Date Time League Season
2 November 2021 6:15 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Derry deliver late to earn Waterford draw

A 93rd minute Cameron McJannett goal denied Waterford three points against Derry City as the two sides drew 2-2 at Regional Sports Centre this evening.

It was a fast start for the hosts, as a Jack Stafford cross was stabbed home by Junior Quitirna after just three minutes.
After some frustrating play, the Candystripes equalised through Danny Lafferty’s close range effort.

It wasn't long before the Blues were back in front, Greg Halford finding himself free at the back post from a free-kick to make it 2-1 before half-time.

However, Derry would grab a last-gasp point, as McJannett slammed into the net after a scramble in the box.

There was no time for the visitors to settle into the game, as Waterford started quickly. The trio of Phoenix Patterson, Stafford and Quitirna linked up to supply the latter with a golden opportunity. The Blues number eleven nipped just ahead of his man to aim a strike into the back of the Derry net.

A lull in the play soon followed, with stoppages and a generally pedestrian play style from the Candystripes lowering the tempo greatly. In spite of this, some magic near the corner flag from James Akintunde created a crossing opportunity. The ball was met by Lafferty who squeezed the ball just past Paul Martin.

With momentum going Ruaidhri Higgins’ team’s way, Halford scored against the run of play. A Patterson free-kick was nodded across the box to the towering centre-half, who couldn’t miss. The teams went in at half time with one much happier than the other.

The second-half was disjointed and chances were hard to come by for either side. Patterson left the ‘keeper flat-footed from a free-kick as his shot fizzed past the left upright.

Just when it seemed the game had wound down to its conclusion, the first Candystripes corner of the match caused chaos in the Waterford box. McJannett remained composed and put his foot through the ball to equal the scores.

For Waterford and Marc Bircham, this will feel like a loss, so close to a vital three points. City can take heart from their fight, but a point doesn’t really help in their European race.

  • Full time: Waterford 2-2 Derry City

  • 90'

    Three minutes into added time and Cameron McJannett scores!

  • 90'

    Jack Stafford picks up a yellow.

  • 90'

    Four added minutes.

  • 89'

    After the ball pings up in the air in the Waterford box, McGonigle controls it down, turns and shoots. Simple save for Paul Martin.

  • 88'

    Martin shoots on goal after a Blues break. Gartside has to make an important save.

  • 86'

    John Martin holds the ball up in the corner, he then wriggles free and drives towards the box. In comes a tackle and it's a Waterford corner. Fantastic from Martin.

  • 85'

    Patrick Ferry is on for Derry.

  • 85'

    Danny Lafferty is off for Derry.

  • 84'

    The free-kick is laid off to Patterson, who drills a strike just past the left post. So close.

  • 83'

    Tshipamba powers away on the counter-attack, he finds Niall O'Keefe who turns just outside the box before being pulled down by Hery.

  • 80'

    Shane Griffin looked to burst through on the counter attack after intercepting, Cameron McJannett is there to make the vital challenge.

  • 78'

    Lafferty tries to feed a cross into the box after controlling a long pass. The ball is poor however, and Martin easily claims.

  • 74'

    For all the newfound urgency that Derry are showing, they aren't creating any chances. Passes aren't connecting and players are losing focus at the wrong times.

  • 71'

    Evans gets a yellow card for kicking the ball away.

  • 68'

    City are trying to take the game to the Blues, but the Waterford defence is sturdy and is rebuffing anything that the visitors can throw at it.

  • 66'

    Ronaldo Green is off for the hosts.

  • 66'

    Shane Griffin is on for the hosts.

  • 63'

    Tshipamba shows good pace and determination to pursue a pass towards him. Cameron McJannett makes a meal of the defending, but eventually wins his team a goal kick.

  • 60'

    Ciaran Coll is off for Derry.

  • 60'

    Will Fitzgerald is on for the visitors.

  • 58'

    Patterson cuts in and out on the left of the Derry box before shooting. Gartside makes a great stop and grabs the ball.

  • 56'

    Eoin Toal is in the book for a bad foul.

  • 55'

    It's been a second-half of injuries and not a lot of chances so far. Derry have been playing well in midfield thanks to the play of Hery.

  • 51'

    Isaac Tshimpamba is on for Waterford.

  • 51'

    Junior Quitirna is off for Waterford.

  • 50'

    Jamie McGonigle is on for Derry.

  • 50'

    Ronan Boyce is off due to injury for Derry.

  • 46'

    Evan McLaughlin is off for the Candystripes at half-time.

  • 46'

    Bastien Hery is on for the Candystripes at half-time.

  • 46'

    Play is back underway.

  • The teams are back out for the second-half.

