Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Dundalk break Waterford

hearts with stoppage time goal

A patched up Waterford team were just seconds away from earning a draw against Dundalk on Friday last but with the last move of the game, four minutes into stoppage time the hosts scored a fortuitous goal to take the three points. It was a heartbreaking defeat but nevertheless the Blues team showed that they can compete against the very best despite having to plan without star performers Paul Keegan, Bastien Hery, Courtney Duffus and Izzy Akinade. Dundalk did create the majority of the goalscoring chances but it was the timing of the only goal of the contest which upset the Waterford players and supporters.

Dylan Barnett put in a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Dundalk striker Robbie Benson on five minutes that forced the first corner before Garry Comerford had to cover for opposite full back John Kavanagh minutes later to cut out the danger from Dane Massey.

Gavan Holohan started a move that could have yielded a goal for the visitors on 17 minutes as his pass picks out the run of Sander Puri out on the right-side and after he fed the ball to Derek Daly, his effort seemed to be tipped over the bar by Gary Rogers but referee Rob Harvey somehow awarded a goal kick.

A neat Waterford move carved out another chance three minutes later when Sander Puri got free down the left however defender Chris Shields put in a superb block before Dean O’Halloran’s right-wing cross on 25 minutes was knocked down into the path of Stanley Aborah but he hooked a left-footed shot wide of the target.

Lawrence Vigouroux showed his sheer class to deny the hosts the lead goal on the half hour mark when Patrick Hoban fed the ball into the feet of Karolis Chvedukas on the right-side of the penalty area but his stinging right-footed shot was somehow tipped around the posts by the Blues netminder.

It was the Swindon loanee that came to the Blues rescue once again five minutes later when Michael Duffy got free down the left before crossing into the area for Dane Massey but the strike from the skipper was again kept out by the visiting keeper as the sides went in level at the sound of Rob Harvey’s whistle.

The second half was less than a minute old when the home side missed a glorious chance to take the lead when Michael Duffy got free down the left-wing before fizzing a ball across the face of goal but Patrick Hoban couldn’t connect from close-range.

Dundalk created a golden opportunity to get their noses in front on 51 minutes when Chris Shields slipped the ball into the feet of Michael Duffy who got past the challenge of Stanley Aborah but after his low shot was saved by Vigouroux, Dane Massey blazed the rebound high and wide of a gaping goal.

Hoban did have the ball in the back of the Waterford net soon afterwards when he touched home a parried effort from Jamie McGrath but the flag was raised for offside before Gavan Holohan latched onto the ball at the other end on 57 minutes however couldn’t direct his effort on target.

Ronan Murray was only on the field less than 30 seconds when he could have put his side in front as he raced to the near post to meet a cross from Michael Duffy but he failed to hit the target. John Martin raced clear at the other end on 73 minutes but with only keeper Gary Rogers, he came off his line to deny the attacker.

Blues captain for the night Gavan Holohan should have done a lot better with a chance that came his way seconds later when the midfielder took a pass from Martin but he couldn’t direct his left-footed shot from deep inside the area on target.

With four added minutes indicated, it was in the final seconds when Michael Duffy sent in a cross from the left that was headed on by Patrick Hoban, but the unfortunate Garry Comerford deflected the ball past his own keeper Lawrence Vigouroux for a goal that broke the hearts of the Waterford fans.

DUNDALK FC: Gary Rogers, Sean Gannon, Sean Hoare, Chris Shields (Stephen O’Donnell `84), Michael Duffy, Patrick Hoban, Jamie McGrath (Marco Tagbajumi `78), Karolis Chvedukas (Ronan Murray `71), Dane Massey, Robbie Benson, Daniel Cleary

WATERFORD FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, John Kavanagh, Dave Webster, Kenny Browne, Dylan Barnett, Gavan Holohan, Stanley Aborah (Paul Keegan `75), Garry Comerford, Sander Puri, Derek Daly (John Martin `65), Dean O’Halloran

Referee: Rob Harvey.


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