Friday, 20th July 2018
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Cabinteely defeat ten man Blues

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Waterford FC lost out to Cabinteely at the RSC on Friday night last in what was their third pre-season game. Following victories over Tramore and Wexford it was expected that the Blues would record their third win but the entire course of the game changed just after the half hour mark when Stanley Aborah was sent off by the match referee Sean Grant. The player in question was making his debut and the former Ajax, Notts County and Portsmouth player will remember this match for a long time to come. He was keen to impress and perhaps that fact played a part in his dismissal. It looked as if he had been fouled by a Cabinteely player but the free kick was awarded against him and he made his feelings known to the official and as a result he was sent for an early shower. It was a pity because it ruined the game for the large attendance.

With the Blues forced to play the second half with ten men, they failed to really cause their opponents any real problems and were left disappointed with the concession of two sloppy goals that were costly in terms of the result come the final whistle.

Patrick McClean could have put the hosts in front on 13 minutes when the central defender rose highest at the back post to meet a left-wing Dean O'Halloran corner kick but his header was into the side netting before Gavan Holohan raced clear on goal sixty seconds later however he shot straight at keeper Stephen McGuinness.

Garry Comerford whipped in a set piece from the right side just two minutes later that saw striker Izzy Akinade get his head to the ball but his close-range header lacked power as keeper McGuinness saved as the Blues started on the front foot.

The Blues struck the front with a sweeping move on 23 minutes when Gavan Holohan picked up possession of the ball before splitting the Cabinteely defence that saw Akinade leave the ball run for Dean O'Halloran and he planted a low right-footed shot to the net from 14 yards.

Wexford referee Sean Grant became centre of attention nine minutes later as the Blues were reduced to ten players when the match official failed to give Stanley Aborah a free kick. After the midfielder play was judged to have fouled a Cabinteely, he took issue with the referee and yellow turned to red in the space of seconds.

It has to be said that the sending off of the Blues player really changed the whole game as a contest and became a bit scrappy. Cabinteely drew level with a lucky break on 51 minutes when Paul Fox whipped in a free kick that deflected into the path of Sean Bugazzi and he had a simple task in firing past Matthew Connor from six yards.

Izzy Akinade burst through the Cabinteely defence at the other end minutes later but was brought to ground just outside the area however the resulting Garry Comerford free kick was straight into the visiting wall before the rebound was also blocked.

In a second half of very few chances the Blues conceded a very soft goal on 79 minutes when goalkeeper Niall Corbet failed to clear his lines after playing the ball straight to Ryan Hannon and he played the ball back over the keeper to the back of an empty net from the edge of the penalty area.

Waterford will return to pre-season action when they travel to take on Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman's Park on this Wednesday evening with a 7.30pm before facing their final challenge game ahead of the 2018 Premier Division campaign on Friday, February 9 when Shelbourne travel to the RSC.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor (Niall Corbet `68), Garry Comerford (Derek Daly `57), Patrick McClean (Trialist B `84), Sander Puri, Gavan Holohan, Stanley Aborah, Dean O'Halloran (Trialist A `84), John Kavanagh (Rory Feely `57), David Webster, Bastien Héry (Paul Keegan `57), Izzy Akinade (Faysel Kasmi `57)

CABINTEELY: Stephen McGuinness (Peter Quinlan `86), Conor Keeley (Sean Fitzpatrick `80), Sean Bugazzi, Karl Byrne, Robert McGee (Paul Fox `23) (Dillon Rowe `76), Eoghan Morgan (Clayton Maher `54), Jack Watson, Keith Dalton (Luke Clucas `60), Dean Casey (Ryan Hannon ``76), Stephen Ball (Michael Scott `60)

Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford)

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