Waterford United played out a scoreless draw against Premier division opponents St Patrick's Athletic at the RSC today, in what was another very valuable work out in their fourth pre-season match.
The brilliant sunshine wasn't matched by a somewhat lacklustre opening period, with both teams sounding each other out a touch cagily at first. And as the half progressed it was the visitors who were having the lion's share of the chances, the best of those falling to Alex Williams who early on headed wide at the far post, and Dave Mulcahy who pulled a low shot a yard beyond the left post from 12 yards out. The Blues for their part put together some neat approaches at times, but rarely caused much trouble for Gary Rogers in the Saints goal.
It was a more effective United side that came out for the second half though, and early on a neat move across the park saw Kevin Waters chip to the back post only for Vinny Sullivan to head wide. The best chance for the home team came in the 74th minute, however, as a scramble from an attacking throw in saw Willie John Kiely's stabbed centre cross the area for Timmy Purcell, who just failed to connect a few yards out from the far post.
That was it for the chances, and the game finished scoreless, but a very useful run-out for the Blues, and a big confidence boost for the players, not least John Hayes who put in a fine performance at centre half in his first game in some time.