Saturday, 26th May 2018
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Waterford crash to Derry in second half at the Brandywell

Derry City 1 Waterford FC 0

Waterford FC lost on the road for a third time this season when they came back home from the Brandywell in Derry pointless on Friday last. Their previous away defeats were at the hands of Dundalk and Cork City.

They had to play this game without the suspended midfield pairing of Bastien Hery and Stanley Oborah and central defender Kenny Browne. Top striker Courtney Duffus was also missing due to the fact that the Brandywell is now an astro turf venue. Sander Puri and Faysel Kasmi came into the middle of the park and Garry Comerford also operated there. Rory Feely replaced Kenny Browne in the heart of the defence. The much changed Blues team did remarkably well during the opening 45 minutes but the second period saw the home side dominate and they scored the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute courtesy of Jack Doyle. This was his first ever goal for the Derry club. Waterford opened up brightly and Rory Feely headed over a Paul Keegan corner kick taken from the right after five minutes. Sander Puri and Gavan Holohan combined superbly on 24 minutes to set up Izzy Akinade and his low shot looked destined for the back of the net but Eoin Toal got back in the nick of time to hack the ball clear. The Blues were awarded a free kick after 34 minutes which was taken by Paul Keegan but once again Rory Feely was unable to keep his header on target. Lawrence Vigouroux, the visiting goalkeeper was not called into action until the 37th minute when he pushed away a cracking shot from 25 yards from Ronan Hale. Shortly afterwards Izzy Akinade was allowed a free run on goal after Eoin Toal had slipped when attempting to clear a long ball from Garry Comerford but the tall Waterford striker never really controlled the ball and Aaron McEneff managed to clear his shot at the expense of a corner kick. As stated the entire course of the game changed when the sides came out for the second half and the hosts went close on 46 minutes when Ronan Curtis was just off target with his head following a great cross from Conor McDermott. Ronan Hale, the highly rated Derry player was beginning to find a lot of space out on the right and he sot across the face of the goal on 49 minutes. The Blues were being forced back at this stage and the breakthrough arrived after 53 minutes. Ronan Hale got free once again out on the right and when he delivered a pin-point cross, Jack Doyle headed to the net with the aid of a slight deflection off John Kavanagh. The home side took a lot of confidence from that goal and they went in search of a second goal and Lawrence Vigouroux had to be at his very best to keep a rasping strike from Ronan Curtis out of his net on 57 minutes. The custodian then showed why he is the best netminder in the league once again after 74 minutes when he somehow manged to keep ut a close range shot from Aaron McEneff. During the remainder of the game the Blues brought on John Martin and Dean Walsh and prior to that Derek Daly and they even moved Rory Feely up front but they were reduced to pumping the ball high upfield and they really did not look like scoring the equaliser. The Blues headed to Richmon Park on Monday to play St Patrick's Athletic and they play hosts to rock bottom Bray Wanderers at the RSC on Friday next.

Derry City. Gerard Doherty, Conor McDermott (Darren Cole `57) Aaron McEneff, Rory Hale, Ronan Curtis, Rory Patterson, Gavin Peers, Eoin Toal, Ronan Hale, Jack Doyle, Nicky Low.

Waterford FC. Lawrence Vigouroux, Garry Comerford (John Martin `70) Paul Keegan, Sander Puri (Dean Walsh `76) Gavan Holohan, Faysel Kasmi, Rory Feely, John Kavanagh, Deve Webster, Dylan Barnett (Derek Daly `70)

Referee, Neil Doyle. Assistants Darragh Keegan and Ciaran Delaney.

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