Date Time League Season
21 May 2021 5:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Early goal gives Derry win

Waterford’s miserable relegation threatened campaign continued as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Derry City.

Ronan Boyce’s early goal was the difference between the two sides in what was a tense affair at RSC Waterford Stadium.

The precious three points for Derry moved them up to seventh and seven points clear of Waterford who remain bottom.

Derry manager Ruaidhri Higgins impressive tenure continues as his side picked up their third straight away victory, and notably secured their first win away to Waterford since 2007.

The visitors took the lead after just two minutes as Will Patching continued his impressive form by picking up his sixth assist of the season, picking out Boyce from a free kick who headed home.

Derry continued to dominate proceedings early on as they went close through chances for Eoin Toal, Patching and James Akintunde.

Just before half time, Waterford had their first chance of the match through Shane Griffin who produced a decent effort from a free kick that forced a brilliant save from Derry goalkeeper Nathan Gartside.

On the other side of the break, Derry had a penalty appeal waved away by referee John McLoughlin after Patching went down in the area.

The creative midfielder appeared to have gone down easy and a second yellow for simulation looked on the cards, but McLoughlin opted for a no call.

Adam O’Reilly then went close for the hosts, but his free header sailed over the bar, which proved to be a costly miss.

Waterford upped the tempo and desperately tried to find an equaliser as they dominated possession but were unable to create anything to seriously threaten the Derry goal.

Both clubs are in action again on Monday, Derry host St Patrick’s Athletic at 5:45pm, whilst struggling Waterford host Finn Harps at 7:45pm. 

  • 90'

    Full time: Waterford 0-1 Derry City

  • 90'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of three additional minutes.

  • 88'

    Patching sends a corner into the box but Toal's header narrowly misses the target. That was the first chance for Derry in the second half.

  • 84'

    Ciaron Harkin is booked.

  • 84'

    Gartside deals with the danger.

  • 83'

    Corner for Waterford.

  • 83'

    Corner for Waterford.

  • 78'

    Adam O'Reilly is booked

  • 75'

    Waterford sub: Molloy is replaced by Kavanagh

  • 74'

    Derry sub: Thomson is replaced by Malone

  • 72'

    Waterford have upped the tempo in the last five minutes and continue to pepper the Derry goal, desperately looking for an equaliser.

  • 70'

    The resulting free kick is whipped in by Jamie Mascoll but a lack of composure by John Martin means Derry hold on to their narrow lead.

  • 68'

    Will Patching is booked.

  • 60'

    Derry sub: Patrick Ferry is replaced by Caolan McLaughlin

  • 57'

    Chance for Adam O'Reilly but his free header sails over the bar, that could be costly.

  • 50'

    Waterford go close with a shot on goal but Gartside holds on well.

  • 47'

    Derry have a penalty waved away by the referee as Patching throws himself to the ground but no decision is made.

  • 46'

    Back underway in the second half.

  • 45'

    Half time: Waterford 0-1 Derry City

  • 45'

    Waterford send a ball deep into the Derry box that is punched away by Gartside.

  • 45'

    The fourth official has indicated there will be a minimum of one additional minute at the end of the first half.

  • 42'

    Shane Griffin produces a decent effort from the free kick and forces a brilliant save from Nathan Gartside, who makes his first save of the match.

  • 41'

    Darragh Power is fouled outside the area with Toal booked.

  • 38'

    Patient play from Derry dominating possession, willing to bide their time on the ball.

  • 31'

    Patching has a decent effort from 40 yards out but Murphy deals with the danger competently.

  • 28'

    The corner comes to nothing but Derry continue to dominate.

  • 28'

    Will Ferry produces a tremendous strike after being teed up from the free kick that is parried away by Murphy and out for a corner.

  • 27'

    Free kick to Derry, with McJannett and Toal over the ball.

  • 23'

    Derry threaten once more again through Patching but his cross is overhit and Waterford will need to try and get a foothold in this contest.

  • 18'

    Darragh Power was dispossessed by Patching but the midfielders shot on goal was parried away by Brian Murphy and James Akintunde couldn't capitalise on the rebound.

  • 16'

    Waterford have responded well to their early deficit and have had two corners as a reward for their pressure on the Derry goal but are yet to create a clear cut chance.

  • 8'

    The corner finds Eoin Toal but his effort doesn't trouble the Waterford goal.

  • 7'

    The early Derry pressure continues as the first corner of the game is punched away at the near post and out for another corner.

  • 2'

    GOAL! Derry lead after just two minutes as Will Patching\'s picks up his sixth assist of the season with a delicious free kick into the box which picked out Ronan Boyce who headed home.

  • 1'

    We're underway.

  • The weather is currently 12 degrees Celsius in Waterford with a 41% chance of rain and winds of 11 mph.

  • In the reverse fixture, Waterford were victorious away at The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium 2-1, courtesy of goals from Shane Griffin and Oscar Brennan.

  • Derry currently lies in eight position with survival their goal also and will be hoping to avoid the gap between the two sides becoming just one point at the final whistle.

  • Ruaidhrí Higgins’ Derry side come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw away to Shamrock Rovers. Will Patching’s goal from the penalty spot put City ahead but Rory Gaffney equalised proceedings, in what was a feisty affair with Sean Hoare of Rovers and Daniel Lafferty sent off.

  • Waterford come into the game off the back of a 7-0 defeat to Drogheda United two weeks ago, in which they were forced to field a U-19 team due to their Covid-19 positive tests. Last week, Waterford were not in action as they forfeited their game against Sligo Rovers because of their positive Covid-19 case in the camp, the week before.

  • The hosts have endured a miserable campaign thus far, picking up just six points from a maximum 30, having won just twice this season. New manager Marc Bircham is their fifth manager in the space of 12 months and is faced with the difficult task of keeping Waterford in the league but knows a win tonight, would go a long way in helping the survival bid.

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of today's League of Ireland Premier Division clash between Waterford and Derry City at RSC Waterford stadium.


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender 70'
5Josh Collins Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder
8Adam O’Reilly Midfielder 78'
12John Martin Forward
11James Waite Midfielder
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
15Jamie Mascoll Defender
20Eric Molloy 10 Forward
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
10Cian Kavanagh 20 Forward
16Katlego Mashigo Midfielder
25Sam Morrissey Midfielder
26Callum Stringer Midfielder
27Ivan Homoki Midfielder
31Liam Kervick Midfielder
34Cian Browne Midfielder

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
3Ciaran Coll Defender
4Ciaron Harkin Midfielder 84'
6Eoin Toal Defender 42'
7Will Fitzgerald Midfielder
8Joe Thomson 29 Midfielder
10Will Patching Midfielder 68'
11James Akintunde Forward
15Ronan Boyce Defender 2'
21Cameron McJannet Defender
31Patrick Ferry 32 Forward
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
20Darren Cole Defender
23Danny Lupano Defender
24Mark McChrystal Defender
29Jack Malone 8 Midfielder
32Caolan McLaughlin 31 Forward
33Michael Harris Midfielder
35Micheal Glynn Defender
36Brendan Barr Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 3)
1 - 2
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 14)
2 - 0
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Waterford

(Series 5)
2 - 1
Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Derry City


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

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