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24 June 2022 7:45 pm First Division 2022

Match Report

Searle off to a good start

Danny Searle's reign as new Waterford manager got off to a positive start as the Blues cruised to a 1-0 win over Bray at the RSC this evening.

Louis Britton's 52nd minute strike was the difference, the on-loan striker getting on the end of an excellent Roland Idowu cross to strike at the far post and grab his fourth goal in three games against Bray.

Waterford were by far the slicker side throughout although they failed to convert a number of chances which would have seen them come away with a bigger lead in what was their seventh consecutive win. Wanderers struggled to threaten over the course of the 90 minutes, with set-piece chances not proving enough for the visitors.

Waterford looked slick when passing the ball out of defence but struggled to find Louis Britton up front in the game's early stages.

Perhaps a consequence of having gone a month without a competitive fixture, the Blues lacked precision with the final ball and good moves forward were let down by that inaccuracy.

Bray relied on set-pieces to threaten and won a several corners up the field from counter-attacks, but, like their opponents, they could not create anything close to a decent chance.

Waterford began to get the upper hand on proceedings after the ten minute mark as they found those vital passes up front and opportunities came.

A Phoenix Patterson cross from the left found Louis Britton in front of the Bray goal but the on-loan hitman was off-balance and hit his effort well over on 12 minutes.

Bray keeper Stephen McGuinness did well to snuff out chances which saw Junior Quitirna and then Patterson charge down on goal as the Blues' momentum continued.

Patterson was a menace to the Wanderers' defence and his shot off his left on 20 minutes slid just over the crossbar to keep things level.

Richard Taylor and then Quitirna had chances from corners but couldn't find the target as the home sides' opportunities began to pile up as heavy rain poured down at the RSC.

McGuinness again kept things level on 35 minutes when Junior hit a powerful effort from outside the box.

At the end of two minutes additional time, Waterford appeared to have finally made the breakthrough when Taylor nodded down to Britton, who smashed it home only for the duo to be called offside, leaving the sides level at the break.

The teams had an extended rest due to a floodlight problem at the RSC which was resolved after some 25 minutes.

Bray won a free-kick in front of goal within the opening moments and came very close to scoring as Conor Clifford's low effort was deflected just around the post for a corner.

That was as good as it would get for the visitors though, as Waterford stepped up a gear from then on and took the lead before long.

Roland Idowu found himself with plenty of space on the right wing to deliver an excellent cross to Britton in the Bray box for Waterford to take the lead.

Numerous chances followed for the Blues through Britton, Junior and Patterson but, although they outclassed their opposition. they could not find another goal.

  • 93'

    Full-Time at the RSC. Waterford 1-0 Bray Wanderers as the home side are by far the better side.

  • 92'

    Goes over from the corner

  • 91'

    Louis Britton lays off to Patterson in the box but its saved and goes out for a corner to Waterford

  • 90'

    Junior looks for a penalty

  • 90'

    3 minutes added

  • 83'

    Subs on both sides

  • 72'

    Waterford have been very effective down the right wing in this half - Sobale and Idowu causing trouble

  • 71'

    Stray Bray ball allows Junior a chance but he can't get a decent effort away

  • 71'

    Game has become slightly scrappy

  • 68'

    Callum Thompson replaces Zak O'Neill for Bray

  • 68'

    Sobale can't find anyone in the center for Waterford, the home side well on top

  • 68'

    Junior tries to curl one in from the left wing but McGuinness gets there in plenty of time

  • 65'

    McGuinness with another great save, denies Patterson this time

  • 61'

    Another great Idowu cross defended by Blackbyrne!

  • 53'

    Improved conditions at the RSC as Junior goes just right and wide with his effort

  • 52'

    Britton GOAL!!!!! He gets on the end of an excellent Idowu cross and hits in at the far post!

