Saturday, 23rd September 2017
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Dundalk too strong for Waterford in second half

Dundalk 3 - Waterford FC 0

Waterford FC bowed out of the EA Sports League Cup at the quarterfinal stage against Premier League kingpins Dundalk as three second half goals gave Stephen Kenny’s side a 3-0 success in a tie played at Oriel Park on Bank Holiday Monday . The final outcome was unfair on the Blues as they more than held their own for long periods but two moments of class from Ciaran Kilduff turned the game on it's head. Waterford will now return to their main priority, promotion when they play Shelbourne at the RSC this Friday.

It was Waterford native Paddy Barrett that picked up the first caution of the game on 21 minutes when he fouled Anthony McAlavey and after Conor Clifford charged down David McDaid’s resulting free kick, he also was issued with a yellow card by referee Neil Doyle.

Blues winger Derek Daly stepped over the ball on the second occasion but his well struck left-footed effort from just outside the penalty area went just inches wide of Dundalk goalkeeper Gabriel Sava’s left-hand post with the netminder stranded.

There was a real let off for the Blues on 35 minutes when referee Doyle played a superb advantage after Ciaran Kilduff was fouled but Dane Massey was unable to capitalise as he fired a left-footed effort inches wide of Matthew Connor’s left-hand post.

The hosts carved out another chance seven minutes later when John Mountney picked up a long ball out on the right channel before bringing the ball on his left-foot but his effort from 20-yards took a deflection that saw the ball go over the crossbar for a corner kick.

Waterford started the second half on the front foot with Tom Smith and Anthony McAlavey linking up well to turn provider for Jack Lynch sixty seconds in but the right-full back flashed a cracking first time right-footed effort from 25 yards flew inches over.

After Matthew Connor failed to hold a cross into the area on 55 minutes, neither Thomas Stewart or Ciaran Kilduff could get on the ball before the latter put his side in front two minutes later when he headed home a right-wing cross from Steven Kinsella.

Dundalk doubled their lead on 72 minutes when Ciaran Kilduff brilliantly flicked the ball across goal from the left-side of the penalty area and Thomas Stewart was on hand at the far post to knock the ball into an empty net to leave the Blues with a mountain to climb.

Gabriel Sava denied the Blues a goal with a tremendous save five minutes later when Swindon loanee Tom Smith picked up the ball on the right-side of the area but his stunning effort that seemed destined for the back of the net was superbly tipped over the crossbar.

The game was put totally out of Waterford’s reach on 79 minutes when Conor Clifford gave keeper Matthew Connor no chance whatsoever when the former Chelsea underage cracked in a fantastic effort from 25-yards that flew into the back of the net.

DUNDALK: Gabriel Sava, Paddy Barrett, Chris Shiels (Sean Hoare `80), John Mountney, Dane Massey, Ciaran Kilduff, Niclas Vemmelund, Conor Clifford, Keith Dalton (Michael Duffy `55), Steven Kinsella (Jamie McGrath `83), Thomas Stewart

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Jack Lynch, Patrick McClean, David Mulcahy, Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy (Garry Comerford `63), Jake Evans, Anthony McAlavey, (Dean Walsh `75) Tom Smith, Shane O’Connor, David McDaid (Mark O’Sullivan `63)

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin)

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