first half, they continued their dominance into the early stages in the second half as within two minutes of the restart, David McDaid raced one on one with the visiting keeper Menton but his effort was superbly kept out.

John Martin, who scored a hat-trick against Athlone Town in the previous game, was the next player to go close for the home side on 51 minutes when he took a pass from Mark O'Sullivan on the left-side of the penalty area but his left-footed effort was deflected over the crossbar for a corner kick.

Blues keeper Matthew Connor was called into action to make a smart save eight minutes later when Conor Keeley got his head on the end of a right-wing Evan Galvin free kick but his header at the back post was well kept out by the hand of the netminder.

A third Blues goal did arrive on 79 minutes when a magnificent through ball from John Martin sent Mark O'Sullivan clear on the left-side of the penalty area and he slotted a neat left-footed finish to the far corner of the net from 12 yards.

Martin nearly got his name on the scoresheet less than two minutes later when he took a pass from Mark O'Sullivan but his right-footed shot from 14 yards just cleared the crossbar as the Blues faithful had to be happy with just three goals in a comfortable success.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Robin Dempsey, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy (Conor Whittle `68), Garry Comerford, John Martin (Owen Wall `83), Anthony McAlavey, David McDaid, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh `86)

CABINTEELY: Jack Menton, Adam Harney (Adam Maher `59), Kevin Knight, Conor Keeley, Sean Fitzpatrick, Jack Watson, Joe Doyle, Daire Doyle (Anto Dolan `80), Cory Galvin, Marty Waters, Evan Galvin (Michael Scott `80)

Referee: Eoghan O'Shea. Assistants. Alan Dunne and Eoin Harte.

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