League Preview: Waterford -v- Bohemians


High-flying Waterford host Bohemians at the RSC on Friday night (kick-of is at 7.45pm).

The Blues are fifth in the table on 25 points and are just three points behind third-placed Shamrock Rovers with two games in hand.

But they face a Bohemians side just a point behind them in the standings and bounce into this game off the back of a 4-2 win over Drogheda United last week.

“It’s great to have teams like Bohemians coming to the RSC,” Blues boss Keith Long said.

“They’ll bring a big travelling away support to create a good atmosphere in the ground, so hopefully we’ll have a big home crowd ourselves.

“The atmosphere in the RSC over the last couple of weeks has been fantastic, so we’d like to build upon that once again if we possibly can.

“It’s down to performance – we want the team to perform well against a good side, and we’ll be doing our very best to get a result against a good side.”


Bohemians will be looking to maintain their push towards European qualification on Friday evening when they travel to the South-East.

The Gypsies – now led by former Waterford assistant manager Alan Reynolds – drew against Dublin rivals St Patrick’s Athletic last weekend.

But they have been inconsistent for most of this season, with wins over Shelbourne and Galway United away being followed up by losses at home to Galway and away to Drogheda United.

And they travel to the RSC without long-term absentees Rob Cornwall and Keith Buckley.

Referee: Alan Patchell.



Waterford 2-1 Bohemians



Injured: Harvey Macadam.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Injured: Rob Cornwall, Keith Buckley, Brian McManus.

Doubtful: James McManus, Martin Miller.

Suspended: None.