Tuesday, 17th July 2018
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Nothing gained, nothing lost, Europe still on for Blues

Despite the fact that a massive World Cup quarter-final game between Brazil and Belgium was being televised live a crowd of over 1,800 turned up at the RSC on Friday to watch the Blues play Bohemians in the Premier League. Alan Reynold's men went into the game seven points clear of Shamrock Rovers who were in 4th position. With Europen football guaranteed for the team which will finish in third position this was a big game for the local club as Rovers were playing away to Cork City. Following the two games the standings remained the same because the Hoops also drew in Turners Cross. Waterford's next game is against Shamrock Rovers on Sunday, July 22nd (3.pm kick-off) so that contest will be massive for both clubs. Noe Baba and Dessie Hutchinson made their debuts for the Blues on Friday and player-coach Noel Hunt also lined out although he had to leave the field with cramp early in the second half. The game will be remembered mainly for a brilliant goal scored by the magical Frenchman Bastin Hery. This player is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players ever to play for Waterford.

The Gypsies had the first chance on 11 minutes when Keith Ward took control of the ball on the right side of the penalty area before linking up for Dinny Corcoran but his effort was well saved by Blues keeper Matt Connor. Noel Hunt, who was making his return to the Blues after a long spell across the water, caused panic in the visiting defence three minutes later when racing onto a pass from Hery on the right side of the area but Shane Supple saved his angled effort.

Hunt was back in the thick of the action on 18 minutes when the striker took possession of Paul Keegan pass on the right side of the area but Shane Supple came off his line to deny the Blues assistant manager. Bohemians took the lead from a left-wing corner kick on 31 minutes when Matt Connor produce a top save to tip a Dinny Corcoran effort around the posts but there was no denying the visiting striker from the resulting corner as he headed Kevin Deveaney's near post corner to the roof of the net.

The Blues could have leveled the tie within minutes when Dessie Hutchinson sent in a corner kick from the left that broke to Gavan Holohan but he volloyed a right-footed shot inches over Shane Supple's crossbar. It took another piece of Bastien Hery magic on 64 minutes that yielded the equalising goal when referee Anthony Buttimer played a superb advantage after a foul on Noe Baba. Hery took things into his own hands from the loose ball to cut in from the right before drilling a shot past keeper Shane Supple.

Waterford looked as if they would go onto take all three points from this tie as Rory Feely did well on the left side but his curling effort was saved before Izzy Akinade flashed a 20-yard shot across the face of goal.

Shane Supple produced a quite stunning save two minutes from time when Rory Feely cracked in a shot on the run from 25-yards that took a deflection and from the resulting Paul Keegan corner kick, Supple tipped Izzy Akinade's free header over the bar.

WATERFORD FC:Matthew Connor: Noe Baba, David Webster, Kenny Browne, Dylan Barnett; Paul Keegan, Bastien Hery, Gavan Holohan ( Dean O'Halloran '83), Dessie Hutchinson (Sander Puri '74), Izzy Akinade, Noel Hunt (Rory Feely '48)

BOHEMIAN FC: Shane Supple, Derek Pender,Darragh Leahy, Danj Casey (Dan Byrne '46), Rob Cornwell, Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward (Paddy Kavanagh '74), Kevin Devaney, Oscar Brennan, Keith Buckley, JJLunney

Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork) Assistants Michelle O'Neill and Trevor Cotter.

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