Date Time League Season
3 September 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Wordsworth earns Waterford home draw

Anthony Wordsworth's returns from a four-game suspension was the second half difference as Waterford earned a draw against Dundalk in the RSC.

It looked as if Sean Murray’s early goal would be enough for the away team to take all three points but a much improved second half from the Blues saw them get their just rewards as Wordsworth equalised to punished an ill-disciplined Dundalk side.

The visitors got off to the perfect start as a free-kick quickly taken was sent into the path of Daniel Kelly, the wingers initial shot on goal was blocked down by Sean Murray was on hand to tap the loose ball home from close range. The rest of the half was a case of a series of half-chances that neither side failed to capitalise on.

Waterford's best opportunity came when an excellent ball was crossed to Jack Stafford at the back post but he could not get his effort on target. Patrick Hoban laid the ball off to Sam Stanton and he let one fly from 20-yards, but Brian Murphy in the Deise goal gathered on the second attempt.

On half time an opportunity for an equaliser fell the hosts way, when a dangerous free-kick was sent into the area and with Dundalk failing to clear their defensive line, the Blues had numerous attempts to test Alessio Abibi but failed to do so.

The game nearly went over boiling point early in the second half as Dan Cleary fouled Phoenix Patterson and he was booked but so was Niall O’Keefe and Patrick Hoban in the resulting melee however the game calmed down very quickly. Dundalk had a chance to double their tally with a cross from Will Patching into the area was met by Ben Amar whose header was brilliantly saved by Murphy.

Waterford got their just rewards for their increased pressure on the Lilywhites as a free-kick sent into the Dundalk area saw Wordsworth diving down low getting the slightest of touches to it as it trickled past Abibi into the net. Waterford continued to press but to no avail as both sides had to settle for a point but both will feel they had chances to win it.

The result still leaves Dundalk one point behind Waterford as pressure continues to mount on their league table position and performance as they go to Longford next week. 

  • 90'

    Anthony Wordsworth coming back after a four-game suspension was the second half difference as Waterford earned a draw against Dundalk in the RSC. It looked as if Sean Murray’s early goal would be enough for the away side to take all three points but a much improved second half from the Blues saw them get their just rewards as Wordsworth equalised to punished an ill-disciplined Dundalk side.

  • 90'

    Waterford hve continued to press but to no avail as Dundalk have all hands to the pump

  • 80'

    Han gets a yellow card

  • 79'

    That was a fantastic chance, a free kick is whipped in and Patterson nearly gets a touch but it just flies past the back post.

  • 76'

    And the home side get the leveller! A free-kick was sent in and Wordsworth dives down low to get a head to it and it trickles past Abibi.

  • 73'

    Andy Boyle handles the ball and gets a yellow card.

  • 73'

    Fantastic chance for Dundalk to add a second as a cross from Patching is sent into the area and Ben Amar's header is brilliantly saved by Murphy.

  • 71'

    Greg Sloggett is back in the Dundalk starting eleven tonight. His first league start came 7 years ago this Sunday in a 3-1 defeat for UCD against Limerick at the UCD Bowl.

  • 68'

    Waterford with some good build-up play but Milambo's cross flies over the bar.

  • 61'

    Junior comes on, the former Charlton Athletic player is highly regarded in Waterford.

  • 61'

    Kavanagh comes off with half an hour to play.

  • 59'

    Great shot from Sean Murray on the volley took a slight touch and it's a corner to Dundalk.

  • 53'

    A fantastic chance for the home side as Patterson gets the ball on the edge of the area following a punch by Abibi to clear the ball but his shot just goes wide.

  • 47'

    Hoban also enters the referee's book. What is they say about busses? One arrives and then three?

  • 47'

    O'Keeffe gets a yellow card for his reaction to that Cleary challenge.

  • 47'

    For a sliding challenge on Phoenix Patterson which was very poor, Dan Cleary gets a yellow card.

  • 46'

    Wordsworth comes on for Evans.

  • 46'

    Evans is a halftime substitution and comes off.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: Dundalk takes an early lead but have defended and attacked well as Waterford really haven't laid a glove on the Lilywhites. An interesting second half awaits us.

  • 45'

    A dangerous free-kick was sent into the area, it was sent back into the area three more times as Waterford looked to main the pressure but it eventually goes wide.

  • 45'

    There are four minutes of added on time

  • 42'

    The first corner of the contest is met by Brian Murphy who punches it clear. Excellent goalkeeping.

  • 39'

    Milambo with an excellent cross into the area but it's too close to Abibi.

  • 35'

    Jeremie Milambo comes on to replace the injured Stafford.