  • Half-time: Waterford 2-1 Derry City

  • 45'

    Junior Quitirna shows his skill and confidence by flicking the ball up and scorpion kicking it to a team mate. He's been entertaining to watch so far.

  • 43'

    Waterford on the attack again as Patterson sprints forward into the box. He shoots with his left foot, but Toal gets in the way to block.

  • 42'

    Lafferty fizzes a close range free kick under the wall. It's well struck, but straight at Martin.

  • 39'

    Goal Waterford! Greg Halford after Wordsworth headed a free-kick across the box and onto the big centre-half's head.

  • 38'

    Lafferty and Derry counter after Waterford committed men up the field. He pulls a pass back to Evan McLaughlin, who scuffs a shot wide.

  • 34'

    All of a sudden there's a little more zip in the visitors passing. Can they grab another goal before half-time?

  • 30'

    Great work from Akintunde to turn his man on the right and put in a dangerous cross. Paul Martin nearly kept out Lafferty's effort, but the ball crept in.

  • 30'

    Goal Derry! Lafferty scores after meeting an Akintunde cross at the back post.

  • 28'

    Junior Quitirna robs a Derry defender then quickly releases a shot. It's straight at Nathan Gartside.

  • 26'

    Waterford break and a Patterson cross deflects out to Cameron Evans. The defender connects well, but the shot is easily saved.

  • 22'

    The Candystripes play has been very pedestrian and predictable, they're dictating the tempo of the game with their possession, and that tempo is painfully slow.

  • 17'

    Finally a fast passing move from the visitors. They get the ball down the left and into the box. Paul Martin claims at the second attempt.

  • 16'

    Due to the injury and the ball going out of play a number of times, the pace has really died in these early stages. That'll suit the blues down to the ground.

  • 14'

    Ronaldo Green has been a really nuisance in the centre of the park so far. He's been full of energy, giving City no time on the ball.

  • 12'

    Kyle Ferguson is on for Waterford.

  • 12'

    Darragh Power is off for Waterford. He picked up an injury in the tackle for which he recieved a yellow card.

  • 8'

    Darragh Power picks up a yellow for a bad tackle on Ciaron Coll.

  • 7'

    Akintunde chests the ball down from a long pass, Thomson sprints onto it and shoots. The effort is straight at Paul Martin.

  • 6'

    Junior and Phoenix Patterson looking lively early on, their combined play opened up the Candystripes defence. Derry are pushing forward, but that'll allow the Blues to counter.

  • 3'

    Goal Waterford! Stafford squares it and Junior fires home after three minutes!

  • 1'

    And we're off. The game gets underway.

  • Out come the teams at the regional sports centre. A big game for both sides, Waterford need security from the relegation play-off, and Derry need to keep up the pressure for a top three place.

  • Waterford team news: Marc Bircham makes two changes to the side that lost to Dundalk 1-0. Kyle Ferguson and Shane Griffin drop out, with Niall O'Keefe and Ronaldo Green replacing them.

  • Derry team news: Ruaidhri Higgins makes two changes to the side that drew last time out against Bohemians. Ciaron Harkin and Jamie McGonigle are out, Jack Malone and Evan McLaughlin come in.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Waterford vs Derry City. I'm Jon Parkin, and I will be covering this evening's game.


22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 6 Defender 8'
3Cameron Evans Defender 71'
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder
11Armando Junior Quitirna 21 Midfielder 3'
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
16Ronaldo Romario Green 7 Midfielder
19Jack Stafford Midfielder 90'
20Greg Halford Defender 39'
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
Jamal Dupree Midfielder
5George Forrest Defender
6Kyle Ferguson 2 Defender
7Shane Griffin 16 Midfielder
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi 11 Midfielder
26Callum Stringer Midfielder
30Kyle Cooke Midfielder

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll 7 Defender
6Eoin Toal Defender 56'
8Joe Thomson Midfielder
11James Akintunde Forward
11Ronan Boyce 10 Defender
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward
21Cameron McJannet Defender 90'
24Danny Lafferty Defender 30'
25Evan McLaughlin 21 Defender
29Jack Malone Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
Gerard Storey Midfielder
7Will Fitzgerald 3 Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle 11 Forward
20Darren Cole Defender
21Bastien Hery 25 Midfielder
24Mark McChrystal Defender
31Patrick Ferry Forward
33Michael Harris Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 19)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 12)
0 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Derry City

(Series 3)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 14)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 5)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Derry City


Graham Kelly


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

A master's journalism student at Birmingham City University. Jon Parkin has done interviews with numerous people from across the English football pyramid. He has also written for website My Old Man Said for over a year and a half.