Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Classy Blues far too

powerful for Limerick

Waterford FC remain just one point behind the leaders Cork City following this brilliant win in the Markets Field on Friday night last. Every single player played his part in this latest victory and there was not a weak link in the team.Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, John Kavanagh, Dylan Barnett, Dave Webster and Kenny Browne were superb in defence. Kenny Browne was in fact making his 345th League of Ireland appearance and this was undoubtedly one of his best displays ever during his honour laden career. Midfielders Stanley Aborah, Bastien Hery, Paul Keegan and Gavan Holohan ruled their area of the pitch and Courtney Duffus scored another spectacular goal to bring his total to four for the month of March. John Martin and the substitutes Sander Puri, Derek Daly and Izzy Akinade also produced moments of magic. Quite simply it was one of those great nights to be a Waterford fan and indeed a player. Next up is the massive home game against Cork City this Friday and the RSC will be packed to the rafters for this clash between the age old Munster rivals.

After scoring a brace in the home win against Shamrock Rovers, it was Courtney Duffus that carved out the first chance on six minutes when he took a pass from Gavan Holohan on the left-side of the penalty area but Limerick FC keeper Brendan Clarke made a smart save at his near post.

It was Duffus that forced the home keeper into another save on 16 minutes when he picked up a knockdown from John Martin on the edge of the penalty area but his deflected right-footed shot was saved by Clarke as the Blues took up the early running.

Blues keeper Lawrence Vigouroux came to his sides rescue less than sixty seconds later when Will Fitzgerald got clear on the left side of the area to meet a free kick taken from inside the Limerick half but the netminder stood tall to make a brilliant stop.

Shane Duggan called Vigouroux into action once again on 22 minutes when he cracked in a shot from distance that the on-loan Swindon player saved before Courtney Duffus scored his fourth goal of the season less than sixty seconds later.

The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 International, who is loan from Oldham Athletic, raced onto a pass from Gavan Holohan on the left-side of the penalty area and after cutting into the danger zone, he drilled a low left-footed shot to the far corner of the net from 16 yards past a helpless Clarke.

Limerick looked odds on to equalise with seven minutes remaining in the first half when Connor Ellis squared the ball into the path of Shane Duggan who looked certain to find the net but somehow Lawrence Vigouroux kept out his effort from point blank range.

Gavan Holohan had a glorious opportunity to double the lead for the Blues on the stroke of the half time whistle when he got clear on goal to meet a through ball from Bastien Héry but his left-footed shot past the advancing Brendan Clarke went wide of the far post.

It looked as if Holohan looked destined to score the Blues second goal of the contest nine minutes into the second half when he peeled away at the back post to meet a right-wing John Kavanagh cross but his angled effort was cleared off the line by Limerick defender Shaun Kelly.

Jeff McGowan was shown a yellow card for diving in the area on 79 minutes just seconds after his introduction before Bastien Héry did brilliantly out on the left-wing seconds later to cross for Gavan Holohan but he couldn’t direct his close-range header on the target.

The Blues did get a second goal that their dominance on the game deserved on 84 minutes when Tony Whitehead brought down Izzy Akinade in the area and the Limerick defender was lucky just to see yellow from referee Tomas Connolly with skipper Paul Keegan sending keeper Brendan Clarke the wrong way.

There was a chance for Dave Webster to add a third goal in second half injury time as the central defender rose highest to meet a corner from Paul Keegan but his header was taken off the line as the final whistle soon sounded as the Blues were celebrating a sixth win of the season.

LIMERICK FC: Brendan Clarke, Shaun Kelly, Killian Cantwell, Tony Whitehead, Cian Coleman, Shane Duggan, Connor Ellis, Will Fitzgerald, Billy Dennehy, Darren Dennehy (Killian Brouder `46), Barry Maguire (Karl O’Sullivan `61)

WATERFORD FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, John Kavanagh, Kenny Browne, Dave Webster, Dylan Barnett, Paul Keegan, Stanley Aborah, Bastien Héry, Gavan Holohan (Derek Daly `88), John Martin (Izzy Akinade `65), Courtney Duffus (Sander Puri `83)

Referee: Tomas Connolly (Dublin)


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