Thursday, 23rd November 2017
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Waterford return to the top of the pile

Waterford FC 1  Shelbourne  0

Following two draws in the league, Waterford returned to winning ways in front of almost 1,500 fans at the RSC on Friday night last. They also returned to the top of the league table due to the fact that the leaders prior to this match, Cobh Ramblers lost away to Athlone Town.Waterford have now got a total of 22 points, one clear of UCD who defeated Wexford. Waterford will play Wexford this Friday in Ferrycarrig Park and it will be a case of first V bottom because the South East neighbours are rock bottom with a total of four points. 

Dayle Rooney created the first chance of the game inside the opening minute of the tie when he tried his luck with a speculative lob from 25-yards but his effort whistled inches over the crossbar of Blues goalkeeper Matthew Connor.

It was Connor that produced the goods to make a fine save to deny the visitors the lead goal on 12 minutes when Jack Tuite played the ball back into the path of Mark Hughes on the right side of the area but his effort was saved at the near post.

The Blues took the lead with their first attack on 19 minutes when Derek Daly sent over a left-wing corner kick that found the head of centre forward Mark O’Sullivan and he powered an unstoppable header past keeper Dean Delany from six yards.

David McDaid had a good chance to double the Waterford lead three minutes before the half time whistle when the centre forward got clear on the right-side of the penalty area but he failed to spot the run of teammate Mark O’Sullivan before having his effort blocked by defender Derek Prendergast.

In a second half of limited chances, the hosts always looked comfortable but were dealt a massive blow with 68 minutes on the clock as central defender Patrick McClean went forward for a corner kick however he damaged his shoulder before leaving the fray.

Mark O’Sullivan was denied his second goal of the game on 75 minutes when the centre forward latched onto a long throw from the right from Garry Comerford but his stunning right-footed effort was saved by the legs of Dean Delany.

Derek Daly swing in the resulting corner kick from the left that was met at the near post by defender Jack Lynch but his effort was just inches wide of the near post with Shelbourne keeper Delany beaten as the Blues tried to get their second goal.

Blues defender Conor Whittle came to his sides rescue in the final minute of the tie when Aaron Ashe latched onto the ball on the edge of the penalty area but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked as Waterford returned to the summit of the table.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Robin Dempsey, Patrick McClean (Jack Lynch `68), David Mulcahy, Derek Daly, Garry Comerford, Shane O’Connor, Anthony McAlavey, Kenny McEvoy (Owen Wall `88), Mark O’Sullivan. David McDaid (Conor Whittle `84)

SHELBOURNE: Dean Delany; Jack Tuite, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Reece McEnteer, James O’Brien (Aaron Ashe `64), David O’Leary, Mark Hughes, Adam Evans, Dayle Rooney, Jackson Ryan (Lorcan Shannon `83)

Referee: David Keeler.

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