1 - 0
FT

Cian Kavanagh 53' -
Scored: 53'


Niall O'Keeffe 87' -
Red: 87'



League Preview: Waterford -v- Sligo Rovers

Sun, Jul 18 2021

Blues boss Marc Bircham Credit: Gerry Shanahan

WATERFORD

Waterford will be looking to continue their recent resurgence as they host Sligo Rovers at the RSC on Sunday afternoon (kick-off is at 4pm).

The Blues won last time out away to Finn Harps thanks to a 1-0 success. The win brought them to withing four points of the Co. Donegal side who are 8th in the table.

“Everyone was delighted with the win last Friday evening,” Blues boss Marc Bircham said. “It was a big game for us, and everyone battled hard to take the three points.

“We knew it was going to be tough, but the players showed great mental strength to battle on for three points.

“We have had a good week in training. The new bodies have fit in well and everyone is focused on the same objective.

: Picking up points is the priority and we’ve set some targets along the way that we want to meet.

“Sligo are a top side. They are pushing the teams at the top end of the league for a reason. We know they will come down here and be very well organised and ready to play ball.

“That said, we know if we play as well as we’re capable of, we can make life difficult for any team coming to the RSC.

“It’s also great to see that we can have 500 fans back in the ground on Sunday. You could see what the atmosphere was like over the last few weeks when we could have 200 fans in, so I’m looking forward to seeing that going up a notch.

“Hopefully it won’t be much longer before we can have bigger attendances and use it to help drive the boys on.”

The Blues must contend without the services of Oscar Brennan, Brian Murphy, Daryl Murphy and Katlego Mashigo through injury. Cameron Evans and Prince Mutswunguma are suspended.

SLIGO ROVERS

Sligo Rovers will be looking to shake off their European disappointment on Sunday afternoon as they take on Waterford at the RSC.

The Bit O’Red were knocked out of Europe by FH 3-1 on aggregate despite being on top for most of the two-legged affair.

However, Liam Buckley will be hoping that his charges can shake off that loss and get back to winning ways in the domestic front.

“Just need to move on from that quickly, it’s done and dusted,” Buckley told the Irish Sun after the game.

“For me, the next thing is what are doing down in Waterford.

“We’ve got to regroup now; we’ve got a difficult game down in Waterford.

“There is a short turnaround, but we’ve got to take it on and we’re still top of the table.

“We won’t be judged on this (Europe) at the end of the season, we’ll be judged on where we are in the league.”

Referee: David Dunne.

 

BETTING

Waterford 7/2; Draw 23/10; Sligo Rovers ¾.

PREDICTION

Waterford 1 - 1 Sligo Rovers

 

Waterford

Injured: Katlego Mashigo, Oscar Brennan, Daryl Murphy, Brian Murphy.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: Cameron Evans, Prince Mutswunguma.

 

Sligo Rovers

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.


Waterford
LJuly 2, 2021
Derry 2 - 0 Waterford
WJuly 9, 2021
Harps 0 - 1 Waterford
WJuly 18, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Sligo
DJuly 23, 2021
Athlone 4 - 4 Waterford
WJuly 30, 2021
Drogheda 1 - 2 Waterford
Matthew Connor 13
Goalkeeper 25'
25Subbed Off: Paul Martin 25'
Kyle Ferguson 6
25'
25Subbed Off: George Forrest 25'
Defender
Jeremie Milambo
68'
68Subbed Off: Jack Stafford 68'
Defender
Darragh Power 2
Defender
Shane Griffin 7
Midfielder
Eddie Nolan
Midfielder
Niall O'Keeffe 14
Sent Off: 87'
Midfielder
Junior Quitirna
81'
81Subbed Off: Isaac Tshipamba 81'
Midfielder
Anthony Wordsworth
Midfielder
Cian Kavanagh 10
Scored: 53'
87'
87Subbed Off: Tunmise Sobowale 87'
Forward
John Martin 12
Forward

Substitutes
George Forrest
25'
25Subbed On: Kyle Ferguson 25'
Defender
Max Hutchinson
Midfield
Paul Martin 30
25'
25Subbed On: Matthew Connor 25'
Goalkeeper
Tunmise Sobowale 18
87'
87Subbed On: Cian Kavanagh 87'
Midfield
Jack Stafford 19
68'
68Subbed On: Jeremie Milambo 68'
Defender
Isaac Tshipamba 21
81'
81Subbed On: Junior Quitirna 81'
Midfield
Sligo
WJuly 3, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Sligo
LJuly 8, 2021
FH 1 - 0 Sligo
LJuly 15, 2021
Sligo 1 - 2 FH
LJuly 18, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Sligo
LJuly 25, 2021
Sligo 2 - 3 Cork
16 Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
3 Regan Donelon
Defender
26 Garry Buckley
Defender 75'
75Subbed Off: Adam McDonnell 75'
2 Lewis Banks
Defender
7 Jordan Gibson
Midfielder
22 David Cawley ©
Midfielder
Booked: 12'
65'
65Subbed Off: Romeo Parkes 65'
12 Mark Byrne
Midfielder 65'
65Subbed Off: Colm Horgan 65'
14 Shane Blaney
Midfielder
8 Niall Morahan
Midfielder
10 Walter Figueira
Forward 65'
65Subbed Off: Seamas Keogh 65'
24 Johnny Kenny
Forward 75'
75Subbed Off: Danny Kane 75'

Substitutes
9 Ryan De Vries
Forward
20 Darren Collins
Forward
30 Richard Brush
Goalkeeper
3 Colm Horgan
Defender 65'
65Subbed On: Mark Byrne 65'
4 Danny Kane
Defender 75'
75Subbed On: Johnny Kenny 75'
Seamas Keogh
Midfield 65'
65Subbed On: Walter Figueira 65'
21 John Mahon
Defender
Adam McDonnell
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Garry Buckley 75'
27 Romeo Parkes
Forward 65'
65Subbed On: David Cawley 65'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 4 p.m. July 18, 2021

Venue: RSC

Referee: David Dunne

Attendance: Unknown

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