Saturday, 21st April 2018
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Blues hold the cup champions

Waterford FC 0 Cork City 0

Waterford FC played their second pre-season game at the RSC on Saturday last and they more than held their own against FAI Cup champions Cork City. The previous Wednesday the new look side had defeated Tramore 4-0 in Graun Park. A large crowd turned up to watch Saturday's game and they were impressed by what they saw. Many of the new signings stepped up to the plate and all and all it would appear that the squad is coming together very nicely and with further new faces due in soon a positive season would appear to be in store for spectators and indeed the players.

Waterford left their intentions known from the opening whistle with Kenny McEvoy cutting in from the right on four minutes but he drilled his effort into the side netting before Garry Comerford was just off target with a free kick from 25 yards two minutes later.

Mark McNulty was forced into a smart save to deny the hosts the lead on ten minutes when Mark O'Sullivan played the ball into the path of Anthony McAlavey but his well struck right-footed shot from 18 yards was turned around the posts by the Cork keeper.

The crossbar denied the Blues the breakthrough goal after 16 minutes when Kenny McEvoy did well down the right channel to cross to the near post for O'Sullivan but his close range effort crashed back off the crossbar with McNulty beaten.

Former Blues player Seani Maguire had Cork's only chance of the half three minutes later when he rose inside the penalty area to meet a Steven Beattie delivery from the left but his header was straight at the Waterford Matthew Connor.

O'Sullivan was again denied by McNulty on 23 minutes after he took a pass from Anthony McAlavey before the Cork netminder came to his sides rescue fifteen minutes later as he once again turned a cracking effort from the latter around the posts

It was the post that came to the rescue of the visitors as the Blues continued to pepper the goal on 39 minutes when Mark O'Sullivan raced onto a through ball from Sander Puri but his left-footed strike struck the outside of the near post.

O'Sullivan was again to the forefront of the action five minutes before the break when he took a pass from Puri this time on the right side of the area however his effort was deflected out for yet another corner kick for the dominant Blues.

The second period saw Cork City go close to opening the scoring on 47 minutes when Greg Bolger played the ball in for Steven Beattie who got behind the Waterford defence but his left-footed shot from 14 yards was deflected over the bar.

The second period saw a lot of changes on both sides and a little bit of bite was lost but nevertheless it had it's moments and now another week of training and a home game against Bray Wanderers next Saturday is on the cards for the new look Blues.

WATERFORD FC: Matthew Connor, Robin Dempsey (Dean Walsh `46), Gary Delaney, Patrick McClean (Trialist C `63), Trialist A (Dean O'Halloran `40) (Tunmise Sobowale `77)), Trialist B, Kenny McEvoy (Conor Whittle `59), Anthony McAlavey, Garry Comerford (Owen Wall `59), Sander Puri; Mark O'Sullivan (Trialist E `69)

CORK CITY: Mark McNulty, John Kavanagh (Garan Manley 72), Trialist A (Trialist B `45), Ryan Delaney, Kevin O'Connor, Greg Bolger, Conor McCormack, Jimmy Keohane, Steven Beattie, Seani Maguire (Connor Ellis 65), Achille Campion

Referee: Sean Grant . Assistants. Michelle O'Neill and Brian Fenlon.


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