  • 35'

    An injury has forced Stafford off.

  • 31'

    Dundalk really should have added a second, both Hoban and Murray have chances in quick succession but neither convert it into a goal. Dundalk is getting a lot of joy down the right as Daniel Kelly is able to get behind the defence with his speed.

  • 29'

    Waterford break well and Cian Kavanagh gets a shot away but it was blocked down by Dan Cleary, Waterford is very dangerous in the build-up play.

  • 26'

    A quick throw-in from Dummigan sees the ball fall to Patching who with two touches hits a vicious shot that just goes over the bar.

  • 20'

    Hoban lays the ball off to Stanton and he lets one fly from twenty yards but Murphy gathers on the second attempt.

  • 16'

    An excellent ball was sent into Stafford at the back post but the Waterford man could not get his effort on target.

  • 14'

    Andy Boyle is on the end of a free-kick but he was ruled to be offside, His header while well taken is wide.

  • 12'

    Ben Amar went down under a heavy challenge and recieves treatment but he looks as if he will be ok.

  • 6'

    An excellent cross from Patching sees HBen Amar rise highest at the back post but it goes well over the bar.

  • 4'

    Dundalk take the lead! Daniel Kelly with some excellent run down the right and a mix up in defence sees Murray tap it home from close range.

  • 1'

    We are underway at the RSC, Waterford kick us off to a very noisy home crowd.

  • The teams are out on the pitch and it looks as if Waterford will play down towards the athletics end of the ground.

  • I have to say, this is absolutely brilliant. The noise coming from the RSC is absolutely excellent. It's great to have fans back at the grounds.

  • First time on the first-team bench tonight for Dundalk's Jack Kavanagh. His father Mick made 29 league appearances when Dundalk were league winners 30 years ago in 1990/91.

  • Waterford goalkeeper Brian Murphy has never lost against Dundalk - winning 5 games against the Lilywhites and drawing once. He has 4 clean sheets against tonight’s opponents including in the 1-0 victory here last October.

  • In the RSC tonight there is expected to be 2,000 fans in the ground, the largest attendance since the pandemic began. The new owner of the club was very vocal on social media this week pushing tickets.

  • It’s career appearance number 425 tonight for Dundalk skipper Andy Boyle. It’s also his 275th start in the League of Ireland and 320th league appearance of his career including his time in the UK. He scored the opener when Dundalk won 3-0 here back in April.

  • Dundalk has won just three away games in the league all season including here at the end of April. That 3-0 win is the only time the side has scored more than twice in a league game this year

  • Michael Duffy only fit enough for a place on the bench this evening. It was nine years ago today that he made his debut for Derry City in a 3-0 defeat away to St Patrick’s Athletic as a 65th-minute sub for Marc Brolly.

  • Team news from Dundalk: Reports within the ground suggest that Sam Stanton will start at left-back for Dundalk this evening as the away side are short on defensive numbers.

  • Good Evening from FinalWhistle HQ, Ciaran Callan here reporting in tonights 'six pointer' that really is between Waterford FC and Dundalk FC.


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans 8 Defender
6Kyle Ferguson Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
10Cian Kavanagh 11 Forward
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe 20 Midfielder 47'
19Jack Stafford 16 Midfielder
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
46Eddie Nolan Defender
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
5Josh Collins Defender
8Anthony Wordsworth 3 Midfielder 76'
11Armando Junior Quitirna 10 Midfielder
20Greg Halford 14 Defender
17Max Hutchison Defender
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi Midfielder
23Prince Mustwunguma Forward
16Jeremie Milambo 19 Defender


1Alessio Abibi Goalkeeper
4Andy Boyle Defender 73'
8Sam Stanton Midfielder
9Patrick Hoban Forward 47'
10Greg Sloggett Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder
16Sean Murray 24 Midfielder 4'
17Sami Ben Amar 77 Midfielder
21Daniel Cleary Defender 47'
23Cameron Dummigan Midfielder
27Daniel Kelly 31 Midfielder
7Michael Duffy Midfielder
12Cameron Yates Goalkeeper
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
24Mayowa Animasahun 16 Defender
28Ryan O’Kane Forward
31Mark Hanratty 27 Midfielder
77Han Jeong-woo 17 Forward 80'

Past Meetings

(Series 15)
1 - 3
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Waterford

(Series 8)
0 - 3
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Dundalk

(Series 17)
1 - 0
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Dundalk

(Series 8)
2 - 2
Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Waterford

(1st Round)
1 - 0
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Waterford


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
John McLoughlinAllen Lynch
Eoin Harte
Alan Patchell


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

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.