Waterford United stormed into the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup with a comprehensive win over Jeff Kenna's St Pat's at Richmond Park writes Mark Cummins.
Alan Carey opened the scoring with his cross on 25 minutes that sailed over Gary Rogers into the back of the net. Willie John Kiely slotted in the second on 39 minutes after Graham Cummins' shot had been blocked.
Stephen Henderson's men march into the last four while for the first time in this long difficult season Pat's fans chanted 'We want Kenna out.'
Maybe with the prospect of extra time and penalties in the back of their minds, both sides started in a strong attacking fashion.
Pat's Enda Stevens beat two men on the left after six minutes, but Dave Warren stuck a foot in and cleared the threat. Just two minutes later Kiely shot wide at the other end.
Waterford goalkeeper Michael Devine did well on 16 minutes to get a hand to Alan Cawley's free kick at the Inchicore end goal. Pat's were having the best chances by now but it was the visitors who went ahead and soon took full control of proceedings.
The breakthrough came on 25 minutes. John Kearney sent the ball to Vinny Sullivan who found Carey and the Blues' No 2 sent a ball in that had a look of half shot half cross about it. It didn't matter what it was because it beat Rogers and found the back of the net.
Pat's are celebrating 80 years in existence this year and will honour former club greats such as Jimmy Timber Cummins, Paul McGrath and the late Shay Gibbons on Sunday night. They could have done with players of that calibre as things went from bad to worse when Waterford dramatically doubled their lead on 39 minutes.
The First Division side began a super passage of football which culminated with Rogers blocking Graham Cummins' initial shot on the goal line, but Kiely nipped in to tap in the ball into the net.
Pat's boss Jeff Kenna introduced Jamie Harris for Cawley in the second period. Harris lasted less than 20 minutes due to his hamstring complaint and was himself replaced by Stephen Maher.
Glen Fitzpatrick had a chance to cut the deficit for the Premier division outfit on 52 but slammed his shot wide of Devine's right had post.
The home fans had very little to cheer about after that and the presence of former manager and current Faroe Islands boss Brian Kerr in the stand was a stark reminder of how times have changed in Dublin 8.
Waterford stayed sharp at the back and held on to their deserved lead and now march into the last four.
With St Pat's final route to European football for 2010 cut off, Kenna left the stadium with Pat's fans calling for his removal.