Date Time League Season
9 September 2022 7:45 pm First Division 2022

Match Report

Late drama at the RSC as Cork City stole victory at the death

Ruairi Keating netted a 94th-minute penalty to see Cork City record a 2-1 Munster Derby victory over 10-man Waterford at a packed RSC this evening.

A cagey first half left a lot to be desired of this clash but the game sparked into life in the second after Cian Murphy put Cork ahead on 55 minutes as Waterford failed to defend a City set-piece.

Minutes later Waterford would take another blow as Tunmise Sobowale was shown a straight red card after he collided with Cork's Aaron Bolger.

The Blues pushed relentlessly after that and struck an equaliser as debutant sub Raul Uche met a Phoenix Patterson corner in the 89th minute.

A late penalty was rewarded to City at the end of four minutes of additional time after Ally Gilchrist was deemed to be fouled in the Waterford area and Keating fired in the winner.

A substantial crowd presented themselves for Waterford's first home game under new owner Andy Pilley though the first-half of this derby may have bored supporters of both sides.

League leaders Cork preferred to sit back though Ruairi Keating would hit two decent chances over the crossbar for the visitors.

Waterford saw much of the ball but struggled to bypass the Cork defensive structure, with striker Wassim Aouachria well-marshalled by City center-back Ally Gilchrist.

Blues dangerman Phoenix Patterson was limited to sending in crosses from his left-wing while runs from Junior Quitirna and Roland Idowu were halted by the City defence.

Aouachria came closest to putting Waterford ahead on 39 minutes after he attempted to run on to a long ball from Idowu but Cork's keeper David Harrington rushed out to boot it away.

If the opening half was somewhat dull, there was enough excitement for two halves in the second period of play.

Cork pressure after the restart told in the 55th minute after Waterford failed to deal with a City set-piece.

Paul Martin made an excellent save to deny a Cork attacker's initial attempt on goal but Cian Murphy was there to follow up and powered home from point-blank range to send the Rebels ahead.

The Blues took another blow moments later when Sobowale was sent off by referee Alan Patchell.

Nevertheless, the home side had most of the play from then on and pushed for an equaliser, with an  Aouachria header hitting the crossbar on 64 minutes.

Waterford appeared to have sealed a draw when the Spaniard Uche struck a goal on 89 minutes but there was more to come.

The final minute of extra time saw Gilchrist hit the ground inside the Waterford box and a penalty was awarded, with Aouachria seen to have shoved the defender, and Keating put it away to extend Cork's lead at the top of the division.  

  • 94'

    Full-Time Waterford 11-2 Cork City after all that late drama!

  • 93'

    Ruairi Keating's penalty hits the post and goes in!

  • 93'

    Cork penalty

  • 89'

    Uche scores!

  • 89'

    Patterson wins a corner for Waterford

  • 85'

    Idowu shoots from outside the box but his effort goes over

  • 85'

    Idowu shoots from outside the box but his effort goes over

  • 75'

    New signing Raul Uche replaces Shane Griffin for the Blues

  • 67'

    Another corner for Waterford after Darragh power's corner is defended

  • 64'

    Aouachria's header hits the crossbar!

  • 60'

    Waterford attack at pace and win a corner

  • 59'

    Martin makes an excellent save on Bargary to keep it at 1-0

  • 58'

    Idowu's volley blocked by Gilchrist!

  • 57'

    Sobowale red-carded for Waterford

  • 54'

    GOAL! Cian Murphy scores the opener after Paul Martin saves the initial attempt by Cork

  • 54'

    Cork win their second corner of the game after some good pressure from the visitors

  • 46'

    The second-half has began at the RSC!

  • 48'

    Half-Time at the RSC 0-0

  • 47'

    Coffey goes high and over the goal for City

  • 45'

    There will be three minutes additional time

  • 40'

    Cork hit well over - Keating again

  • 39'

    Aouachria is just about prevented from getting on the end of Idowu's long ball as David Harrington rushes out

  • 32'

    Niall O'Keefe booked for Waterford

  • 30'

    Play resumes after Richard Taylor receives some attention

  • 28'

    Cagey game so far, still nothing clear in front of goal

  • 25'

    Keating volleys over

  • 24'

    Idowu's shot is off target

  • 22'

    Waterford win a second corner

  • 19'

    Jonas Hakkinen replaces the injured Joshua Honohan for Cork City

  • 16'

    Has not been any huge chances for either side so far, Waterford just edging it at the moment

  • 9'

    Waterford applying pressure now

  • 1'

    The Blues get the game underway!


22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 33 Defender
3Richard Taylor Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder 32'
7Shane Griffin 10 Midfielder
9Wassim Aouachria Forward
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12Tunmise Sobowale Defender 57'
20Roland Idowu Midfielder
24Killian Cantwell Defender
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
26Dara Kavanagh Goalkeeper
8Yassine En-Neyah Midfielder
10Raúl Uche 7 Forward 89'
14Timi Sobowale Defender
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
19Remi Thompson Midfielder
33Owen Oseni 2 Forward
34Dean Larkin Midfielder
47Harvey Warren Defender

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
6Ally Gilchrist Defender
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder
9Ruairi Keating Forward 94'
10Barry Coffey 19 Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Forward
15Matt Healy Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley Forward
18Joshua Honohan 28 Defender
24Cian Murphy Forward 54'
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
19Matt Srbely 10 Midfielder
22James Doona Midfielder
25Gordon Walker Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen 18 Defender
40Louis Britton Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 19)
0 - 0
First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Waterford

(Round 11)
1 - 2
First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Cork City

(Round 5)
2 - 0
First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Waterford

(Series 16)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Waterford

(Series 7)
0 - 0
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Cork City


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