Sunday, 19th August 2018
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Waterford much too powerful for Derry City

Waterford FC cemented their third position on the Premier League table by turning on the style against Derry City at the RSC on Friday last. The Blues took up the running from the opening whistle and they raced into a two goal lead after just 14 minutes. Sander Puri and Stanley Aborah scored two wonder goals and the attendance of 1743 went home extremely happy. Following a brilliant second half against Dundalk four days previously, Waterford built on that display and in doing so they blew the visitors out of the water. It was a much required win following two defeats and now they must continue this form away to Cork City in Turners Cross this Friday. All in all this was a truly magnificent display by the Blues and during the course of the 90 minutes they played some spell binding football.

The Blues had the first chance of the game on five minutes when Faysel Kasmi whipped in a free kick from the right that picked out the run of central defender Kenny Browne at the back post, but Derry’s Eoin Toal got a vital headed clearance to take the ball off the line.

Derry City should have broken the deadlock just two minutes later when a sweeping move down the left channel saw Ronan Curtis put the ball on a plate for Aaron McEneff 12 yards from goal but he failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Waterford fans were celebrating two goals in the space of a two-minute spell. Alan Reynolds side took the lead on 12 minutes when Rory Feely got on the end of a Faysel Kasmi corner kick from the left after the Derry defence failed to clear and the full back saw his deflected left-footed strike go past a helpless Ger Doherty.

The second goal arrived less than two minutes later when Kasmi picked out the run of Izzy Akinade with a super set piece from the centre of the park and the striker applied a right-footed finish past keeper Doherty from inside the six-yard box.

Sander Puri increased the Blues lead on 40 minutes with a goal of sheer quality when the Estonian International rifled an unstoppable 35-yard left-footed strike to the roof of the net that gave Derry keeper Doherty no chance whatsoever for what sure is to be a contender for goal of the month.

It was Akinade that could have put the game to bed for the Blues on 56 minutes when Courtney Duffus did well down the right channel before laying the ball off into the path of his strike partner but he failed to control the ball from 12 yards that allowed Derry to clear their lines.

Rory Feely was denied a third goal on 64 minutes when Bastien Héry whipped in a free kick from the right that saw Akinade head the ball back to the edge of the area but the sweet right-footed strike from the defender saw keeper Doherty get down low to his left to save.

Sander Puri turned provider for Courtney Duffus on 85 minutes but his low angled shot was kept out by Derry keeper Ger Doherty before Stanley Aborah who was villain after getting sent off in Limerick scored a peach for the Blues in second half injury time with a magnificent 25-yard finish.

WATERFORD FC: Lawrence Vigouroux, Rory Feely, Kenny Browne, David Webster, Dylan Barnett, Bastien Héry, Gavan Holohan (John Martin `82), Faysel Kasmi (Stanley Aborah`60), Sander Puri, Courtney Duffus (Dean Walsh `87), Izzy Akinade

DERRY CITY: Gerard Doherty, Conor McDermott (Ronan Hale `72), Eoin Toal, Darren Cole, Jack Doyle, Aaron McEneff, Rory Hale (Niall Logue `87), Nicky Low, Jamie McDonagh, Rory Patterson, Ronan Curtis

Referee: Rob Rogers (Dublin)

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