Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Sub standard Blues slip to fourth

Waterford FC lost vital ground in the race for European football next season when they were outclassed by St Patrick's Athletic in Richmond Park on Friday night last. Shamrock Rovers who beat Dundalk the previous Tuesday recorded another victory against Bray Wanderers on Friday and they are now two points clear of the Blues. Waterford's destiny is still in their own hands however as they have to play the Hopps next month but Waterford will have to improve greatly from this sub standard display in Inchicore. They did not lay a glove on the hosts and hopefully this Friday's FAI Cup quarter-final away to UCD will get them back on track once again.

The Blues had much of the early possession, but a lapse of concentration from Bastien Hery on eight minutes saw Jake Keegan nearly take advantage when the saints attacker spotted Matt Connor slightly off his line however his ambitious effort from distance went wide of the left-hand post.

Bastien Hery opened the saints' defence on 22 minutes when his magnificent pass sent Sander Puri clear down the left-side, but his low shot was saved by Brendan Clarke before the Estonian International had a carbon copy of that chance superbly tipped around the posts sixty seconds later.

The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead just past the half hour mark when Achille Campion turned Blues defender Kenny Browne before playing the perfect pass for Jake Keegan, but the centre forward blazed wide from 12 yards.

It was Sander Puri that could have put the Blues in front in a cagey affair on the stroke of the half time whistle when he raced at the St. Pats defence before firing in a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area after keeper Brendan Clarke parried the ball, Gavan Holohan just couldn't react quickest as the ball was cleared.

The home side broke the deadlock on 54 minutes when Markey took a pass from Ian Bermingham down the left-channel and after his shot from deep inside the penalty area was saved by keeper Connor, Achille Campion was on hand to hammer the loose ball to the net for his first goal for the saints.

Courtney Duffus should have done better with a chance that came his way less than five minutes later when he got on the end of a lay-off from Izzy Akinade on the right-side of the penalty area, but his angled effort was wide of the far post.

Things got even better for the home side on 68 minutes when Ian Bermingham whipped in a brilliant corner kick from the right that picked out the head of the unchallenged Michael Leahy and he guided a fine header to the far corner of the net past a hapless Matthew Connor.

Duffus did have an opportunity to half the deficit six minutes later when the centre forward linked up Bastien HEry on the left-side of the penalty area, but his right-footed effort from inside the penalty area flew inches over the crossbar.

Leahy grabbed a third goal from another set piece on 83 minutes when he rose to meet a right-wing Ian Bermingham free kick and he was left unmarked to plant a header to the back of the net from deep inside the penalty area.

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