Wednesday, 21st February 2018
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Waterford FC record victory No 3

Cobh Ramblers 0 - Waterford FC 1

Having lost to Cabinteely the previous Friday Waterford FC got back to winning ways in St Coleman's Park on Wednesday night last. The game was played on a heavy pitch due to the fact that torrential rain fell for many hours before the game. During the course of the 90 minutes sleet and snow showers were the order of the day and conditions were extremely poor for players and spectators alike. The Blues manager Alan Reynolds started the game with a strong eleven and although they only scored one goal this was a game they dominated throughout. This was their 4th pre-season game in total. Following victories over Tramore and Wexford and then the loss to Cabinteely the new look squad will now play Shelbourne at the RSC on Friday at 7.30pm in what will be their final friendly before the big one on Friday, Ferbuary 16th, the visit of Derry City which of course will be Waterford's first game in the Premier League for the first time in ten years.

Waterford were the first team to launch an attack after 12 minutes of play. Stanley Aborah sprayed a delightful pass out wide left to Bastien Hery who in turn pulled the ball back to Paul Keegan but the Blues captain was just off target with an effort from the edge of the 18 yards box. The visitors dominated the middle of the park after that but it was the hosts who went close on 37 minutes. Dave Hurley did well to get past David Webster and he slipped the ball through to Cian Leonard who fired in a low shot from just inside the left side of the penalty area but Niall Corbet in the Waterford goal did well to keep the ball out of his net with his legs at his near post.The Blues regained their composure after that scare and Stanley Aborah tried his luck from 25 yards just before the break but the ball went narrowly over Paul Hunt's crossbar. The Waterford team showed one change for the start of the second half. Patrick McClean replaced Kenny Browne and five minutes into the second period the Blues scored what proved to be the winning goal. Bastien Hery played the ball forward to Izzy Akiande who let fly with a low shot on the run. The ball looked destined for the net but the Ramblers captain and goalkeeper Paul Hunt did well to touch the ball around his upright. Paul Keegan took the resultant corner-kick from the left and Rory Feely headed to the net at the near post from close range. The remainder of the contest saw Alan Reynold's men rule the roost without really threatening the host goal. That said Paul Keegan almost made it two nil in the dying minutes with a well taken free kick but Paul Hunt produced an excellent save.

Cobh Ramblers. Paul Hunt, Kevin Taylor, Ian Mylod, Ben O'Riordan, Jack Lynch, James McSweeney, Darren Murphy, Anthony McAlavey, Cian Leonard, Dave Hurley, Karl Caulfield, Adam Mylod, John Dineen, Adam O'Sullivan, Stephen Christopher, Denzil Fernades, Jaze Kabia, Michael Sadys, Charlie Fleming.

Waterford FC. Niall Corbet, Trialist A, Derek Daly, John Kavanagh, Paul Keegan, Kenny Browne, David Webster, Stanley Aborah, Bastien Hery, Rory Feely, Izzy Akiande.

Subs. Patrick McClean for Browne (46) Sander Puri for Aborah (62) Gavan Holohan for Akiande (68). Subs not used. Kasmi Faysel, Matthew Connor.

Referee. Dave Keeler (Cork)

Alan Reynolds admitted after the game that he was pleased with the outcome of the 90 minutes despite the terrible conditions. ``I was delighted with the game and I know the pitch was heavy but I told the players that we may have to play on pitches like that when we play away in the league. Our pre-season schedule has been tough on the players but they are getting there and they are getting a lot sharper with every outing. We passed the ball well all through and that was pleasing. Rory Feely did well out on the right and he scored a good goal. He gives us options on that side of the park. He is a game lad and he is learning all of the time. It was good to have Kenny Browne back tonight. I have always said he is one of the best defenders in the league. He still has some work to do but he will be a big player for us. He is working hard and he is getting there which is great. As I said our training has been tough but I can see an improvement with every match and we are looking forward to our last pre-season game against Shelbourne and then of course the big one against Derry City on the 16th'' When quizzed on extra signings Alan answered ``We are nearly full up and at the minute . Would I like some new signings € Of course I would ! but I'm not sure at the moment.''

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