Waterford dropped three more points as they lost to St Patrick’s Athletic side in their SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash played at the RSC on Friday night last This was the third defeat in a row for the Blues since returning from the summer break, losing out to Bohs, Dundalk and now St Pats.
Alan Reynolds made four changes to the team that lost to Dundalk, Dean O’Halloran, John Martin, Maxi Kougan and Cory Galvin all returned to the starting line up.
The Blues open up on the attack and the first real goal chance came on 16 minutes, O’Halloran played a clever first time pass into the feet oF Dean Walsh but the young striker delayed his strike and St Pats defender Ciaran Kelly got across to make a goal saving tackle.
Conor Clifford had the first chance for the Saints on 27 minutes, Simon Madden got away down the right and his cross found Clifford but Blues keeper Matt Connor was well placed to make a comfortable.
The Blues took the lead on 30 minutes with a superb strike from Cory Galvin, Shane Duggan played the ball into the run of Dean Walsh and when the ball broke free Galvin took on the shot from 25 yards and the ball flew into the far corner of the net before St Pats keeper Brendan Clarke could move.
Two minutes later the visitors drew level, Pats won a free kick ten yards inside the Blues, Jamie Lennon took the free and played the ball to Conor Clifford and his right-footed shot from 30 yard flew into the top corner past the stranded Matt Connor.
St Pats almost took the lead right on the half time whistle when Simon Madden got down the right and crossed to the far post but Dean Clarke was unlucky to see his volley rebound off the crossbar with Connor beaten.
we need to be better than that
It was poor second half as the Blues clearly suffered from the lack of a quality striker.
St Pats went close to taking the lead on the hour mark, Jamie Lennon drove in a corner kick from the right that fell to Kevin Toner but his goal bound effort was blocked by Blues defender Kenny Browne.
Three minutes later St Pats scored what proved to be the winning goal. Ian Bermingham overlapped down the left and when Blues full back George Poyton missed his header at the far past Dean Clarke took full advantage and he hammered the ball high into the roof of the net.
The Blues then made a double substitution both JJ Lunney and new signing Tom Holland joined the action and it was the Holland that sent in a corner kick from the right that found the head of Bastien Héry on 69 minutes, but his header lacked power as Brendan Clarke made an easy save.
Waterford threw everybody forward in the closing minutes, Kenny Browne sent Rory Feely away down the left and when he drove the ball into the box Shane Duggan failed to keep his effort on target as the ball flew over the bar.
The Blues had one last chance to grab a point in added on time, when Georgie Poynton whipped in a corner kick from the right that found the head of Dean O’Halloran, but St Pats keeper Brendan Clarke made a brilliant save in a crowed box.
We have such a small squad and playing three games in seven days is hard on them
Next up for the Blues in an away trip to take on Sligo Rovers.
Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds; “I’m very disappointed.“I suppose it’s plain to see that we need a bit of help and the players that are playing all of them need help. We have such a small squad and playing three games in seven days is hard on them. I am talking about the type of players like Dean Walsh and John Martin, who aren’t used to playing and they’re now been thrown in and you could see by that level of performance.
“It was a tired performance from us, it lacked a lot of quality and I thought that it was a very poor game. There’s no doubting that we need to be better than that and give the fans something to shout about.
“I thought that they killed the game in the second half and there was seven or eight minutes injury time, which says a lot. It was all about getting the result for them and getting out, but they delayed it.
“Look a draw at best for us, I’m not trying to be codding anyone here, we weren’t good.
“If I can get everyone fit and available, I think we’ll see a different side.