Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Blues Complete Niall Corbet Move

Waterford FC secured the capture of PFAI First Division Goalkeeper of the Year Niall Corbet from UCD. The 23-year-old shot-stopper is the second player from County Laois to join the club for the new season, following in the footsteps of fellow PFAI First Division Team of the Year member, Garry Comerford. With interest high in Corbet, the Blues fought off stiff competition for the midlander's signature, following his eye catching performances between the sticks for ‘The Students’ during 2017. Niall started 27 of a possible 28 league games last season and kept three clean sheets in his final four league outings to finish 2017 strongly. He will compete with Tramore man Matthew Connor in 2018 for the starting berth heading into the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign.Speaking on signing for the Blues, Niall commented:"I am delighted to sign for Waterford and I look forward to the challenge of full time football in 2018. Playing against the club four times last year you could clearly see something big was happening."I spoke with several players at the club and they spoke very highly of the management team and structure in place, the levels of professionalism on display at the club was a big attraction to me. ”Leaving UCD wasn’t easy for Corbet who spent six years at Belfield. Commenting on his former club, Corbet remarked:"I had a great six years at UCD. The club did a lot for me during that time and I will always have fond memories of playing with UCD at every level from U19, Leinster Senior League, Premier Division and First Division. UCD gave me the opportunity to play at the top level and trusted me with their number 1 jersey; I owe them a lot for my development as a goalkeeper during my time at the club.” Corbet is under no illusion that the step up to the Premier Division for both himself and his new club won’t be an easy challenge but it is one that he relishes. He added:"Waterford were very strong last season. They attracted some top players and you could see that in the way they played exciting football. They had a huge following which made it such an enjoyable game experience each time I played at the RSC."I have a big challenge ahead with Matt (Connor) who is obviously a top keeper, so having a weekly battle with him will hopefully push us both on and help our development as well as benefiting the team overall. We will be facing strong opposition every week so that competition has to drive both us to perform on the pitch.”Corbet becomes the fourteenth member of the Blues' squad to be named ahead of its return to the top flight of Irish football for the first time in ten years.

Hibernians hit Villa for seven Waterford Premier League leaders and the current champions Hibernians recorded a facile seven nil victory over the Villa in Connors Park on Saturday night last. Mark O'Keeffe scored a hat-trick . Kenny Purcell netted a brace and Walter Croke and David Cooley were also on the mark.

Tramore remain in the top three after they defeated Southend United three nil in Graun Park. Dean Kennedy scored two of the Seagull's goals and Stephen Grant netted their third. All of the other games down for decision on Sunday and the Munster Cup game between Waterford Crystal and Bohemians were postponed due to the snow which fell on the morning of the scheduled games.

Fine FAI Junior Cup victory for Ferrybank Ferrybank followed up their superb three nil victory over the Villa in the FAI Junior Cup last week when they defeated Railway Union 3-1 in Sandymount, Co Dublin on Saturday and they will now take their place in Round 6. They will have to travel once again to play either Rathmullan or Innisvilla FC in the last 32. Richard Gaffney's side had to travel to Sandymount to play a team who were unbeaten all season in all competitions and in their last FAI Cup game they defeated the hotly fancied Cherry Orchard 3-1. Star man for the Abbeylands outfit was Meschac Babatu who netted a sparkling hat-trick. Railway Union scored a late goal but this was an excellent result for a Ferrybank team who are also going great guns in the Premier League. They lost out to St Saviour's a few weeks ago in the Munster Cup but they have found their mojo since that surprise defeat and they can now look forward to another big day in the FAI Junior Cup in the middle of January.


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