Date Time League Season
26 November 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Match Preview: Waterford v UCD

Waterford parted ways with their manager midweek causing widespread speculation over the reasoning as they prepared for what is to be the biggest game of the season as they travel to Richmond Park, to take on First Division Playoff victors UCD this evening.

Ian Hendon joins the Deise club to support Dave Bell and the coaching staff following the departure of Marc Bircham.

The students make the eight-kilometer journey with two of the division's nominees for PFAI player of the year in Colm Whelan who has scored 22 goals so far season and Liam Kerrigan who has netted 12. Waterford's top scorer John Martin only bagged 10 league goals for the season.

With the south eastern side winning their last four meetings, they last met in September in the FAI Cup when the Waterford snatched a 3-2 win in time added on. Goals from Junior Quitirna, Phoenix Patterson and Prince Mutswunguma saw the Blues progress to the next round of the Cup, despite the Students taking the lead twice.

Speaking ahead of the game waterford keeper goalkeeper Brian Murphy said:

“It’s a massive game. We said four months ago if we got a play off from the position we were in, I think we’d be doing well. Our form has been that good that we got a lot of hope that we would get out of it but we just ran out of games in the end.

“We’ve played them [UCD] already so we’re not going in blind, we know what they’re about but they’ve got very good attacking players so we need to be at our best.

“It’s not normal circumstances this week for the players because of the behind the scenes stuff, but at the end of the day we’re paid to play football and we’ll regroup the lads. We’ve had good training sessions and we’ll know how we’re going to approach Friday and give it a good shot.”

In team news Waterford will be without Prince Mutswunguma through injury. Darragh Power, John Martin, Jack Stafford and Greg Halford return from suspension.

  • Full Time UCD are promoted to the Premier Division

  • 90'

    UCDs first sub Doyle is replaced by by Dignam

  • 90'

    UCD looking to kill off the game, holding the ball in the corner

  • 90'

    5 minutes added

  • 87'

    second yellow for half time sub O'Keefe for a foul on Kerrigan

  • 86'

    Ronaldo Green replaces patterson

  • 79'

    Halford gets a yellow for an off the ball incident with Colm Whelan

  • 70'

    evans sees yellow for a foul on doyle

  • 63'

    O'Keefe sees yellow

  • 63'

    griffin replaces ferguson

  • 63'

    Sam Todd strikes the woodwork from a corner

  • 56'

    end to end as UCD win a free on the edge of the box which Keaney puts over

  • 53'

    stafford sees yellow

  • 50'

    Whelan is in but Murphy gets out and denies the league top scorer

  • 46'

    O'Keefe replaces Power at half time

  • 45'

    half time

  • 45'

    2 minutes added

  • 42'

    Whelan strikes the free at the wall

  • 42'

    Wordsworth takes Whelan down on the edge of the box and sees yellow

  • 35'

    Colm Whelan puts UCD in front, a calamity at the back allows the Division 1 top scorer a tap in

  • 25'

    UCD have equalised, Kerrigan drives the ball dangerously across the box to find Keane at the back post

  • 22'

    UCD have grown into the game and are begining to ask some questions of the waterford defence

  • 18'

    Whelan crosses into the box for Kerrigan but the former sligo rovers academy graduate is cannot reach the ball

  • 15'

    Whelan finds Kerrigan out wide but there is no one in the box for the Tubbercurry mans cross

  • 13'

    Waterford call for a penalty but referee McLoughlin waves play on

  • 9'

    Waterford really going for this, pushing and putting pressure on at every opportunity

  • 5'

    Wordsworth breaks the deadlock early,

  • Waterford get us underway

  • UCD are unchanged from the last time out with Jack Keaney Captaining the students while top goalscorer Whelan leads the line

  • Four changes for managerless Waterford as Power, Halford, Stafford and Martin all return to the starting 11


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 14 Defender
3Cameron Evans Defender 71'
6Kyle Ferguson 7 Defender
20Greg Halford Defender 78'
44Phoenix Patterson 16 Midfielder
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder 5'
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
19Jack Stafford Midfielder 53'
12John Martin Forward
46Eddie Nolan Defender
Jamal Dupree Midfielder
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
5George Forrest Defender
7Shane Griffin 6 Midfielder
14Niall O’Keeffe 2 Midfielder 64', 87'
16Jeremie Milambo Defender
16Ronaldo Romario Green 44 Midfielder
21Isaac Tshipamba Mulowayi Midfielder
26Callum Stringer Midfielder


1Lorcan Healy Goalkeeper
2Michael Gallagher Defender
3Evan Osam Defender
22Sam Todd Defender
6Jack Keaney Midfielder
7Liam Kerrigan Midfielder
17Dara Keane Midfielder 26'
21Paul Doyle 8 Midfielder
24Harvey O’Brien Midfielder
27Sean Brennan Midfielder
10Colm Whelan Forward 34'
5Luke Boore Defender
8Mark Dignam 21 Defender
9Danu Kinsella Bishop Forward
11Ciaran Behan Midfielder
12Adam Lennon Midfielder
14Eoin Farrell Forward
15Adam Verdon Midfielder
16Carl Williams Goalkeeper
30Evan Caffrey Forward

Past Meetings

(Quarter Final)
2 - 3
UCD Bowl

UCD AFC v Waterford

2 - 8
eLOI Group C
Online Event

Waterford v UCD AFC


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