Sunday, 23rd September 2018
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Waterford FC won by a single goal for the second time this season at the Showgrounds when they came out on top on Saturday night last. Earlier in the season a late Courtney Duffus goal gave them a 2-1 win. On this occasion it was Bastein Hery who popped up with the golden winning goal. All five goals were scored in what were a dramatic opening 45 minutes. The win has moved the Blues seven points clear of fourth placed Shamrock Rovers and ten clear of Derry City and with at least three new players available for Friday's match at home to Bohemians (Noel Hunt, Dessie Hutchinson and Noe Baba) there is no doubt that the local side are hell bent on securing European football next season. Waterford started on the front foot against a rather sleepy home side and the visitors took the lead after just four minutes. Jack Keaney was adjudged to have fouled Courtney Duffus 20 yards from goal and Stanley Aborah who was returning from a four match suspension sweetly struck the subsequent fee kick to the top corner of Mitchell Beeney's net. The home side didn't fashion their first chance until the 16th minute, Greg Moorhouse pushed John Mahon's long ball into the path of Caolan McAleer who forced a fine save from the Blues goalkeeper Matthew Connor. Waterford didn't have to wait long for their second goal which arrived on 19 minutes. Izzy Akinade knocked David Webster's free kick from the half-way line into the path of John Martin who found it easy to turn and fire into the opposite corner of the net. The hosts eventually woke from their slumber to half the deficit just short of the half hour mark. David Cawley's sublime through ball found the oncoming Adam Wixted who took one touch to steady himself before shooting past Matthew Connor from an acute angle. Incredibly Get Lyttle's charges found themselves back on level terms just two minutes later when Seamus Sharkey found space to head home Donelon's corner kick. Rovers joy didn't last long however as Waterford found themselves back in the lead on 33 minutes. Lewis Morrison was the guilty party as he allowed Bastien Hery to take control of the ball on the edge of the penalty area and the Frenchman drilled the ball past the diving Mitchel Beeney. The home side went about their attempts to level proceedings in the second half.Greg Moorhouse found the side netting and then Keaney brought an excellent save from Matthew Connor on 64 minutes with a sweet volley. Sligo Rovers had Mitchell Beeney to thank for keeping them in touch on 71 minutes when he got down quickly to guide Izzy Akinan's header around his left upright. Following that incident the home side enjoyed a lot of possession but the Waterford defence were not to be breached for a third time and three valuable points were secured by Alan Reynolds men.

Sligo Rovers. Mitchel Beeney, Seamus Sharkey, John Mahon, Patrick McClean, Regan Donelon, David Cawley, Jack Keaney, Caolan McAleer (Darren Collins 77) Lewis Morrison (Rafael Cretaro 54) Adam Wixted, Greg Moorhouse (Liam Kerrigan 62)

Waterford FC. Matthew Connor, Sander Puri, Kenny Browne, David Webster, Dylan Barnett, Dean O'Halloran, Stanley Aborah (Shane Griffin (46) Bastien Hery, John Martin (John Kavanagh 78) Courtney Duffus (Dean Walsh 90) Izzy Akinade.

Referee: Graham Kelly.


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