Waterford FC threw away two points as they conceded a stoppage time penalty and were punished by Gary McCabe. The Seagulls took a surprise lead after three minutes through a Dan McKenna header but the Blues levelled before half time and took the le
Waterford FC threw away two points as they conceded a stoppage time penalty and were punished by Gary McCabe.
The Seagulls took a surprise lead after three minutes through a Dan McKenna header but the Blues levelled before half time and took the lead thanks to Courtney Duffus' excellent 69th minute strike McKenna wasn't even supposed to be starting on Monday but he was wedged into the starting line-up as a late replacement for Rhys Gorman and it proved a masterstroke.
Gary McCabe left his man chasing a shadow before laying it back to Dylan Hayes whose first-time cross was met by McKenna and the on-loan Wolves man managed to bend his header beyond the despairing dive of Lawrence Vigouroux.
Ex-Seagull Ismahil Akinade had a wonderful chance to level matters when Paul Keegan pinged a free kick deep into the Bray area and Akinade rose unchallenged but powered his header wide.
A chipped pass forward then found Akinade who had Heaney on toast. He crossed it for strike partner Duffus who laid it onto Bastien Hery who blazed it over from a great position. On Friday against Bohs, it was Bray who scored on the stroke of half time but on Monday, they conceded.
Keegan delivered the corner and Holohan supplied the finish to level matters. Waterford almost grabbed the lead within the first minute of the second period as Stanley Aborah collected Paul O'Conor's headed clearance but his curler narrowly evaded the top corner.
Waterford thought they'd landed the decisive blow on 69 minutes and all credit must go to Courtney Duffus for the goal. There was little danger when he picked it up but he hustled and then escaped several men before rifling it to the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
But there was a sting in the tail as ex-Wanderer Webster slipped and Dan Kelly was tripped by Vigouroux as he raced through. McCabe brilliantly dispatched the spot kick.