Saturday, 22nd September 2018
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Young Blues lose to Carlow-Kilkenny

It was a quite weekend on the football front and only one Waterford FC team took to the field. The Under 17 and Under 19 teams were in acton in midweek in cup football and the first team also had a free weekend so the attention focused on Derek O'Brien's Under 15 side as they travelled to Derdimus Park to play Carlow-Kilkenny. It has been something of a stop-start campaign for this outfit and despite taking the lead in this contest they came home empty handed.

There was very little action during the opening 15 minutes before the Blues carved out their first chance soon afterwards. Jamie Lee was the man that put in a brilliant ball from a right-wing corner kick that picked out the run of Mzee Isaac Boston but he couldn't keep his header on target.

Liam Kervick gave his side the lead with a magnificent individual goal on 19 minutes when he found space out on the left channel before skipping past three tackles and his excellent right-footed shot found the far corner that gave Ben Goodwin no chance.

The Blues did have a chance to double their lead soon afterwards but Boston failed to find the target before Blues keeper Conor Cummins was called into action to make a smart save on 29 minutes to keep out a shot from Cian Byrne after a sweeping move from the hosts.

It was Mzee Isaac Boston that could have doubled the lead eight minutes before the break when he volleyed an effort inches wide of the left-hand post after Kervick's delivery into the danger zone and it was his goal that separated the sides at the half time break.

Cian Byrne levelled the tie for his side on 49 minutes with an exquisite strike from just outside the penalty area as he arrowed an unstoppable right-footed effort past a stranded Conor Cummins. Michael Quinlan could have restored the Blues advantage four minutes later but he shot wide from close range.

The off the ball incident involving Jack Deegan and Adam McCarron arrived on 62 minutes as the referee went on the advice of an assistant referee who was the only person in the ground to see what offence was deemed worthy of two red cards.

Eoghan Byrne scored what proved to be the winning goal three minutes later when he reacted quickest inside the penalty area after Eamon Lalor had struck a left-footed shot off the post which left the Blues chasing the game for the remaining 15 minutes.

They tried their best to create chances with the best arriving on 77 minutes when Lakon Oki saw his header after a long ball from the right back position tipped around the posts and after only a mere two minutes of added time in the second half, the final whistle sounded as Waterford left disappointed with defeat.

CARLOW/KILKENNY: Ben Goodwin, Jake Haughney, Fionn McCaffrey, Adam McCarron, Jamie Murphy, Eamon Lalor, Rory O'Dowd, Darren Lawlor, Jack O'Neill, Niall Rowe, Eoghan Byrne, Cian Byrne, David Olubawale, Joshua Coady.

WATERFORD FC: Conor Cummins, Jamie Lee, Eoin O'Brien, Jack Deegan, Cieran Hodanu, Lakon Oki, Liam Kervick, Aaron Roche, Salim Ahmed, Michael Quinlan, Mzee Isaac Boston, Darragh Queally, James Donnelly, Charlie Binnions, Scott Delahunty, Dean Larkin, Abel Alabi.

Referee: David Connelly (Kilkenny)

Sunday fixture for Waterford FC

Alan Reynolds and his Premier League team will play Shamrock Rovers this Sunday at the RSC at 3.00pm. However if Rovers come out on top in their second leg Europa League Qualification away to AIK the match will be fixed for a later date.

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