1 - 1
FT

Anthony Wordsworth 77' -
Scored: 77'


Scored: 5'
- Sean Murray 5'


League Report: Waterford 1 - 1 Dundalk

Sat, Sep 04 2021

Credit: Ben Whitley

A second half revival kept Waterford’s run of positive results going as Anthony Wordsworth’s 77th minute goal cancelled out Sean Murray’s fifth minute opener for Dundalk at the RSC on Friday night.

The game had barely got going when Dundalk took the lead. It was Sean Murray who bundled in a ball that the home defence should really have cleared. Credit, though, to Daniel Kelly who worked his way into the penalty area from the right creating an opening that Murray finished gratefully

It’s tempting to say that this early set back knocked Waterford off their stride, but there had been worrying signs before the goal. After just two minutes kyle Ferguson almost coughed up a goal-scoring chance for Dundalk, tumbling over the ball when under pressure from Pat Hoban.

Cameron Evans was there to tidy up but Dundalk’s high press was causing Marc Bircham’s men problems and throughout the opening half it was the visitors who looked more in control.

Twenty-one minutes in and Sam Stanton fired in a low shot from distance that Brian Murphy in the Blues’ goal fumbled. Sadly for the Lilywhites no one was on hand to take advantage.

Will Patching fired over Murphy’s bar on 27 minutes and four minutes later Cameron Evans saved the day by whipping a ball off Sean Murray’s toe just as he was about to pull the trigger.

Injury was literally added to insult for the home side when left-back Jack Stafford retired injured ten minutes before half-time and despite a scrappy free kick that Dundalk failed to clear on several occasions, the home side went into the break one-nil down.

Anthony Wordsworth was brought into the Blues lineup for the second half, taking over the midfield anchor role that Evans had performed in the opening period. But the first act of the half had little to do with football. Dan Cleary’s foul on Patterson sparked a melee that led to three yellow cards and a disruption to Waterford’s momentum.

For twenty minutes the game idled along, a directionless exhibition of misplaced passes and poor control. It was not until Greg Halfor entered the fray on 73 minutes that some electricity was injected into proceedings.

Junior Quitirna, who had come on ten minutes previously, suddenly plugged himself into the game and with his willingness to take on defenders, Halford’s ability to fling throw-ins right into the six-yard box, and a plethora of free kicks that Shane Griffin drove into the Dundalk box, the game came alive.

With ten minutes left it looked like a Griffin free kick had beaten everyone but it fizzed inches wide of Alessio Abibi’s far post. Tow minutes later Abibi got a vital touch to another Griffin free kick, also punching away Junior’s follow-up cross.

Pat Hoban then headed away a corner as Dundalk summoned all hands to the defensive line. His clearance led to another cross, which in turn led to another corner. And so it continued, right up until the ninety minutes expired and four minutes of added time were announced.

Halford flung in three consecutive long throws, before the final act, a corner deep in added time. As a Dundalk head rose to meet it and the immediate danger ebbed, referee John McLoughlin blew his whistle and the contest ended with honours even.

The large home crowd will have gone home satisfied, This Waterford team lack nothing in terms of heart and a draw with Dundalk keeps the Lilywhites behind them and their revival on track, Visiting fans, meanwhile, will be both relieved and satisfied to have escaped with a point.

 

Waterford: Brian Murphy; Darragh Power, Kyle Ferguson, Eddie Nolan, Jack Stafford (Jeremie Milambo 36); John Martin, Niall O’Keeffe (Greg Halford 73), Cameron Evans (Anthony Wordsworth 46), Shane Griffin, Phoenix Patterson; Cian Kavanagh (Junior Quitirna 62).

Subs Not Used: Matt Connor (gk), George Forrest, Max Hutchison, Isaac Tshipamba, Prince Mutswunguma.

Booked: Niall O’Keeffe (49).

 

Dundalk: Alessio Albbi; Cameron Dummigan, Daniel Cleary, Andy Boyle, Sam Stanton; Daniel Kelly (Mark Hanratty 90+3), Greg Sloggett, Will Patching, Sean Murray (Mayowa Animashun 83), Sami Ben Amar (Han jeongwoo 79); Patrick Hoban.

Subs Not Used: Cameron Yeates (gk), Peter Cherrie, Michael Duffy, Ryan O’Kane, Jack Kavanagh.

Booked: Dan Cleary (48), Pat Hoban (49), Andy Boyle 74, Han jeongwoo (81).

 

Referee: John McLoughlin

Attendance: TBC.

Extratime Player of the Match: Shane Griffin (Waterford)


Waterford
LSept. 10, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Waterford
WSept. 17, 2021
UCD 2 - 3 Waterford
WSept. 24, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Drogheda
DOct. 2, 2021
Sligo 1 - 1 Waterford
WOct. 15, 2021
Waterford 4 - 1 Harps
Brian Murphy 1
Goalkeeper
Kyle Ferguson 6
Defender
Eddie Nolan 46
Defender
Darragh Power 2
Defender
Jack Stafford 19
36'
36Subbed Off: Jeremie Milambo 36'
Defender
John Martin 12
Midfielder
Shane Griffin 7
Midfielder
Cameron Evans 3
46'
46Subbed Off: Anthony Wordsworth 46'
Midfielder
Niall O'Keeffe 14
Booked: 49'
73'
73Subbed Off: Greg Halford 73'
Midfielder
Phoenix Patterson 44
Midfielder
Cian Kavanagh 10
62'
62Subbed Off: Junior Quitirna 62'
Forward

Substitutes
Jeremie Milambo 15
36'
36Subbed On: Jack Stafford 36'
Defender
Max Hutchison 17
Midfield
Greg Halford 20
73'
73Subbed On: Niall O'Keeffe 73'
Defender
George Forrest 5
Defender
Matthew Connor 13
Goalkeeper
Prince Mutswunguma 23
Forward
Junior Quitirna 11
62'
62Subbed On: Cian Kavanagh 62'
Midfield
Isaac Tshipamba 21
Midfield
Anthony Wordsworth 8
46'
46Subbed On: Cameron Evans 46'
Scored: 77'
Midfield
Dundalk
WSept. 24, 2021
Dundalk 4 - 1 Sligo
WSept. 27, 2021
Dundalk 2 - 1 Bohs
DOct. 1, 2021
Harps 2 - 2 Dundalk
WOct. 8, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
DOct. 15, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 Dundalk
1 Alessio Abibi
Goalkeeper
23 Cameron Dummigan
Defender
21 Daniel Cleary
Defender
Booked: 48'
4 Andy Boyle ©
Defender
Booked: 74'
16 Sean Murray
Midfielder
Scored: 5'
83'
83Subbed Off: Mayowa Animasahun 83'
18 Will Patching
Midfielder
10 Greg Sloggett
Midfielder
8 Sam Stanton
Midfielder
17 Sami Ben Amar
Forward 79'
79Subbed Off: Han Jeongwoo 79'
9 Patrick Hoban
Forward
Booked: 49'
27 Daniel Kelly
Forward 90'
90Subbed Off: Mark Hanratty 90'

Substitutes
7 Michael Duffy
Midfield
14 Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
24 Mayowa Animasahun
Defender 83'
83Subbed On: Sean Murray 83'
31 Mark Hanratty
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: Daniel Kelly 90'
77 Han Jeongwoo
Midfield 79'
79Subbed On: Sami Ben Amar 79'
Booked: 81'
36 Jack Kavanagh
Defender
28 Ryan O'Kane
Midfield
12 Cameron Yates
Goalkeeper

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 3, 2021

Venue: RSC

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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