Wednesday, 21st February 2018
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Second pre-season win for new look Blues

Waterford FC 4 Wexford FC 1

Waterford FC made it two pre-season wins from two after a 4-1 win at home to Wexford FC on a cold Friday night at the RSC. The previous Tuesday evening they had defeated Tramore 1-0 in Graun Park. Manager Alan Reynolds selected a strong starting eleven for this game and it is worth nothing that four of the new signings were the goalscorers. David Webster, Izzy Akinade, Bastien Hery and Gavan Holohan were the players who found the back of the net and that fact augurs well for the season ahead.

Wexford FC had a great early chance as two former Blues players combined. Sean Hurley drove forward from left back and found the run of Owen Wall – but his strike couldn’t find the far corner and rolled past the post.

Wall went close again when he picked up possession 25 yards from goal but his curling effort over Waterford keeper Niall Corbet drifted high above the crossbar.

Waterford FC took the lead after nine minutes. Derek Daly’s cross was deflected wide with Paul Keegan sending in the resulting corner. Patrick McClean saw his ow effort blocked on the line before David Webster fired home the rebound past Wexford keeper Danny Bolger.

The home side thought they’d made it 2-0 after 14 minutes. Ismahil Akinade was fouled and Paul Keegan stepped up to curl the ball into the top corner; only for referee Andrew Mullally to award a free kick to Wexford for an infringement as the kick was taken.

Waterford FC did make it 2-0 after 24 minutes through Ismahil Akinade. Sander Puri made progress down the right before his strike was cleared off the line by Wexford centre-back Ross Kenny but Akinade was on-hand to head the ball past the line of Wexford defenders to double the lead.

It was 3-0 on the stroke of half time. Puri’s strike was deflected over for a corner for Paul Keegan to fire an in-swinging corner to the front post. Bastien Hery got a touch on the ball before he found the net with a deflection off Ross Kenny.

Wexford scored 11 minutes into the second half with a great sweeping move. Shane Barnes played a brilliantly weighted ball through for Aaron Dobbs to race past McClean and fire low past Waterford keeper Corbet.

Four minutes later, Waterford added another their fourth goal to make it 4-1; Gavan Holohan picking up possession and firing an unstoppable strike into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to make it two wins from two in a week. Next up for Waterford FC is another home game against Cabinteely this Friday and the kick-off time will once again be at 7.00pm.

Waterford FC: Niall Corbet; Rory Feely, Patrick McClean, David Webster, Trialist A; Sander Puri, Gavan Holohan, Paul Keegan, Bastien Hery, Derek Daly; Ismahil Akinade

Subs Used: John Kavanagh, Darryl Walsh, Dean Walsh, Dean O’Halloran, Shane Griffin, John Martin, Trialist B, Trialist C

Wexford FC: Danny Bolger; Ross Kenny, Owen McCormack, Conor Sutton; Liam McCartan Aaron O’Connor, Chris Kenny, Dean George, Sean Hurley; Danny Doyle, Owen Wall.

Subs Used: John Morgan, Shane Barnes, Mark Slater, Aaron Dobbs, Mikey Byrne, Colum Feeney, Trialist A, Trialist B, Trialist C.

Referee. Andrew Mullally. Assistants. Richie Brazil and Adam Tszample.

John Kavanagh signs on loan from Cork City

Waterford FC is delighted to announce that the club has secured the services of John Kavanagh on loan from Cork City for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Premier Division season due to get underway on Friday, 16th February against Derry City at the RSC.

Kavanagh, who went on loan to Cobh Ramblers in July from the Turners Cross club, missed the majority of the past two seasons through injury but the defender will be hoping that he can rekindle the form that he showed at Cork back in 2015.

The 23-year-old joined Cork City to play in the Under 19 League in 2011 and was part of the double winning side that year, before making his Senior debut for the club in a Munster Senior Cup game against Rockmount in 2012.

Speaking on joining the Blues in a season long loan the player said:

“Waterford is a great place to be at the minute; everyone can see that the club has added very well to what was already a strong squad.

“I am really looking forward to getting started. The RSC pitch and facilities are up there with the best in the league and everything points to the club being progressive on and off the field in 2018.

“I've always enjoyed playing down here in Waterford and with the help of the Blues' fans we hope to make it a real fortress for the season ahead.”

Waterford FC's Alan Reynolds added:

“I'm pleased to have John on board for the 2018 season, as he is a defender who has the experience of already having played in the Premier Division.

He has been a bit unlucky with injuries over the past couple of seasons but I'm sure that he'll get back to his best to fulfil his potential. He is another young player who will give us options in defence and he will fit nicely into our squad ahead of the new season.”

John, who will don the number 17 jersey for the upcoming season, made his first appearance in a Blues' shirt in Tuesday night's 1-0 friendly win over Tramore AFC.

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