  • 50'

    Conor Cifford goes low with an excellent effort, deflected out for a corner

  • 49'

    Bray win a free in front of goal

  • 45'

    Back underway

  • 45'

    Extended break has come to an end after a problem with the RSC's floodlights has been resolved

  • 47'

    Long ball in the dying minutes sees Richard Taylor head it down to Britton who fires home only to be called offside. Waterford 0-0 Bray at half-time.

  • 47'

    Long ball in the dying minutes sees Richard Taylor head it down to Britton who fires home only to be called offside. Waterford 0-0 Bray at half-time.

  • 45'

    There will be two minutes additional time

  • 40'

    Waterford with an attacking throw

  • 35'

    McGuinness makes a good save on Junior. The Blues forward has another effort go amiss moments later from the left

  • 33'

    Conor Clifford booked for a heavy tackle on Patterson

  • 33'

    Idowu's effort blocked down

  • 32'

    Heavy rain shower at the RSC now

  • 30'

    Patterson corner goes deep to Junior who can't get it on target

  • 29'

    A Patterson cross causes danger but Britton misses the ball and a good chance goes amiss. the Blues do win a corner though

  • 27'

    The home side come close, Richard Taylor got a touch but it rolls out wide at the far post

  • 27'

    Waterford corner after Bray had a spell at the other end

  • 24'

    Griffin shoots wide from distance

  • 23'

    Idowu offside in a good position

  • 21'

    First Waterford corner

  • 19'

    Phoenix Patterson shoots over with his left foot from outside the box, goes just over

  • 17'

    Waterford getting on top but look a bit rusty with final passes going amiss

  • 15'

    Patterson has a similar chance halted by the Bray keeper

  • 15'

    Junior Quitirna is rewarded for good pressuring with a chance but its snuffed out by Stephen McGuinness

  • 12'

    Taylor booked for the Blues

  • 12'

    Patterson crosses from the far left to find an off-balance Britton, who fires over

  • 9'

    Nice play by Waterford out of defence but can't find Britton up front

  • 7'

    Brian Murphy's quick reactions stops a possible Waterford OG

  • 5'

    Another Bray corner as Daniel Blackbyrne's long throw-in is deflected out

  • 3'

    Bray break well and win the game's first corner

  • 2'

    Waterford putting the guests under pressure early

  • 1'

    The Blues get the game under way!

  • 5 minutes 'til kick-off at the RSC

  • 5 minutes 'til kick-off at the RSC

  • Bray's no.6 Conor Clifford captains the visitors this evening

  • Louis Britton has 3 goals in 2 games against Bray this season. He leads the line again for the Blues tonight

  • Teams in!

  • Team news will be up shortly!

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Waterford FC v Bray Wanderers at the RSC. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be providing live updates throughout this evening. Kick-Off is at 7.45pm!

Waterford

1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
3Richard Taylor 12'
6Eddie Nolan Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
8Yassine En-Neyah Midfielder
9Louis Britton Forward 52'
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12Olawutunmise Sobowale Defender
20Roland Idowu 18
24Killian Cantwell Defender
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
2Darragh Power Defender
5George Forrest Defender
14Kevin Joshua
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
17Nigel Aris Midfielder
18Callum Stringer 20 Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
33Owen Oseni Forward
49Romeo Akachunkwu

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
3Kevin Knight Defender
6Conor Clifford 22 Midfielder 33'
9Rob Manley 24 Forward
11Paul Fox Midfielder
15Eoin Massey Midfielder
17Karl Manahan Forward
18Zak O’Neill 16 Midfielder
23Conor McManus
26Ben Feeney 10 Forward
10Kieran Marty Waters 26 Forward
12Jack Hudson Defender
16Callum Thompson 18 Midfielder
20Eoin McPhillips Midfielder
22Vilius Labutis 6 Midfielder
21Conor Knight Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 9 Forward
25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
28Darragh Livingston

Past Meetings

(Round 15)
1 - 4
First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Waterford

(Round 2)
1 - 0
First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Bray Wanderers

Ground

Regional Sports Centre
Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Inner Ring Road, Kilbarry, Waterford, County Waterford, Munster, X91 KT29, Ireland

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University