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Date Time League Season
24 September 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Patterson delivers for Waterford

Phoenix Patterson's 50th minute strike kept Waterford from falling into the Premier Division's relegation play-off place as the Blues defeated 10 man Drogheda United 1-0 at the RSC this evening.

After Drogheda's Gary Deegan received a second yellow card, Waterford implemented an excellent training ground move which saw Patterson's powerful strike hit home the game's only goal.

Constantly on the offensive, the home side looked the hungrier throughout the game and could have scored more had they been more clinical in front of goal.

With their top-flight credentials at stake, Waterford looked the far hungrier side as they went in search of a vital three points.

The attacking trio of Patterson, Armando Junior Quitirna and Prince Mustwunguma were a real threat for the Blues going forward and caused the Drogheda defence numerous problems.

Prince came close with a great shot on the turn on nine minutes while Patterson and Junior combined well in attack soon after only to be denied by Drogs keeper David Odumosu.

Odumosu stepped up again a minute later to save another shot by Patterson and keep the visiting side in the game.

Drogheda relied on the counter to keep the home side on their toes and the pace of Jordan Adeyemo up front did provide an attacking threat for the visitors with what little ball they could provide him.

After a volley of early chances for Waterford, the game lost a bit of life after 20 minutes and both sides exchanged possession without ever really threatening the other.

Killian Philips headed a decent chance over from Drogheda's third corner of the game just before half-time and the sides went into the break level at 0-0.

The second half started with the home-side attack players once again making an impact.

When Prince made a break in midfield, he was pulled down by Gary Deegan who received his second yellow of the game and leaving his side down to 10 men with 42 minutes still remaining in the second half.

The Blues took full advantage from the following set-piece, implementing a training ground move which saw the ball rolled to Patterson at the edge of the box. He struck the ball powerfully and though Odumosu got a hand to it, but he could not stop it from crossing the goal line.

With their numerical advantage and vocal home support, Waterford dominated for the remainder of the game.

Patterson's strong running tormented the Drogheda defence while Cameron Evans, Junior, and Anthony Wordsworth all had chances to double the side's lead.

As the match entered its final stages, Drogheda attempted to equalise but a number of long balls sent into the opposition half failed to beat the Blues' defence.

Waterford held on for a vital three points which sees them stay a point ahead of Dundalk in a race to avoid the threat of relegation.

  • 93'

    Full Time at the RSC. Waterford FC 1-0 Drogheda United. Phoenix Patterson\'s 50th minute goal gives the Blues a vital win to keep them from falling into the relegation play-off place. The home side threatened more all evening and Gary Deegan\'s sending off for Drogheda gave the Blues the advantage, scoring the winner from the following set-piece move.

  • 93'

    John Martin booked for Waterford

  • 92'

    Drogheda attacking still with 2 minutes remaining

  • 90'

    There will be 4 minutes added time at the RSC

  • 89'

    Drogheda seeking an equaliser as the clock is running out

  • 86'

    Brian Murphy catches James Brown's cross

  • 85'

    Patterson continuing to run at the Drogs defence as the game enters its final stages

  • 79'

    Daniel O'Reilly's shot goes well over for the visitors as Drogheda begin to look resurgent

  • 75'

    Odumosu makes an easy save from Prince's long range effort

  • 73'

    Greg Halford replaces Junior for Waterford

  • 72'

    Drogheda now beginning to threaten more

  • 70'

    Philip's header misses the target

  • 67'

    Wordsworth pulls a great opportunity right of the post and wide

  • 67'

    Jack Stafford replaces Cameron Evans

  • 64'

    Good save by Odemosu as Waterford well on top

  • 61'

    Patterson's shot goes well over

  • 59'

    Patterson on the ball a lot now for Waterford, center stage to the Blues attacking

  • 56'

    Odumosu makes a good save at the other end!

  • 55'

    Brian Murphy makes a good save as a Drogs effort comes off the post

  • 52'

    Training ground move from Waterford for the goal. Ball is hit low to Patterson in the box who strikes it at goal. Drogs keeper gets a hand to it but can't prevent the goal.

  • 50'

    Phoenix Patterson scores for Waterford!!!!!!!! 1-0

  • 48'

    Gary Deegan sent off for Drogheda as he receives a second yellow for pulling down Prince in midfield

  • 45'

    And the second half is underway!

  • 47'

    Half-time - Waterford FC 0 - 0 Drogheda United. The home side came out the hungrier and had a number of good chances to take the lead. The game lost a bit of life as the half went on and the sides went in even at the break,

  • 44'

    2 minutes added time

  • 44'

    Philips heads wide from a Drogheda corner

  • 41'

    Darragh Power down in midfield for Waterford

  • 37'

    The Blues continuing to press the visitors

  • 32'

    John Martin blocked by Conor Kane

  • 32'

    Murphy gathers Kyle Ferguson's timid shot on goal

  • 31'

    Darragh Power's cross is deflected as Waterford are back on the attack

  • 30'

    Both sides have exchanged possession with little to note

  • 24'

    Game has gone a bit lifeless now

  • 21'

    Junior shoots right at the Drogs keeper

  • 19'

    The visitors enjoying a spell of possession now

  • 18'

    Kyle Ferguson heads over

  • 17'

    Odomosu again after Patterson gets another opportunity

  • 16'

    Good save by Odumosu after Patterson and Junior combine well for Waterford

  • 13'

    Waterford looking the better side so far

  • 9'

    Deegan booked for Drogheda

  • 8'

    Drogheda looking dangerous on the counter as they win a second corner

  • 7'

    Martin cant get on the end of a Patterson ball into the Drogs box

  • 6'

    Prince Mustwunga comes close with a shot on the turn

  • 4'

    Waterford threatening in this half's early stages

  • 1'

    Evans booked early for Waterford

  • Big crowd at the RSC as Waterford will aim to go 6 consecutive games unbeaten at their home ground

  • Less than 10 minutes 'til kick off at the RSC!

  • A win for mid-table Drogheda would surely see the Claret and Blues secure their top-flight status for another year

  • Waterford really need 3 points tonight if they are to avoid the risk of being overtaken by Dundalk and dropping into the relegation play-off place

  • Welcome along to Final Whistle's coverage of Waterford v Drogheda United. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be taking you through this evening's game. Kick-Off is at 7.45pm!

Waterford

1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans 19 Defender 1'
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12John Martin Forward 90+3'
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder 58'
23Prince Mustwunguma Forward
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder 50'
46Eddie Nolan Defender
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
Greg Halford 11 Defender
Jamal Dupree Midfielder
5George Forrest Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
19Jack Stafford 3 Midfielder
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi Midfielder
25Kaleem Simon Midfielder

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender
7Darragh Markey 21 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder 9'
14Mark Doyle Forward 57'
17Ronan Murray 9 Forward
19Killian Phillips 22 Midfielder
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
24Joe Redmond Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
9Chris Lyons 17 Forward
10Dinny Corcoran Forward
15Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
21Luke Heeney 7 Midfielder 49'
22James Clarke 19 Midfielder
31Ahu Obhakhan Forward
41Dane Massey Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 22)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Waterford

(Series 10)
0 - 7
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Drogheda United

(Series 1)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Waterford

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