Match Info

Date: 26/02/2018
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: RSC

Officials

Referee:Sean Grant
Assistants: Brian Fenlon and Michelle O'Neill
Fourth Official: Andrew Mullally

Waterford vs St Patrick's Athletic

Goals in each half by Kenny Browne and Bastien Hery earned Waterford a deserved victory over St Patrick's Athletic at the Regional Sports Centre.

On a bitterly cold night in the south-east, the Blues didn't take long to warm up the expectant home crowd as Browne headed in the opener against his former club on 10 minutes before Hery wrapped up the points on 61 minutes with a sumptuous long-range drive.

The victory is Waterford's second since ending their 10-year Premier Division absence, with their only setback coming with defeat to champions Cork City last week.

In the only changes to the team beaten 2-0 by Cork, new signing Lawrence Vigouroux replaced goalkeeper Niall Corbet with Dean O'Halloran making way in attack for Republic of Ireland Under-21 striker Courtney Duffus.

Vigouroux, the London-born stopper interested in playing for Chile, has endured mixed career in spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Swindon Town, and it typified his first-half display as many of kickouts and clearance were wayward.

Kevin Toner was fortunate not to divert Izzy Akinade's left-wing cross into his net but the Saints wouldn't be so lucky from the resultant corner.

In a rehearsed set-piece, Browne raced to the near post to connect with a corner from captain Paul Keegan and the defender's flicked header found the roof of the net.

St Pat's looked far from comfortable in dealing with the pace and power of Akinade and his new strike partner Duffus. From a Duffus knockdown, Akinade got a clear sight of goal only for his effort to clear Barry Murphy's crossbar by inches.

While Gavan Holohan also went near to adding a second, the Saints keeper almost conceded a second in farcical fashion.

Akinade was lurking when the goalkeeper slipped on the end-line but assistant Brian Fenlon adjudged the ball went out of play before he slipped it into an empty net.

Conan Byrne and Chris Fagan, goalscorers against Bray, were getting little change out of the home defence and Rory Feely produced a last-ditch tackle to thwart Byrne from close-range on the only occasion they probed into the box.

By contrast, Waterford's tempo in the final third didn't relent after the interval.

Murphy twice had to be at his best, firstly from a powerful Akinade header soon after the restart that he batted away and then by diving low to foil Duffus.

All the pointers indicated a second goal was coming for the Blues and it duly arrived in sensational fashion.

Once again, Duffus showed great composure to lay the ball back and following up to rifle a shot home from 30 yards was the influential Hery.

© rte.ie


Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 8th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
February, 26th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
August, 26th 2011FaiCupWaterford United0St Patrick's Athletic3REPORT
February, 20th 2010FriendlyWaterford United0St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
September, 12th 2009FaiCupWaterford United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
July, 6th 2007LeagueWaterford United2St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
October, 21st 2005LeagueWaterford United1St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 9th 2018LeinsterSnrCupSt Patrick's Athletic5Wexford0REPORT
July, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk3REPORT
June, 29th 2018LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers3REPORT
June, 8th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 1st 2018LeagueBray Wanderers3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 25th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City3REPORT
May, 22nd 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 18th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City2REPORT
May, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
June, 8th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
April, 16th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Waterford0REPORT
February, 26th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
Date Competition Home Team Away Team
July, 6th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Dundalk3REPORT
June, 29th 2018LeagueBohemians1St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic0Sligo Rovers3REPORT
June, 8th 2018LeagueWaterford2St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
June, 1st 2018LeagueBray Wanderers3St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT
May, 25th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic1Cork City3REPORT
May, 22nd 2018LeagueShamrock Rovers3St Patrick's Athletic0REPORT
May, 18th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic5Derry City2REPORT
May, 15th 2018LeagueSt Patrick's Athletic2Sligo Rovers0REPORT
May, 11th 2018LeagueLimerick0St Patrick's Athletic1REPORT