Super Blues stun Cabinteely
Waterford FC 3 - Cabinteely 0
The new look Waterford FC team got their campaign up and running in front of almost 1, 500 fans at the RSC on Friday night last. The previous week they had lost one nil away to Athlone Town and the management team of Alan Reynolds and Pat Fenlon made three changes to the starting eleven. Dave Mulcahy, Davy McDaid and Anthony McAlavey came in and Garry Comerford, Dean O'Halloran and Shane O'Connor took their place on the `subs bench. Dave Mulcahy played in the heart of the defence with Patrick McClean switching to left-full back. McAlavey played in midfield and he scored a truly wonderful goal. Davy McDaid, making his full debut also proved his worth and he scored two goals on a night that the largest attendance for many years loved.
The home side got off to the perfect start after four minutes of the tie when Kenny McEvoy whipped in a cross from the right that found the head of David McDaid and he planted an unstoppable close range header at the near post past keeper Michael Kelly.
Kieran Marty Waters went close to levelling the tie on nine minutes when he stepped over a free kick just outside the penalty area but his left-footed effort whistled inches over the crossbar of a beaten Waterford keeper Ian McLoughlin.
Sander Puri nearly doubled the Waterford lead with 24 minutes on the clock when he latched onto the ball after Jake Evans corner was cleared into his path but his snapshot was flashed over the crossbar by Cabinteely keeper Michael Kelly.
The Blues did extend their advantage ten minutes later when Mark O'Sullivan showed great skill down the left before crossing into the penalty area where McDaid knocked the ball down for Anthony McAlavey and he found the net with super right-footed curling effort from 20 yards.
It was the woodwork that came to Cabinteely's rescue in the final minute of the half when McAlavey tried his luck with another effort but this time it struck the top of the bar before Tom Smith headed wide from close range after a McEvoy cross on the stroke of half time.
The visitors from the capital started the second half on the front foot with Kieran Waters going agonisingly close to pulling a goal back on 47 minutes but his right-footed curling effort was just wide of McLoughlin's left-hand post.
A great night in front of the large crowd got even better on 57 minutes when a sweeping move down the right saw Kenny McEvoy set up Mark O'Sullivan before he turned provider for McDaid and he beat Michael Kelly at his near post from 14 yards.
The striker was denied his hat-trick four minutes later when he got on the end of a right-wing from Sander Puri but his bicycle kick was magnificently tipped over the bar by Michael Kelly before Joe Doyle went close at the other end however his shot was over McLoughlin's crossbar.
Mark O'Sullivan carved out a chance of his own with 67 minutes on the clock when he picked up possession of the ball on the right side of the penalty area but his low effort along the wet surface was saved by Kelly at the second attempt. Next up is an away game against UCD at The Belfield Bowl this Friday. The students have won their opening two games and this will be a stiff test for the new Blues.
WATERFORD FC: Ian McLoughlin; Jake Evans, Dave Mulcahy, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean; Kenny McEvoy (Derek Daly `60), Tom Smith (Garry Comerford `81), Anthony McAlavey, Sander Puri; Mark O'Sullivan, David McDaid (Dean O'Halloran `71)
CABINTEELY: Michael Kelly; Karl Byrne (Victor Ekanem `72), Adam Harney, Conor Keeley, Kevin Knight; Steven Ball (Jack Watson `63), Anthony Dolan (Michael Scott `76), Christian Lotefa, Evan Galvin; Kieran Waters, Joe Doyle
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Limerick)