Saturday, 16th December 2017
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Waterford record second win of the week

Having beaten Wexford two nil the previous Teusday, the Waterford Under 15 side defeated Kerry at a rain soaked RSC on Saturday afternoon and they remain very much on track to cement a play-off position in what is the first season of this competition. Francis Rockett's outfit have lots of exciting players and they were determined to beat their opponents because the team from the Kingdom came out on top in Mount Hawk Park some weeks ago.

Waterford took the lead with the first attack of the game after 5 minutes. Abel Alabi took out the Kerry defence with a peach of a ball and Robert Bulmer displayed wonderful composure and he found the far corner of the net from just inside the left side of the penalty area. The Kerry side equalised two minutes later when Sean Kennedy finished off an excellent three man move involving Leo Gaxhia and Sean McGrath along with the goalscorer. The Blues regained their lead on 12 minutes. Kacper Zajac sent over a well flighted corner kick from the right. Kyle Cuddy headed the ball off an upright but Donal Porter was well placed to head home from close range. Waterford were awarded a free kick after 22 minutes and the dead ball expert Kacper Zajac gave the Kerry goalkeeper Dylan Donovan no chance from 20 yards. Sean McGrath, who enjoyed a wonderful game for the visitors almost pulled a goal back on 28 minutes when he let fly with a free kick from 25 yards but the ball struck the inside of an upright and rolled across the line before Donal Porter hacked the ball to safety. Waterford were put under pressure during the early stages of the second half and goalkeeper Kyle Shelly had to be at his very best to keep out an angled strike from Leo Gaxhia. However it was the home side who found the net after 54 minutes when Donal Porter headed homed his second goal of the game after he rose high to meet an inch perfect right win flag kick taken by Kacper Zajac. Leadind 4-1 at that stage a lot of substitutes were brought on and Kerry took full advantage and they began to take control of the contest and Sean McGrath pulled them back into the game with a blistering strike from 25 yards on 58 minutes. The ball entered the net with the aid of the underside of the crossbar. The fat was well and truly thrown into the fire when Sean Kennedy netted his second goal on 62 minutes and what a goal it proved to be. He unleashed an unstoppable piledriver from 30 yards and the ball flew into the roof of the net. That score stirred the hosts back into action and Ethan Flynn was unlucky to see a close range effort come back off an upright following good work by Ian Flynn out on the right. The much needed 5th Waterford goal arrived just before the finish when Ian Flynn got in another superb cross from the right and this time Kacper Zajac who had returned to the action after been replaced earlier touched home from inside the six yards box.

Waterford FC. Kyle Shelly, Killian Griffin, Cian Browne, Donal Porter, Ethan Flynn, Scott Delahunty, Ian Flynn, Abel Alabi, Kyle Cuddy, Kacper Zajac, Robert Bulmer.

Subs used. Sam Morrissey, Jack Deegan, Dean Larkin, Sean Maher, Ravelli Kilonda, Charlie Binions.

Kerry. Dylan Donovan, Junior Akanta, Will Shine, Eliah Riordan, Ted Moloney, Soni Konmani, Daniel Akute, Owen Benson, Leo Gaxhia, Sean McGrath, Sean Kennedy.

Subs used. Jack Beehan, Gavin Dooley, Philip Evans, Rob Vasili, Kian Brosnan.

Referee. Ian O'Keeffe. Assistants. John Falconer and Jim Kealy.

Good win for Under 19 team

The Waterford FC Under 19 team defeated Wexford FC in the Shield competition in Ferrycarrig Park on Sunday afternoon. Sean Roche and and Darryl Walsh had the Blues leading two nil at the interval. Tunmise Sobowale and Owen Wall scored second half goals to secure a 4-0 victory

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