Monday, 20th August 2018
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Super Blues back in the groove

Following back to back away defeats to both Derry City and St Patrick's Athletic Waterford FC got back to winning form at the RSC on Friday last in front of over 2000 spectators on what was a sun drenched April evening.

Despite having to plan without a host of players such as Bastien Hery, Stanley Oborah, Gavan Holohan, Sander Puri (all suspended) and Rory Feely (injured) the Blues proved to be too strong for a Bray Wanderers team who did well in the first half but who were overrun in the second period. The three points won has moved Waterford back into clear third, just four points behind the top two clubs, Dundalk and Cork City. Those two teams play each other this weekend while Waterford will play at home to Sligo Rovers, a team they defeated 2-1 in the Showgrounds in March thanks to a late Courtney Duffus goal.Kaysel Kasmi stole the show on Friday. The little Belgium born midfielder scored two of the goals and his overall play won him the ``Man of the Match'' award. With the majority of the suspended players available for selection on Friday against Sligo Rovers, manager Alan Reynolds will have a nice selection headache for that game.

The Blues could have opened the scoring inside the opening minute when Courtney Duffus laid the ball off into the path of Faysel Kasmi after the striker had lost his footing in the area but he fired over the crossbar from 16 yards.

Kasmi showed neat feet just outside the penalty area but his shot was straight at Aaron Dillon on 21 minutes before Duffus crossed from the left that picked out John Martin minutes later however he blazed a left-footed shot wide of the near post.

Paul Keegan had a good chance on 23 minutes when the Blues skipper took possession on the left side and after bringing the ball onto his favored right-foot, his shot whistled narrowly wide of Dillon’s far upright.

After dominating the early stages of the game, the Blues nearly fell behind as Bray were guilty of missing a golden chance five minutes when Gary McCabe slipped the ball into the path of Ronan Coughlan who looked certain to score but somehow he fired wide from four yards.

Lawrence Vigouroux came to his sides rescue as the visitors grew more into the game on 36 minutes when Cory Galvin turned provider for McCabe on the right side of the area but his effort was superbly turned out for a corner kick.

The Blues finished the first half on the front foot with Izzy Akinade looping in a shot from the right side of the penalty area come back off the far post before John Kavanagh had a rasping effort from the edge of the area tipped over in the final action of the half.

It was Akinade that was denied the breakthrough goal once again by the woodwork on 50 minutes when he rose highest inside the area to meet a John Kavanagh cross from the right but his towering header came off the underside of the bar.

Waterford did get their noses in front three minutes later when Fayse Kasmi did well on the edge of the area but after his first shot was blocked by the visiting defence he made no mistake as his curling left-footed second effort beat Bray keeper Aaron Dillon.

Izzy Akinade went close again for the hosts on 70 minutes when the striker took a pass from Courtney Duffus on the right-side of the area but his low angled effort fizzed wide of Dillon’s far upright.

The Blues got a second goal that their second half performance deserved when Kasmi did well on the edge of the area but after his shot was blocked, Derek Daly found the net with the rebound as his right-footed deflected over the head of Dillon.

Kasmi capped off a top display with his second goal deep into added time when he danced a jig at the edge of the penalty area before placing a lovely left-footed shot past Aaron Dillon to cap off a great night for the Blues.

Waterford FC: Lawrence Vigouroux; John Kavanagh (Dean Walsh ’84), Kenny Browne, David Webster, Garry Comerford; John Martin (Dylan Barnett ’76), Faysel Kasmi, Paul Keegan, Derek Daly; Izzy Akinade, Courtney Duffus (Dean O’Halloran ’82)

Bray Wanderers: Aaron Dillon; Daniel McKenna, Hugh Douglas, Conor Kenna, Kevin Lynch; Ronan Coughlan, Ryhs Gorman (Sean Heaney ’60), Paul O’Conor, Cory Galvin; Gary McCabe, Jake Kelly (Daniel Kelly ’60)

Referee: Anthony Buttimer (Cork) Assistants. Michelle O'Neill and Trevor Cotter.

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