Prem
Date: 6 p.m. April 24, 2021
Venue: RSC
1 - 0
FT

Prince Mutswunguma 8' -
Scored: 8'


Kyle Ferguson 59' -
Red: 59'



League Report: Waterford 1 - 0 Longford Town

Sat, Apr 24 2021

A welcome win after a rocky week at Waterford for Kevin Sheedy. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Dylan O'Connell reports from the RSC.

An early breakaway goal from Prince Mutswunguma was enough for Waterford FC to see off Longford Town at the RSC on Saturday evening. 

The three points move Kevin Sheedy’s side out of the bottom three and give them their second league win of the 2021 Premier Division season. 

Longford on the other hand, will rue their missed chances as they failed to capitalise on Kyle Ferguson’s red card at the start of the season half. 

From the opening whistle De Town dominated the possession and controlled the game. This was a passing game birthed from their back four, with Joe Gorman playing the ball out to the side’s mobile midfield. 

A high pressing Mutswunguma caught the defender out after eight minutes, muscled through and stole possession. The striker then charged toward and slotted passed a stranded Michael Kelly, who could only watch as the ball trickled in.

Darragh Power and Rob Manley combined minutes later and could have made it 1-1. The defender played the forward through and just as Manley was about to pull the tigger, Paul Martin dashed out of his goal and cleared the ball from danger. 

A succession of chances for Longford followed and none hit the back of net. An in-swinging corner from Aodh Dervin skidded off of Manley’s head and went wide. It was a similar situation when Cameron Evans beat Aaron O’Dirscoll at the end of a free kick. The Waterford defender put the ball behind for a corner, which then came to nothing for Longford. 

The final moments of the first half gifted two opportunities Waterford to double their lead. The first saw Tunmise Sobowale and Mutswunguma break two on one. Only Gorman stood between the Waterford duo and he stood firm, which allowed the defender to block the passing lanes and win back possession. Seconds later John Martin squared the ball to Mutswunguma who was facing goal. The striker fired first time and the ball curled centimetres wide. 

An elbow from Ferguson led to referee Neil Doyle producing a red card fifteen minutes into the second half. A free-kick was given to Longford, and out of this, Gorman found the net, but was flagged offside. 

Slowly Longford poured themselves into the opposition half. Gorman had a header saved on the line by Kelly. Dylan Grimes plagued Waterford out wide, but at the end of each cross was a blue jersey. 

Josh Collins rescued Watford with a dashing clearance on the line following a venomous shot by Conor Davis. 

The five minutes added time saw Longford pour themselves into the Waterford half, desperate for the equalising goal. Sobowale was defiant at this stage of the game, as he stood firm to break down the Longford play and break. 

Waterford FC: Paul Martin, Darragh Power, Cameron Evans, Kyle Ferguson, Adam O’Rielly, James Waite (Katlego Mashigo 65), John Martin, Niall O’Keeffe, James Mascoll, Tunmise Sobowale, Prince Mutswunguma (Josh Collins 69). 

Booked: Prince Mutswunguma (22), Paul Martin (70), Katlego Mashigo (75). 

Sent off: Kyle Ferguson (59)

Subs not used: Matthew Connor, Shane Griffin, Jack Stafford, Sam Morrissey, Callum Stringer, Ivan Homoki, Kyle Cooke. 

Longford Town: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy (Callum Thompson 56), Paddy Kirk, Aaron Robinson, Dylan Grimes, Rob Manley (Aaron Dons 56), Aaron O’Driscoll (Sam Verdon 74), Aaron Bolger (Conor Davis 65), Aodh Dervin, Karl Chambers, Joe Gorman.

Subs not used: Lee Stacey, Mick McDonnell, Matthew O’Brien, Dean Byrne, Joe Manley. 

Booked: Joe Gorman (53)

Referee: Neil Doyle 

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Prince Mutswunguma (Waterford FC)


Waterford
Paul Martin 30
Goalkeeper
Darragh Power 2
Defender
Jamie Mascoll 15
Defender
Kyle Ferguson 6
Sent Off: 59'
Defender
Cameron Evans 3
Defender
Tunmise Sobowale 18
Midfielder
Adam O'Reilly 8
Midfielder
Niall O'Keeffe 14
Midfielder
John Martin 12
Midfielder
James Waite 11
65'
65Subbed Off: Katlego Mashigo 65'
Midfielder
Prince Mutswunguma 23
Scored: 8'
Booked: 22'
69'
69Subbed Off: Josh Collins 69'
Forward

Substitutes
Jack Stafford 19
Defender
Sam Morrissey 25
Defender
Katlego Mashigo 16
65'
65Subbed On: James Waite 65'
Booked: 75'
Midfield
Ivan Homoki 27
Midfield
Shane Griffin 7
Midfield
Kyle Cooke 30
Goalkeeper
Matthew Connor 13
Goalkeeper
Josh Collins 5
69'
69Subbed On: Prince Mutswunguma 69'
Defender
Callum Stringer 26
Unknown
Longford Town
30 Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
3 Patrick Kirk
Defender
32 Joe Gorman
Defender
Booked: 53'
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender 56'
56Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 56'
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender 76'
76Subbed Off: Sam Verdon 76'
7 Dylan Grimes
Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
19 Karl Chambers
Midfielder
14 Aaron Bolger
Midfielder
4 Aaron Robinson
Midfielder
8 Rob Manley
Forward

Substitutes
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
9 Aaron Dobbs
Forward
25 Conor Davis
Forward
20 Dean Byrne
Forward
5 Michael McDonnell
Midfield
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
11 Callum Thompson
Midfield 56'
56Subbed On: Shane Elworthy 56'
10 Sam Verdon
Forward 76'
76Subbed On: Aaron O'Driscoll 76'