|30 April 2021||7:45 pm||LOI Men's Premier Division||2021|
Five star Dundalk dominate Deise
Dundalk put in a five star display, as a dominant performance from the away side swept aside a Waterford outfit that has shown the true potential of the Louth men.
Andy Boyle and Chris Shields opened their respective league accounts with a goal apiece in the first half, before Michael Duffy added a third; with a fantastic curling effort not 20 seconds into the closing period.
Waterford, who could only name three players on their subs bench were down to the bare bones as Kevin Sheedy’s side were held to just chances that on another night would have been converted.
The best of those efforts fell to John Martin only for the post to deny the striker.
Dundalk exerted their dominance and pace of play from early on and it seemed at one stage the Lilywhites would be queuing up for chances all night. David McMillan and Michael Duffy both had opportunities early on but they failed to convert with Paul Martin keeping the goal intact in the opening exchanges.
The visitors made the breakthrough when Andy Boyle scored his tenth league goal, as he rose highest from a Duffy free-kick to head it past Martin.
Waterford had an excellent chance to equalise, as Adam O’Reilly slid in to try and convert a John Martin cross but the ball evaded him at the opportune time.
Duffy had a fantastic opportunity to add a second latching onto a Cameron Dummigan cross on the volley but it was well saved by Martin.
Dundalk was awarded a penalty as Prince Mutswuguma took down Junior in the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Chris Shields despatched the penalty, and in doing so scored his first league goal since his winner against Cork in 2018.
The Lilywhites got off to the perfect start to the second half as Duffy scored inside the first 20 seconds as he broke down the right and curled an excellent effort into the top right corner.
Waterford’s best chance came shortly after Dundalk’s third goal as An excellent chance fell to John Martin as he teed an excellent shot only for the post to deny him. Both sides continued to press for chances as the Blues went close again courtesy of John Martin who struck the post once again and Junior struck the side netting.
The games don’t get easy for Waterford as they face Shamrock Rovers next and for Dundalk, it's another away day as they head to the midlands to face newly promoted Longford.
|24'||4. Andy Boyle|
|39'||20. Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe|
|8. Katlego Mashigo||40'|
|42'||5. Chris Shields|
|46'||7. Michael Duffy|
|65'||Ole Erik Midtskogen|
|5. Cameron Evans||69'|
|11. James Waite||87'|
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre
Waterford v Dundalk
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Dundalk v Waterford
1 - 0
Dundalk v Waterford
|Regional Sports Centre|
|Waterford Regional Sports Centre, Inner Ring Road, Kilbarry, Waterford, County Waterford, Munster, X91 KT29, Ireland|
Full Time: Dundalk put in a five-star display as a dominant performance from the away side swept aside a Waterford side that has shown the true potential of this side. Andy Boyle and Chris Shields opened their respective league accounts with a goal apiece in the first half before Michael Duffy added a third with a fantastic curling effort not twenty seconds into the second half.
Waite gets a yellow for a foul on Junior.
Junior breaks down the right and his effort hit the side netting.
Zahibo comes off.
Sloggett comes on
From the free kick it looked as if Martin was odds on to score only for once again the post to deny him.
Murray comes on.
Ole comes off for Dundalk.
Zahibo commits a foul and is put in the book.
The Latvian international fouled Prince and is booked.
O'Reilly hits one with venom on the edge of the area but his effort flies over the bar.
An excellent chance for Waterford as Martin tees an excellent shot in the area only for the post to deny him when your luck is out...
Duffy is in again and from a tight angle, Martin does well to save despite staying on his line.
We are not thirty seconds in and Duffy scores for Dundalk to add a third. He cuts inside and Duffy curled one into the top right hand corner
And we are back under way at the RSC
Half Time: Dundalk dominant in posession and chances as they lead by two goals here at the RSC. The home side have had sights on goal but failed to convert some would say were guilt edge chances.
Shields despatches the penalty but Martin did guess the right way.
Penalty Dundalk! Junior is taken down and the referee points to the spot.
Mashigo also enters the referees book for kicking the ball away.
For a foul on O'Keeffe, Junior goes into the referee's book.
Fantastic chance for Dundalk as Dummigan sends a fantastic cross into the area and Duffy's hits it on the volley but Martin does well to save at his near post.
A big chance for Waterford as Martin\'s cross into the area was nearly met by O\'Reilly but it flashes wide.
McMillan comes off, you would like to think he came off as a precaution as Dundalk's striking options are low at the moment with the fact that Hoban too is out injured.
Junior comes on for the injured McMillan.
It looks as if McMillan's night is over he goes off and looks to be injured.
And Dundalk opens the scoring here in the RSC. Michael Duffy swings in the free-kick and Boyle powers a header past Martin to score his first goal of the season.
Dundalk is continuing to push here but no breakthrough as of yet. Waterford has held firm despite a few calls (five at the last count) in the area.
Waterford had their first shot of anger as Waite cuts inside into the area but his shot goes over.
Duffy is the next player to try his look on goal but Martin is alert to the danger, McMillan is on the second ball but his shot goes wide.
McMillan went close with a header as Dundalk are queueing up from a corner.
Big call for a penalty here as Midtskogen's low cross was blocked by Mashigo but it looked to have struck his arm.
McMillan out muscles his marker and hits a low shot across the face of the goal and it goes wide, McEleney was at the back post with the goal at his mercy.
We are underway at the RSC. Dundalk kick us off with Patrick McEleney
Dundalk is out on the pitch, we are just waiting for Waterford to appear.
Dundalk’s last win over Waterford came in September 2019 when Daniel Kelly scored the only goal here at the RSC. That was the club’s 100th win over Waterford in all competitions. Peter Cherrie’s last game for Dundalk here was a more famous win - the 2-0 play-off victory in 2012 which some would say, was the most crucial win in Dundalk's history.
Big news on the Dundalk bench. 18-year-old Enda Douglas is named on the Dundalk bench and has been given the number 2 jersey previously held by Sean Gannon. Fellow teen Mark Hanratty also on the bench for the first time this season as Darragh Leahy, Sam Stanton, Han Jeong-Woo, Sonni Nattestad, Patrick Hoban and Daniel Kelly all miss out.
Waterford is down to the bare bones with the home side naming just three substitutes ahead of tonight's match. Brian Murphy's absence is still noticeable from the team selections.
Team news from Dundalk: Ole Erik Midtskogen returns to the Dundalk starting line up tonight in place of Han Jeong-woo who has a knock and is not named on the bench this evening.
The conditions are absolutely perfect for football, the sun is out and the pitch looks fantastic.
Good Evening from the sunny south-east that is Waterford for tonight's SSE Airtricity League match between Waterford FC and Dundalk FC. I'm Ciaran Callan taking you through tonight's action as both sides look to add more points to the tally in what has been a difficult opening period for both clubs.