Saturday, 23rd June 2018
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Blues drop points but go back to the top

Waterford are back on top of the First Division once again following this outcome at The City Calling Stadium on Saturday night last.Considering the fact that the Blues missed a penalty after 33 minutes and then had Dave McDaid red cared early in the second period this was an acceptable result for the team. They now lead the table once again on goal difference from Cobh Ramblers who defeated UCD and Cobh are the visitors to the RSC this Friday and the largest crowd to watch a league game at the Kilbarry venue is expected to come and watch the first Munster Derby game of the season.

While Longford Town looked dangerous going forward, they didn't trouble the visitors goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin but Waterford did create several chances but a combination of poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping from Town stopper Paul Skinner kept them at bay.

In the 9th minute Shane O'Connor broke clear down the right and charged into the Town box before pulling the ball back into the path of inrushing striker Davy McDaid whose low side-footed shot was brilliantly saved by Town keeper Paul Skinner.

Twenty minutes elapsed before the next decent opportunity arrived and again it was Waterford who created the chance as Mark O'Sullivan raced into the Town box from the left and played the ball across to Davy McDaid but his shot was deflected narrowly wide off Town defender Stephen Walsh.

Waterford missed a glorious chance to take the lead on 33 minutes when they were awarded a dubious penalty. Mark Langtry fouled Dave Mulcahy but the offence seemed to occur outside the penalty area, however, referee David Keeler awarded a spot kick to the Blues. Up stepped Mark O'Sullivan to take the penalty but Town keeper Skinner guessed right to produce a magnificent save.

Waterford came close again on 40 minutes when a Derek Daly corner was headed back by Garry Comerford but Kenny Browne's header was just inches too high.

The league leaders were reduced to ten players in the 56th minute after striker McDaid was shown a straight red card for a crunching tackle on Town defender Mark Langtry.

Longford should have hit the front on 58 minutes when Dean Zambra's free-kick over the Waterford defence picked out Town striker Enda Curran and his outstretched boot knocked the ball past Waterford keeper Ian McLoughlin for fellow striker Davy O'Sullivan to pounce but somehow he bundled the ball wide.

A mix up between Town players Aidan Friel and Dean Zambra almost gifted Waterford the lead on 62 minutes as it allowed Kenny McEvoy to race clear and he rounded Town keeper Skinner but his goalbound shot from a tight angle was brilliantly cleared by the backtracking Zambra.

Longford came close to breaking the deadlock in the 75th minute only for Davy O'Sullivan's shot to be cleared off the line by Waterford defender Patrick McClean.

Longford again came close on 82 minutes when a superb curling left-wing cross from Noack-Hofman picked out the unmarked David O'Sullivan but he headed just wide of the Waterford post.

David O'Sullivan came close again in the last minute of normal time but his volley on the turn was deflected narrowly wide.Overall this was a good point for Waterford considering the fact that they missed a penalty and had a player red carded.

Longford Town Paul Skinner, Aidan Friel,Daniel O'Reilly, Stephen Walsh, Mark Langtry(Tristan Noack-Hoffman `67) Don Cowan, Dean Zambra, Kevin O'Connor, Jake Kelly, David O'Sullivan, Enda Curran (Dylan McGlade `86)

Waterford FC Ian McLoughlin, Dave Mulcahy, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy (Dean O'Halloran `86) Tom Smith , Garry Comerford, Shane O'Connor, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh `90) Davy McDaid.

Referee. David Keeler. Assistants. Declan Toland and Eoin Harte.


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