Date Time League Season
29 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Waterford advance to the playoff final

Waterford tied 3-3 with Treaty United in a chaotic encounter that saw three penalties awarded at the RSC to secure progression to a play-off final this evening.

The Blues held a three-goal advantage coming into this second leg of a play-off semi-final but found themselves just a single goal ahead on aggregate at half-time.

A Marc Ludden penalty just about beat Paul Martin to give Treaty the lead early on but Waterford struck back through Tunmise Sobowale on 22 minutes.

Another Ludden penalty put United back ahead soon after and the fullback assisted Lee Devitt moments later to see the visitors take a two-goal lead into the interval.

Waterford emerged reenergised after the restart and struck within minutes through a Wassim Aouachria penalty.

Talisman Phoenix Patterson curled a magical effort in at the far post on 55 minutes to see the Blues back level and ahead 7-4 on aggregate.

With several changes to the team, Treaty struck first in what would be a chaotic and open first half when Ludden snuck his penalty past Martin after he was brought down by Sobowale in the area on 9 minutes.

Waterford hit back in the 22nd minute after a well-worked break saw Aouachria play in Sobowale to strike the top-right corner, the fullback redeeming his earlier mishap.

Moments later Sobowale prevented Treaty from taking back the lead when he headed off the line.

Parity would last for less than three minutes for the Blues, however. Richard Taylor brought down the troublesome Success Edogun to give away a second penalty for Ludden to convert on 25 minutes.

The impressive Ludden then played a part in a third goal, crossing from the left for Lee Devitt to slide on to and take Treaty two goals ahead, just one behind on aggregate.

The hosts came close to getting a second just before the break when Phoenix Patterson bent one of his trademark free-kicks over the Treaty wall at goal only for Jack Brady to make an excellent save.

Waterford got off to an ideal start after the interval, winning a penalty on 47 minutes after Sean Guerins was deemed to have fouled Shane Griffin.

Aouachria stepped up to claim his 11th goal of the season with a cool finish past Brady.

Patterson's 55th-minute strike secured the ex-Spurs winger a 24th goal across all competitions and ensured his side would stay in contention for promotion to the top flight.

  • 93'

    Full-Time, Waterford 3-3 Treaty - Waterford progress to the play-off final on aggregate 7-4

  • 90'

    Into added time at the RSC

  • 86'

    Two Waterford substitutes

  • 81'

    Martin saves from Ludden

  • 59'

    Darragh Power nearly gets inside on goal but takes a heavy touch, allowing Brady to collect

  • 57'

    Triple substitution for Treaty now!

  • 49'

    Aouachria makes no mistake to make it 2-3!

  • 48'

    Jack Brady booked

  • 46'

    Waterford penalty as Shane Griffin deemed to have been brought down by Guerins

  • 45'

    Back underway at the RSC!

  • 46'

    A chaotic first-half ends Waterford 1-3 Treaty United

  • 45'

    There will be one minute added time

  • 43'

    Jack Brady does excellently to save Patterson's effort

  • 43'

    Blues free in Patterson goal-scoring range

  • 37'

    Taylor heads straight into the dressing rooms

  • 37'

    Alex Baptiste replaces Richard Taylor in defence for the hosts

  • 33'

    Tumise Sobowale booked

  • 31'

    Patterson wins a free on his flank in Treaty territory

  • 27'

    Treaty break, Ludden crosses from the left and Lee Devitt slides in to score a third goal for the visitors!!!

  • 25'

    Ludden hits his second through the middle!

  • 25'

    Another penalty as Edogun taken down by Richard Taylor!

  • 24'

    Sobowale with a pivotal act at the other end, heads off the line to prevent Treaty taking the lead again!

  • 22'

    The Blues break and Uche plays across to Aouachria to Sobowale, who hits the top-right corner!

  • 21'

    Shane Griffin fouls to stop Treaty breaking

  • 19'

    Edogun heads at goal rather timidly and Martin collects

  • 19'

    Cantwell does well to slide in and prevent Edogun from getting on a forward ball

  • Now 4-2 on aggregate, Waterford trying to work their way back into proceedings

  • 9'

    Ludden strikes left and Martin's dive sees the ball come off the post and back into goal! 0-1

  • 8'

    Penalty for Treaty! Sobowale challenges Ludden from behind

  • 5'

    Edogun has been dangerous on the break for Treaty, fouls his marker on this occasion

  • 5'

    Patterson wins a corner cutting in from his left wing

  • 4'

    Patterson plays it just behind Sobowale after a quick break from the hosts

  • 2'

    Paul Martin makes a good save from Success Edogun's attempt!

  • 1'

    Corner flies across goal and goes out wide at the other side

  • 1'

    Treaty corner

  • 1'

    The Blues get the game underway!

  • Enda Curran, Treaty's goal scorer from last week, surprisingly starts on the bench

  • The tie currently stands at Waterford 4-1 Treaty after the first leg in Limerick

  • Minutes away from kick-off at the RSC for this play-off semi-final second leg featuring Waterford v Treaty United


22Paul Martin 1 Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
3Richard Taylor 5 Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
7Shane Griffin Midfielder 20'
9Wassim Aouachria 6 Forward 48'
10Raúl Uche 34 Forward
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12Tunmise Sobowale 14 Defender 22'
24Killian Cantwell Defender
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder 55'
1Brian Murphy 22 Goalkeeper
5Alex Baptiste 3 Defender
6Eddie Nolan 9 Defender
14Timi Sobowale 12 Defender
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
19Remi Thompson Midfielder
33Owen Oseni Forward
34Dean Larkin 10 Midfielder
47Harvey Warren Defender

Treaty Utd

1Jack Brady Goalkeeper 48'
3Marc Ludden Defender 9', 25'
5Sean Guerins Forward
6Callum McNamara Midfielder 66'
8Joe Collins 11 Midfielder
12Lee Devitt Midfielder 27'
15Success Edogun 19 Forward
20Martin Coughlan Midfielder
22Matt Keane 16 Defender
25Mark Walsh Midfielder
44Jack Lynch Defender
11Stephen Christopher 8 Midfielder
13Conor Winn
16William Armshaw 22 Midfielder
17Joel Coustrain Midfielder
18Darren Collins Forward
19Enda Curran 15 Forward
19Josh Quinlivan Midfielder
31Fionn Doherty
38Scott Kirkland

Past Meetings

(Play Off 1st Leg)
1 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United V Waterford

(Round 34)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Treaty United

(Round 27)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Markets Field

Treaty United v 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


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

Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University