Sunday, 20th May 2018
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Blues held at home by Sligo Rovers

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Waterford FC recorded their first draw of the season in league football when they had to settle for a point against Sligo Rovers at the RSC on Friday night last. The outcome brought an end to the Blues one hundred per cent winning run at the Kilbarry venue but the unbeaten run continues.

The final result keeps the Blues in the top three. Unfortunately another Waterford player was sent off in this contest. David Webster, the central defender was struck by red mist on 74 minutes and after an alleged incident with defender Jack Keaney he was asked to take an early shower. For the first time this season, Bastien Hery, Stanley Aborah, Paul Keegan and Faysel Kasmi all played in the middle of the park but for some reason or another the team did not sparkle on the night against a Sligo team who were determined to get something from the game. The visitors never gave the home players time to settle on the ball and they went home extremely happy with their point. The two teams will meet once again in the EA Sports Cup on May 8th in the Showgrounds. Alan Reynolds and his men had to park this display quickly as they had to travel to Dublin on Monday to play Bohemians in Dalymount Park.

The home side started brightly and were in front after just eight minutes through an unfortunate own goal. Paul Keegan whipped in the corner from the left and it struck the back of Sligo Rovers centre-half Kyle McFadden and ended up in the back of the net.

Waterford striker Courtney Duffus saw his effort blocked midway through the half before the visitors created a good chance of their own. Rhys McCabe sent in the free kick to find Eduardo Pinceli and his overhead kick forced Waterford keeper Vigouroux into a save.

Waterford's Faysel Kasmi was next to threaten for Waterford but he couldn't get his header on target before the visitors had a chance to level on 44 minutes when Pinceli and McCabe combined to set up Alex Wixted but he fired wide.

Sligo Rovers did equalise in the third added minute of the half when Eduardo Pinceli whipped in the corner from the right and it was Raffaele Cretaro that sent his header beyond Waterford keeper Lawrence Vigouroux. This was not the first time Waterford conceded a goal from a set piece this season and it's an aspect of their play which will have to be addressed during the remainder of the campaign.

Courtney Duffus had two chances to put the Blues back in front on the hour mark when his first effort was superbly blocked by Pinceli before a goal line clearance from John Mahon denied the striker.

The game looked to swing in Waterford favour after Rovers captain Kyle McFadden was sent off after picking up a second yellow card on 71 minutes before refeee Robert Harvey issued his second red of the night three minutes later when David Webster was shown a straight red card after an off the ball clash with Jack Keaney. The two clashed in the six yards box following a Paul Keegan corner kick.

Duffus had the final chance of the game late on when he cracked in a shot from the edge of the penalty area but his effort flew over the crossbar of Rovers keeper Mitchell Beeney as the game finished in a draw.

Waterford FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Garry Comerford, Kenny Browne, David Webster, Derek Daly; Stanley Aborah (Rory Feely '85), Paul Keegan, Bastien Hery, Faysel Kasmi (Gavan Holohan 63); Courtney Duffus, Izzy Akinade (Dean O'Halloran '85)

Sligo Rovers: Mitchell Beeney, Calum Waters, Patrick McClean (Regan Donelon 46), Kyle McFadden, John Mahon, Gary Boylan (Adam Wixted 38), Rhys McCabe, Jack Keaney,, Eduardo Pinceli, Greg Moorhouse, Raffaele Cretaro (Caolan McAleer `68)

Referee: Robert Harvey (Dublin) Assistants Mark Gavin and Alan Dunne.

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