|3 October 2022||7:45 pm||LOI Men's First Division||2022|
A wonderful free kick from Phoenix Patterson and a fine finish from Wassim Aouachria were enough to give Waterford the win as they overturned an early goal of the season effort from Matthew O'Brien after just 2 minutes.
Patterson and Idowu were in inspirational form for the Blues as they showed their pedigree with both sides already guaranteed a playoff place later at the end of the regular season.
Longford had a late shout for a penalty turned away and Waterford keeper Paul Martin making a fine save from Clarke in the last minute of the game to ensure the victory.
Most fans were barely in their seats when an innocuous throw in found it’s way to Matthew O’Brien who let fly from outside the box and found the back of the net giving Paul Martin no chance in the Waterford goal.
Waterford showed some nerves in the opening exchanges as keeper Paul Martin fumbled the first Longford corner but luckily a teammate cleared off the line to keep the game to just the single score.
Phoenix Patterson produced a moment of magic as he converted a close range free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net to leave Colm Cox in the Longford goal with no chance.
Moment’s later the visitors were ahead as a fine flowing move saw Quitirna find Wassim Aouachria in space and his strong effort found the bottom corner to turn the game completely on it’s head.
Both teams were already assured of their playoff place well before tonight’s game and it had an end of season feel to most of the game as some last-ditch challenges were all that saved both sides defences.
The loss of Michael Barker to injury as he made a block on the half-hour mark was a blow for the home side but the experienced Mick McDonnell was an able replacement for the defender.
Idowu and Patterson combined a number of times to create chances for each other but were unable to get an effort on target before the break.
The second half was a messy affair with both sides scrambling in defence as the referee flashed his yellow card no less than six times in what was a relatively tame affair between the two sides.
Longford had calls for a penalty late on when Adebeyo seemed to hit the deck in the final stages but the appeals were waved away by the match referee Oliver Moran who made some strange decisions throughout the game.
The final opportunities fell to Darren Clarke who forced a great save from Martin who was unsighted and when another corner fell to Clarke unmarked at the back post in injury time he wasn’t able to turn it home and Longford’s hope evaporated there.
Both sides will now feature in the playoff series in a number of weeks with a return meeting a likely possibility in the first round of that path to promotion.
|17. Matthew O'Brien||3'|
|14'||44. Phoenix Patterson|
|16'||9. Wassim Aouachria|
|42'||34. Dean Larkin|
|53'||8. Yassine En-Neyah|
|55'||20. Roland Idowu|
|59'||12. Tunmise Sobowale|
|21. Joe Power||63'|
|7. Darren Clarke||75'|
|City Calling Stadium, L50021, Mullolagher, Cloondara ED, Longford Municipal District, County Longford, Leinster, Ireland|