4 - 1

Phoenix Patterson 19' -
Scored: 19'

Junior Quitirna 68' -
Scored: 68'

Brian Murphy 72' -
Red: 72'

John Martin 90' + 2' -
Scored: 90'

Junior Quitirna 90' + 4' -
Scored: 90'

Peno Scored: 75'
- Tunde Owolabi 75'

League Report: Waterford 4 - 1 Finn Harps

Sat, Oct 16 2021

Waterford needed injury time goals goal from Junior Quitirna and John Martin to ensure of the three points against Finn Harps at the RSC on Friday evening.

After going 2-0 up through Phoenix Patterson’s shot from outside the box and Quitirna’s tap-in to an empty net, the Blues performance was almost undone in one moment of madness which saw goalkeeper Brian Murphy sent off and Tunde Owolabi scoring a penalty.

The score line is just a snapshot of a crazy game in the Premier Division which has now pulled Finn Harps into the battle to avoid relegation.

This was a fear which seemed to be with Ollie Horgan going into kick off, as he seemed to have a plan: Score early and sit back.

This nearly worked inside seven minutes when  Owolabi pulled away and had a powerful shot saved by Murphy.

This woke up the Blues, who had a chance of their own, which started with an excellent pass from Anthony Wordsworth. The ball found Patterson and he cut inside before shooting at goal. Gerard Doherty read this well from the moment the forward adjusted his run and he saved.

The end to end opening faded into a tense game, which saw Waterford dominate possession to try and get around Harps’ low block.

To breakthrough the defensive wall, Waterford needed a deflected ball to the feet of Patterson, which was powered into the bottom right corner.  

Finn Harps then created a few half chances from corners, with Eddie Nolan and Patterson heading two of these away.

The Blues tried to break after the flurry of corners for Harps. Mark Coyle and Kosovar Sadiki produced two excellent blocks to halt a free-running counter attack.

Owolabi ran the length of the pitch after the restart and entered the Blues box, and just before he could pull off a shot Shane Griffin cleared with an excellent sliding tackle.  

This was the moment when Ollie Horgan decided to change tactics by committing men forward in numbers.

This switch up nearly caught Waterford out twice in quick succession. First, David Webster had a header well saved by Murphy. Then, Shane McEleney chipped a ball into the path of Owolabi, but he did not have the space to shoot.

With so many Harps players forward half, Ferguson spotted space and he sent a long ball into the path of  Junior Quitirna. He sprinted through into the box and McGinley tried to collect from his feet but instead the goalkeeper spilled it back to  Quitirna, who tapped into an empty goal.

Harps’s response was a corner, which led to chaos. In the middle of this, referee Graham Kelly blew his whistle and Brian Murphy saw red, which caused great protests from the Waterford bench.

A penalty was given and Tunde Owolabi had his shot saved by Matthew Connor, but the ball bobbed over the goal-keeper and went in.

With eighteen minutes remaining, Waterford piled behind the ball to try and shut out Harps. This again played into the Blues as they were given space to break.

Their first opening saw Quitirna square the ball to Martin, who shot into the roof of the net, while Mark McGinley stood frozen.

The second saw Quitirna fire across goal-from close range, making it 4-1 to Waterford FC.


Waterford FC: Brain Murphy; Kyle Ferguson, Shane Griffin (Matthew Connor 74), Anthony Wordsworth, Junior Quitirna, John Martin, Niall O’Keeffe, Jack Stafford, Greg Halford, Phoenix Patterson, Eddie Nolan.

Subs Not Used: Cameron Evans, George Forrest, Jeremie Milambo, Jamal Dupree, Ronaldo Romario Green.


Finn Harps: Gerard Doherty (Mark McGinley 34); Jordan Mustoe, Kosovar Sadiki, David Webster, Barry McNamee, Mark Coyle (Luke Rudden 89), Shane McEleney, Dan Hawkins, Adam Foley, Ryan Rainey, Tunde Owolabi, Karl O’Sullivan (Mark Timlin 74).

Subs not used: Nathan Logue; Stephen Doherty, Patrick McGarvey, Will Seymore.


Referee: Graham Kelly

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Junior Quitirna (Waterford).

Attendance: 1,800.

DNov. 2, 2021
Waterford 2 - 2 Derry
LNov. 5, 2021
Waterford 1 - 3 Shamrock R
DNov. 13, 2021
Longford 1 - 1 Waterford
DNov. 19, 2021
Waterford 0 - 0 St. Pats
LNov. 26, 2021
Waterford 1 - 2 UCD
Brian Murphy 1
Sent Off: 72'
Kyle Ferguson 6
Booked: 80'
Greg Halford 20
Booked: 74'
Jack Stafford 19
Shane Griffin 7
Eddie Nolan 46
Niall O'Keeffe 14
Junior Quitirna 11
Scored: 68'
Scored: 90'
Anthony Wordsworth 8
Booked: 41'
John Martin 12
Scored: 90'
Phoenix Patterson 44
Scored: 19'

George Forrest 5
Cameron Evans 3
Jamal Dupree
Matthew Connor 13
Jeremie Milambo 15
Finn Harps
LOct. 29, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 0 Harps
DNov. 1, 2021
Harps 0 - 0 Drogheda
DNov. 5, 2021
Harps 1 - 1 Derry
DNov. 12, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 2 Harps
WNov. 19, 2021
Harps 5 - 0 Longford
Gerard Doherty
Goalkeeper 34'
34Subbed Off: Mark McGinley 34'
16 Shane McEleney
Jordan Mustoe
4 Kosovar Sadiki
5 David Webster ©
19 Adam Foley
Booked: 60'
14 Mark Coyle
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: Luke Rudden 89'
7 Karl O'Sullivan
74Subbed On: 74'
22 Ryan Rainey
Dan Hawkins
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: John Dunleavy 46'
45 Tunde Owolabi
Peno Scored: 75'

Nathan Logue
8 John Dunleavy
Defender 46'
46Subbed On: Dan Hawkins 46'
21 Stephen Doherty
25 Patrick McGarvey
1 Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper 34'
34Subbed On: Gerard Doherty 34'
Luke Rudden
Forward 89'
89Subbed On: Mark Coyle 89'
28 Will Seymore
10 Mark Timlin


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 15, 2021

Venue: RSC

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown