Date Time League Season
26 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's Promotion / Relegation Playoffs 2022

Match Report

Waterford return home from Shannonside with major advantage going into 2nd leg

A Phoenix Patterson inspired Waterford took a huge step towards the next play-off round with a 4-1 win over Treaty United on Shannonside.

Treaty United would finish with 10-men following the dismissal of Colin Conroy, while Junior Quitirna gave Danny Searle’s side a buffer for the second leg. An own-goal from Sean Guerins compounded a forgettable night for Treaty.

The in-form Patterson helped himself to a first-half brace. His end-of-season form helped Waterford into second and the home side couldn’t get a handle on his movement here.

Like last season, Tommy Barrett’s side were unable to make an impact in the first leg, having lost 3-0 at home to UCD 12 months ago.

Played before the largest crowd of the season in Limerick, United were behind early and have struggled to recover from losing positions this season. They claimed just three points, all draws, from losing positions this season.

Patterson, who already netted 17 First Division goals this season, had another after just five minutes. He raced onto a wonderful pass from Yassine En-Neyah, and took a heavy touch before drilling low to the net, from a tight angle.

His second also saw him played in by Yassine En-Neyah. This time, more central than the opener, he powered beyond Jack Brady who was advancing and got a touch. All this inside the opening 30 minutes.

Waterford, who brought a considerable away following, were in dreamland when awarded a first-half penalty. Junior Quitirna was fouled by Willie Armshaw but saw his penalty wayward, rebounding off the post.

Enda Curran halved the deficit when he smashed home a penalty just after the hour mark. Lee Devitt was fouled by Tunmise Sobowale much to the dismay of the visitors.

With Treaty in the ascendancy, they went close to an equaliser through Armshaw, who was denied by Paul Martin. Just seconds later, Colin Conroy received a second yellow card after a forceful challenge in the midfield.

This was compounded by a Marc Ludden mistake which allowed Junior Quitirna in to score, pouncing on a poor touch to fire into the bottom corner.

There was time for one more, in stoppage time, as Timi Sobowale saw his cross turned into his own net by Sean Guerins.

The second leg takes place at the RSC on Saturday evening, with the Blues the firmest of favourites to set up a clash with Longford Town or Galway United.

Treaty Utd

1Jack Brady Goalkeeper
24Ben O’Riordan 21 Defender
5Sean Guerins Forward
25Mark Walsh Midfielder 59'
3Marc Ludden Defender
6Callum McNamara Midfielder
44Jack Lynch Defender 72'
12Lee Devitt Midfielder
11Stephen Christopher 22 Midfielder 64'
16William Armshaw 15 Midfielder
19Enda Curran 31 Forward 62'
13Conor Winn Goalkeeper
18Darren Collins Forward
8Joe Collins Midfielder
20Martin Coughlan Midfielder
21Colin Conroy 24 Midfielder 52'
22Matt Keane 11 Defender
31Fionn Doherty 19 Midfielder
38Scott Kirkland Midfielder
15Success Edogun 16 Forward


22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
24Killian Cantwell Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
5Alex Baptiste 3 Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
8Yassine En-Neyah Midfielder 33'
9Wassim Aouachria 10 Forward
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder 70'
12Tunmise Sobowale 14 Defender 10'
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder 5', 29'
1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
3Richard Taylor 5 Defender
6Eddie Nolan Defender
10Raúl Uche 9 Forward
14Timi Sobowale 12 Defender
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
19Remi Thompson Midfielder
34Dean Larkin Midfielder
  • 94'

    Own-goal, Waterford look to be through ahead of the second leg.

  • 90'

    Raul Uche almost with a tap-in but his slide is just short of reaching the ball.

  • 85'

    Patterson close to a hat trick , just wide

  • 80'

    Treaty struggling to keep the ball for any prolonged period.

  • 76'

    Waterford have swapped the Sobowale brothers with Timi replaceing the booked Tunmise.

  • 75'

    A double change for each side with Waterford looking to seal the win and have a cushion for Saturday evening.

  • 68'

    Colin Conroy sent off for a firm challenge in the middle of the pitch. Treaty had all the momentum but you'd feel this is now lost. The substitute only lasts about 17 minutes.

  • 62'

    Enda Curran fires home a penalty after a foul by Sobowale on Lee Devitt.

  • 51'

    Yellow for Conroy just seconds after coming in for the injured Ben O'Riordan.

  • 59'

    Yellow for Walsh for a firm challenge on Patterson

  • 46'

    Back underway as Waterford bring Richard Taylor in for Alex Baptiste.

  • 40'

    Junior steps up himself and sends Brady the wrong way, but his penalty comes off the post and out! Could have been tie over.

  • 40'

    Penalty for Waterford as Junior Armando is tripped by Armshaw.

  • 38'

    Patterson has a try for his hat-trick but a deflection takes the ball inches over the crossbar for a corner. So close. 1

  • 33'

    Yellow card for Yassine En-Neyah. He refuses to back away from a free-kick and is cautioned for blocking it.

  • 29'

    That combo again. Midfielder Yassine En-Neyah feeds Patterson, who despite seeing Jack Brady get something to his drilled shot, still finds the net. Too much power. Treaty in real trouble, Waterford dreaming of the Premier Division, even at this early juncture.

  • 26'

    Callum McNamara heads wide from the corner.

  • 25'

    Ben O'Riordan wins a corner after good play from captain, Jack Lynch

  • 17'

    Waterford happy to hold onto the possession with Niall O'Keefe dictating when possible.

  • 12'

    Marc Ludden's long throw-ins cause some issues, Treaty looking to bounce back immediately to that early set back.

  • 10'

    Tunmise Sobowale halts the progress of Mark Walsh and is booked. He pulled his shirt to stop a promising attack.

  • 5'

    That man again! Patterson is slipped in down the left channel and curls a low effort beautifully into the far bottom corner. Great start for Waterford.

  • 1'

    Willie Armshaw wins a free-kick which flashes across the goals, Sean Guerins connects but it goes wide.

  • 1'

    The game has been kicked off by Treaty United who are playing into the away end.

  • Flares are out! and not the pants. Great atmosphere here.

  • Two of the top scorers in the First Division on show here. Enda Curran v Phoenix Patterson, with Patterson netting 17, Curran getting 13 league strikes.

  • The crowd is building nicely here at Markets Field. Treaty United ready to face Waterford. Kick-off delayed until 8pm due to a crash on the M7 motorway.

Past Meetings

(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.