Tuesday, 20th February 2018
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Blues Under 19's lose for first time in four months

Waterford FC 1 Cabinteely 3

Waterford FC lost for the first time in four months when they had to give second best to a Cabinteely side who finished the game strongly on Sunday at the RSC. The previous day the Stradbrook based club also ended the unbeaten record of the Waterford Under 17 team. Despite this loss the Under 19 team have qualified for the Shield which is a knockout tournament and that competition will get underway within the next three weeks. The Under 17 side remain top of their league section also and they play at home to Cobh Ramblers this Saturday at 2.00pm. The Waterford FC first team host Shelbourne on Friday at the RSC at 7.45pm, a game which hopefully will see the club take another giant step towards promotion.

The Blues created the first chance of the match on four minutes when Shane Griffin slipped the ball into the path of Justin Croke, who turned superbly in the area but his left-footed effort from 14 yards was saved by visiting keeper Sean Hyland.

Cabinteely nearly broke the deadlock five minutes later when a long ball from defender Andrew Trawley picked out the head of attacker Ryan Hannon but after getting to the ball before Blues keeper Paul Martin, his header went inches wide of the left-hand post.

Darryl Walsh went close to scoring an amazing goal with 18 minutes on the clock when the central defender got on the ball on the halfway line and after spotting keeper Hyland off his line, his magical effort just whistled inches wide of the right-hand post.

The visitors got themselves in front less than three minutes later when Paul Fox whipped in a brilliant free kick from the left that found the head of the unchallenged Andrew McGovern at the back post and he beat keeper Martin with a neat header from ten yards.

Martin had to be at his best to deny Cabinteely a second goal on 28 minutes when he saved well from Andrew Trawley after he got on the end of another Fox delivery before the home side were back on level terms less than ten minutes later.

Owen Wall split the visiting defence with a super pass that picked out Justin Croke on the right-side of the penalty area and he held his nerve to drill a low right-footed effort past Sean Hyland from 16 yards before Shane Griffin should have done better with a good chance minutes later however he fired wide from a great position.

Sean Hyland had to be at his best to keep out a cracking strike from Darryl Walsh on the stroke of the half time whistle before the second half failed to deliver the same type of quality of the first half. After Walsh went close with a free kick, it was Cabinteely that regained their lead on 74 minutes.

Jordan Andre was the man that got a bit of space for himself on the left-side of the penalty area to meet a cross from Ryan Burke and although Jack Dolan did get his hand to the effort from the centre forward, the ball found the net with the aid of the right-hand post.

Waterford failed to put the visiting side under as much pressure in the second half and it was a stunning third goal in injury time that secured all three points from Cabinteely as Fox took a quick free kick to Ronan O’Kelly and he gave Jack Dolan no chance with a cracking left-footed strike that found the top corner of the net.

WATERFORD FC: Paul Martin (Jack Dolan `46), Cian Flanagan (Adam Conway `79), Darragh Corcoran, Tunmise Sobowale, Shane Griffin, Eddie Black (Eoghan Rea `70), Sean Roche, Justin Croke (Matthew McKevitt `73), Michael Carroll (Dara Keane `63)

CABINTEELY: Sean Hyland, Conor Murphy (Ronan O’Kelly `87), Andrew McGovern, Jamie Broderick, Andrew Trawley (Craig Canty `70), Jack Hudson, Sean Price (Ryan Burke `57), Paul Fox, Jordan Andre, Ryan Hannon (Eoin Stokes `70), Avis Ganiyu

Referee: John Ferncombe assisted by Gavin Keyes and Noel Ryan.

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