Date Time League Season
11 August 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Galway snatch a point at the death

Galway Utd substitute Francely Lomboto earned his side a draw against Waterford at the RSC.

As the clock ticked down it looked like Ronan Coughlan’s first half brace would see Waterford pick up their first win of the season over league leaders Galway Utd. Lomboto had other ideas.

Coughlan opened the scoring with about 20 seconds gone on the clock. Galway drew level through Killian Brouder in the 16th minute before Coughlan put Waterford back in front in the 22nd minute.

That second goal was Coughlan’s 31st of the season and saw him break the Blues’ record which was held since 1955. It also set a new First Division record which was held by Danny Furlong since 2015.

About 20 seconds had gone on the clock when the home side broke the deadlock. Coughlan won possession, he played the ball to Roland Idowu who in turn found Christie Pattisson out wide, his ball was finished to the net by Coughlan.

In the 11th minute Coughlan had a header cleared off the line as the home side started the game so well.

Galway began to come into the game and in the 16th minute they were back on level terms. A cross into the box from David Hurley wasn’t cleared and Brouder made no mistake firing to the net.

Both sides had chances to get a second goal but it was that man Coughlan who was on target again in the 22nd minute. Barry Baggley’s cross was headed home by the talisman to give the Blues the lead.

Waterford had to defend well while right before half-time Keith Long’s side were awarded a free which Baggley hit just wide.

Former Waterford player Wassim Aouachria came on as a sub for the second half and  had the first chance of the half but his header was just wide in the 59th minute. Coughlan then had an effort in the 62nd minute; he turned and took a shot but Brendan Clarke was down to save. 

In the 65th minute Idowu went down in the box but referee Alan Patchell waved play on. Baggley put in a superb tackle to deny Aouachria minutes later. He unfortunately got injured and had to go off.

Brendan Clarke pulled off an excellent save in the 85th minute to deny Coughlan his and his side’s third goal.

Galway had created very little in the second half but in stoppage time a free from Clarke fell nicely for Lomoto and he fired to the net.


31Sam Sargeant Goalkeeper
3Ryan Burke Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
5Sam Perry Midfielder
6Eddie Nolan Defender
8Barry Baggley 11 Midfielder
10Connor Parsons 24 Forward
19Ronan Coughlan 18 Forward 1', 22'
20Roland Idowu Midfielder 20'
21Christie Pattisson 23 Forward
22Giles Phillips Defender 70'
1Paul Martin Goalkeeper
11Serge Atakayi 8 Forward
16Drew Baker Defender
18Cameron Cresswell 19 Forward
23Romeo Akachukwu 21 Midfielder 90'
27Dean McMenamy Midfielder
32Adam Queally Defender
33Ronan Mansfield Forward
24Killian Cantwell 10 Defender

Galway Utd

1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
3Regan Donelon 29 Defender
4Rob Slevin Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender 16'
7Stephen Walsh Forward
10David Hurley Midfielder
12Aodh Dervin 31 Midfielder
14Ronan Manning 19 Midfielder 34'
21Colm Horgan 20 Defender
22Conor McCormack 9 Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy Midfielder
26Sean Barron Goalkeeper
23Darren Clarke Midfielder
6Maurice Nugent Defender
9Rob Manley 22 Forward
18David Tarmey Forward
19Francely Lomboto 14 Forward 90'
20Evan O’Connor 21 Defender 87'
29Oisin O’Reilly 3 Defender
31Wassim Aouachria 12 Forward 90'
  • 90'

    A long kick-out from Clarke, falls nicely to Lomboto and he draws Galway level

  • Conor Parsons is off

  • Killian Cantwell is on

  • Ronan Coughlan goes off to a standing ovation

  • Cameron Cresswell is on

  • 88'

    Francely Lomboto is booked

  • 87'

    Evan O'Connor is booked

  • 86'

    Conor McCormack is off

  • 86'

    Rob Manley is on

  • 86'

    Clarke punches the ball off the line.

  • 85'

    Clarke pulls off an excellent save to deny Coughlan his third goal

  • 84'

    Supporters beginning to get infuriated with the officiating

  • 80'

    Oisin O'Reilly is on

  • 79'

    Ollie Horgan gets a yellow and rain is wet

  • 77'

    Nothing came of that free

  • 77'

    The injured Barry Baggley is off

  • 77'

    Serge Atakayi is on

  • 77'

    Wassim goes over to see Baggley. Lovely from the former Blues player

  • 76'

    He's standing up but he's holding his wrist.

  • 75'

    Bad news for Waterford fans as it looks like Barry Baggley has picked up an injury

  • 74'

    Barry Baggley with a superb tackle on Wassim but Alan Patchell calls the ball back. He had allowed play go on and no indication of advantage

  • 70'

    Giles Phillips is booked

  • 69'

    Christie Pattisson is off

  • 69'

    Romeo Akachukwu is on

  • 68'

    Idowu tries to catch Brendan Clarke out but his hits the side netting

  • 65'

    Roland Idowu goes down in the box but referee Alan Patchell waves play on

  • 62'

    Coughlan turns and shoots but Clarke is down to save.

  • 59'

    Wassim's header is just wide.

  • 58'

    He's okay. He might have been looking for his contacts..

  • 57'

    Waterford keeper Sam Sargent is down at the moment

  • 55'

    Waterford enjoying possession

  • 53'

    Wassim Aouachria gets into a good position but Giles Phillips is back there

  • 50'

    Parsons is back on his feet again

  • 49'

    Connor Parsons is down. Galway continue play and it has not gone down well.

  • 46'

    Ronan Manning is off

  • 46'

    Francely Lomboto is on

  • 46'

    Wassim Aouachria is on

  • 46'

    Aodh Dervin is off

  • 45'

    Barry Baggley's free is just wide

  • 45'

    Waterford have a free in a decent position

  • 45'

    Giles Phillips heads away a Galway corner

  • 42'

    Colm Horgan goes off

  • 42'

    Evan O'Connor is on for Galway

  • 40'

    Good defending from Waterford.

  • 34'

    Ronan Manning is booked

  • 30'

    Keith Long has been shown a yellow card by referee Alan Patchell

  • 22'

    Barry Baggley's cross is headed home by Ronan Coughlan. That's his 31st goal of the season for Waterford. A new record.

  • 20'

    Roland Idowu is booked

  • 16'

    And with that Galway have equalised. Killian Brouder with the goal. David Hurley's ball into the box wasn't cleared and it fell nicely to Brouder.

  • 16'

    Galway trying to get back into this game

  • 11'

    Ronan Coughlan's header is cleared off the line. It was from a Connor Parsons corner

  • 11'

    Out for another corner. This time on the other side

  • 10'

    The Blues have their first corner of the game. Good work from Pattisson

  • 5'

    Giles Phillips heads it away for another corner

  • 5'

    First corner of the game, it's for the visitors

  • 1'

    Ronan Coughlan opens the scoring with about 20 seconds gone on the clock. He won the ball in midfield, played it to Roland Idowu who found Christie Pattisson out wide. His cross was finished to the net by Coughlan

  • Galway have just been defeated once this season, that was by Longford Town back in May

  • On Monday evening Galway defeated Treaty Utd 3-0 at home while Waterford beat Wexford 1-0 in Ferrycarrig Park

  • 16 points separate the sides. Waterford have a game in hand but it won't matter if they don't pick up a win this evening.

  • Waterford will hope it's third time lucky this season. They've lost their previous two meetings against Galway.

  • It's 2nd v 1st at the RSC this evening. Deniese O'Flaherty here to keep you updated

Past Meetings

(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


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

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