Date Time League Season
10 October 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

McCarthy Double Helps Galway Overcome Blues

Ed McCarthy scored a brace while Wassim Aouachria was also on target as Galway Utd maintained their unbeaten home record in the league with a fine win over Waterford.

In what was a wet and miserable night on the Dyke Road McCarthy opened the scoring in the 19th minute and doubled his side’s advantage in the 40th minute. Former Blues player Aouachria grabbed a third goal for John Caulfield’s side in the 54th minute. Sam Perry pulled a goal back for the Blues in the 86th minute.

Both sides had chances with Galway keeper Brendan Clarke and Waterford netminder Sam Sargeant forced into making saves. Sargeant denied Stephen Walsh in the 11th minute while Clarke saved from Roland Idowu two minutes later

The home side broke the deadlock in the 19th minute. Aouachria played the ball to McCarthy, he took on the Waterford defence who stood off him and then hit an excellent strike to the net. 

From a Waterford corner in the 24th minute the ball fell to Barry Baggley but his shot went just over the bar. Down the other end in the 28th minute David Hurley’s free found Walsh at the back post but Sargeant brought off a great save to deny him.

Minutes later Ronan Coughlan’s effort was deflected out for a corner. In the 34th minute Walsh found Aodh Dervin who forced Sargeant into making a fine save.

Five minutes from the break the home side got their second goal; Clarke’s goal-kick took a bounce to fall nicely for McCarthy who fired a neat effort to the net.

The home side got goal number three in the 54th minute; Hurley did well to win the ball in midfield before he played it into Aouachria and he made no mistake.

Waterford substitute keeper Jason Healy tipped over McCarthy’s cross in the 58th minute. Clarke saved Cameron Cresswell’s effort in the 65th minute as the visitors tried to get back into the game.

Both managers emptied their bench as the half went on. In the 85th minute Idowu hit a long range effort but it was saved by the Galway netminder. The Blues pulled a goal back in the 86th minute when Coughlan’s header at the back post was finished from close range by Perry.

Galway Utd

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
7Stephen Walsh Forward
10David Hurley 19 Midfielder 13'
12Aodh Dervin Midfielder
17Vincent Borden 27 Defender
20Evan O’Connor Defender 90'
24Edward McCarthy 14 Midfielder 19', 40'
31Wassim Aouachria 9 Forward 54'
16Alex Rutter Goalkeeper
14Ronan Manning 28 Midfielder
6Maurice Nugent Defender
9Rob Manley 31 Forward
19Francely Lomboto 10 Forward
23Darren Clarke Midfielder
27Steven Healy 17 Midfielder
28Daire McCarthy 14 Midfielder
29Oisin O’Reilly Defender


31Sam Sargeant 25 Goalkeeper
3Ryan Burke Defender
5Sam Perry Midfielder 86'
6Rowan McDonald 7 Defender
8Barry Baggley Midfielder
10Connor Parsons 21 Forward
14Derik Osede Defender
15Harry Nevin 2 Defender 27'
18Cameron Cresswell 27 Forward 51'
19Ronan Coughlan Forward
20Roland Idowu Midfielder
25Jason Healy 31 Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 15 Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
7Shane Griffin 6 Midfielder
11Serge Atakayi Forward
16Drew Baker Defender
21Christie Pattisson 10 Forward
24Killian Cantwell Defender
27Dean McMenamy 18 Midfielder
  • 90'

    Evan O'Connor is booked

  • 90'

    Daire McCarthy's low effort is wide.

  • 90'

    At least three minutes of additional time to be played here.

  • 86'

    Sam Perry pulls a goal back for the Blues

  • 84'

    Ronan Manning who had come on as a substitute is off

  • 84'

    Daire McCarthy is on

  • 75'

    Ed McCarthy is off

  • 75'

    Ronan Manning is on

  • 71'

    Cameron Cresswell is off

  • 71'

    Dean McMenamy is on

  • 71'

    Rowan McDonald is off

  • 71'

    Shane Griffin is on

  • 66'

    David Hurley is off

  • 66'

    Francely Lomboto is on

  • 66'

    Vincent Borden is off

  • 66'

    Steven Healy is on

  • 66'

    Wassim Aouachria is off

  • 66'

    Rob Manely is on

  • 65'

    Cameron Cresswell with an effort but it's saved by Brendan Clarke

  • 63'

    Connor Parsons is off

  • 63'

    Christie Pattison is on

  • 63'

    Harry Nevin is off

  • 63'

    Darragh Power is on

  • 58'

    Ed McCarthy with a fine cross that Jason Healy tips over the bar

  • 54'

    David Hurley does well to win the ball back before playing the ball to Wassim Aouachria and he makes no mistake

  • 51'

    Cameron Cresswell is booked

  • 50'

    Brendan Clarke is quick off his line to gather the ball

  • 46'

    Sam Sargeant is off

  • 46'

    Jason Healy is on

  • 45'

    Free for the home side.

  • 45'

    Sam Sargeant is down at the moment

  • 42'

    A nice shot from Ryan Burke but it just goes wide

  • 40'

    Brendan Clarke's kick-out takes a bounce and falls nicely to McCarthy who grabs his second goal of the game

  • 37'

    Walsh to Aodh Dervin and he brings a fine save out of Sargeant

  • 30'

    A shot from Ronan Coughlan is deflected out for a corner

  • 28'

    David Hurley finds Stephen Walsh at the backpost but Sargeant pulls off a super save to deny him

  • 27'

    Another Galway free

  • 27'

    Harry Nevin is booked

  • 26'

    David Hurley takes the free but it's blocked by the Waterford defence

  • 25'

    Galway have a free in a decent position

  • 24'

    The corner falls to Barry Baggley but his effort just goes over.

  • 23'

    Waterford have a corner

  • 19'

    Wassim Aouachria plays the ball to Ed McCarthy he goes through taking on the Wateford defence, no one came at him and he fires a neat strike to the net.

  • 17'

    Idowu's shot is blocked by Rob Slevin

  • 14'

    Another corner for Waterford.

  • 13'

    It falls to Roland Idowu but it's saved by Brendan Clarke for a corner.

  • 13'

    Waterford have a free.

  • 13'

    David Hurley is booked

  • 12'

    Galway have a corner

  • 11'

    Sargeant saves from Stephen Walsh but spills it. Follow-up is blocked.

  • 5'

    Early stages but the home side have settled into the game well

  • 2'

    Ed McCarthy with a cross into the box but it's gathered by Sam Sargeant

  • Waterford give Galway Utd a guard of honour. Nice touch.

  • A miserable night in Galway for a game of football.

  • Galway Utd were in FAI Cup action at the weekend. They lost to Bohemians 1-0 in the semi-final. In Waterford's last league game they drew 0-0 with Wexford at the RSC

  • It's two wins to Galway Utd this season with their last meeting ending in a 2-2 draw. Francely Lomboto with a goal in stoppage time for John Caulfield's side

  • Galway Utd are unbeaten at home this season and would love to preserve that while Waterford have yet to beat Galway this season.

  • It's a top of the table clash but Galway Utd have already won the league.

  • Good evening and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Galway Utd versus Waterford

Past Meetings

(Round 27)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford FC 2-2 Galway United FC

(Round 13)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United FC 2-1 Waterford FC

(Round 3)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford FC 0-1 Galway United FC

(Play-Off Final)
0 - 3
LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs
Markets Field

Galway United 0-3 Waterford

(Round 28)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford 2-1 Galway United

(Round 23)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Waterford

(Round 10)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Galway United

(Round 3)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Waterford


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