Date Time League Season
24 April 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Clinical Coughlan breaks Treaty

Waterford made it five wins from as many games under new manager Keith Long, as Ronan Coughlan netted a superb treble in his hometown.

Treaty United made a surprising six changes ahead of Friday’s clash with Kerry, as a youthful XI struggled to match the full-time Waterford outfit.

The three points cuts the gap to seven behind leaders Galway United, with this clash a re-fixed game from March – which fell foul of the heavy rain on Shannonside.

The visitors were 2-0 ahead at half-time thanks to a Coughlan brace. Dean George did net soon after for the hosts, but the were unable to build on this.

Coughlan’s first, a penalty after 18 minutes came after he was fouled by defender Ben O’Riordan. He soon added his second, with good work from Dean McMenamy allowing the striker time at the back post to put Waterford in firm control.

Tommy Barrett’s halftime subs of Dean George and Alex Byrne combined with Willie Armshaw for a 49th minute goal. A poor clearance to hit a Waterford defender and fall kindly to George, when it looked like the chance was gone.

But, a third Waterford goal arrived just after the hour mark. A neat layoff from Barry Baggley set up Ryan Burke who drilled home low from just outside the area.

Coughlan completed his hat-trick, minutes later, curling home with confidence following a swift move from the visitors. The former Sligo Rovers frontman has 12 goals in his last six outings, with another former employer Bray Wanderers next up.

Treaty Utd

13Shane Hallahan Goalkeeper
2Ben O’Riordan Defender 18'
15Andy Spain 11 Defender 24'
5Lee Devitt Midfielder
9Success Edogun 10 Forward
16William Armshaw Midfielder
17Scott Kirkland 8 Midfielder
18Colin Kelly Forward
22Darren Collins Forward
20Martin Coughlan 7 Midfielder
26Darren Nwankwo Defender
7Conor Barry 20 Midfielder
8Alec Byrne 17 Midfielder
10Dean George 9 Forward 49'
11Stephen Christopher 15 Midfielder
19Enda Curran Forward
21Colin Conroy Midfielder
24Joshua Coady Goalkeeper
27Robbie Lynch Midfielder
Niko Kozlowski 16 Midfielder


1Paul Martin Goalkeeper
3Ryan Burke Defender 61'
4Niall O’Keeffe 23 Midfielder
7Shane Griffin 11 Midfielder
8Barry Baggley 20 Midfielder
10Connor Parsons Forward
12Tunmise Sobowale Defender
19Ronan Coughlan 9 Forward 18', 22', 65'
22Giles Phillips Defender
27Dean McMenamy 6 Midfielder
34Dean Larkin Midfielder
6Eddie Nolan 27 Defender
9Thomas Oluwa 19 Forward
11Christopher Conn-Clarke 7 Midfielder
17Harvey Warren Defender
20Roland Idowu 8 Midfielder
23Romeo Akachukwu 4 Midfielder
24Killian Cantwell Defender
31Calum Flynn Forward
33Ronan Mansfield Forward
  • 86'

    Game petering out here.

  • 75'

    Waterford making a few changes shortly, they are cruising to victory.

  • 70'

    Treaty making two subs.

  • 65'

    Three of the best, he's made them pay, Ronan Coughlan completes his hat-trick. He storms down the left, cuts in, and curls into the top corner. Game. Over.

  • 61'

    Ryan Burke with a powerful strike from outside the area, that just gets beyond the keeper. 1-3, game over?

  • 60'

    Ronan Coughlan, bit of magic with the feet, but his shot is straight at Hallahan who beats it away.

  • 58'

    Nwankwo goes up the other end and heads narrowly over from a Martin Coughlan corner. Open game now all of a sudden.

  • 57'

    Waterford back on the front foot but good work from Darren Nwankwo sends it behind for a corner.

  • 54'

    George hits a low effort from a tough angle, but it goes narrowly wide.

  • 49'

    Goal, the tie is alive. Dean George sees a cross about to be cleared only for it to hit a Waterford defender and come straight to him. He heads home, 1-2!

  • 45'

    Half-time, no additional needed. Waterford in firm control.

  • 44'

    Coughlan linking well, but this move breaks down inside the area.

  • 42'

    This game is going very well for Waterford, who are really dominating in all sectors.

  • 39'

    A first shot of the evening for the hosts - Willie Armshaw with a weak half-volley straight at keeper Martin.

  • 35'

    Dean McMenamy hits the post with a low effort. Treaty giving the ball away far too easily and they are almost gone from this contest. The ball bounced back into the area and they just about cleared.

  • 30'

    Waterford all over Treaty - who are looking every bit the in-experienced XI that has been selected.

  • 22'

    Connor Parsons with a lovely low cross, which is turned home by the red hot Coughlan for a 2-0 buffer.

  • 18'

    Ronan Coughlan passes a penalty, which he won, to the net. Lee Devitt tripped him inside the six-yard box.

  • 16'

    Another Coughlan chance but he gets it all wrong - out for a goalkick.

  • 9'

    Shane Griffin with a scruffy shot at the keeper, Coughlan follows up but only finds the side net with the effort. Waterford well on top.

  • 6'

    Ronan Coughlan with a header that Shane Hallahan gathers with some ease. Chance all the same.

  • 5'

    Ronan Coughlan with an early, tentative, penalty appeal.

  • 4'

    The ball is in the net as Connor Parsons cuts it back and Treaty put it in via a deflection - BUT - the ball had already gone out for a goal kick.

  • 1'

    Game on in Limerick - a dropping sun means the away support have their hands and hats ready to improve their view.

  • Treaty United v Waterford is set, no rain this time. This game starts at 7.45pm. Treaty make six changes, which is a sure sign they are happy to focus on Friday's clash with Kerry FC at this venue - the Markets Field. Tom Clancy will provide updates from the Limerick venue.

Past Meetings

(Play Off 2nd Leg)
3 - 3
LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford 3-3 Treaty United

(Play Off 1st Leg)
1 - 4
LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs
Markets Field

Treaty United 1-4 Waterford

(Round 34)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford 3-0 Treaty United

(Round 27)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United 1-2 Waterford

(Round 18)
4 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Treaty United

(Round 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v Waterford


Markets Field
Markets Field, Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, V94 AY9C, Ireland

Tom is a multimedia reporter and broadcaster based in Limerick. His main focus is Soccer, Gaelic Games and Rugby. He first starting writing reports aged 14. He is no relation to Tom Clancy, American novelist.