Waterford moved seven points clear of fourth place Shamrock Rovers as they continue their march towards European football in 2019, with a 3-2 win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds. Things were looking good for Alan Reynolds’ charges early on whe
Waterford moved seven points clear of fourth place Shamrock Rovers as they continue their march towards European football in 2019, with a 3-2 win over Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.
Things were looking good for Alan Reynolds’ charges early on when they opened the scoring just four minutes in. Jack Keaney was harshly adjudged to have impeded Courtney Duffus 20 yards from the target, before Aborah struck sweetly, the subsequent set-piece into the top corner of Mitchell Beeney’s net.
Waterford got their second on 19. Ismahil Akinade knocking Dave Webster’s free kick from the half-way line into the vicinity of Martin, who found it easy to turn and fire into the opposite corner.
The Bit O’Red eventually woke from their slumber to half the deficit just short of the half hour. David Cawley’s sublime through ball finding the oncoming Wixted, who took one touch to steady himself before slotting past Connor from the angle.
Ger Lyttle’s charges found themselves back on par just two minutes later. Sharkey finding space to nod home Donelon’s corner. Rovers’ joy didn’t last long however as Waterford found themselves back in the lead on 33 minutes.
Lewis Morrison the guilty party as he allowed Hery to take control of a ball cleared to the edge of the area. The Frenchman driving the ball past Beeney to hand his team the lead once more.
The home side went about their attempts to level proceedings in the second period. Moorhouse knocking his effort into the side netting while Keaney had Connor on his toes when he held on to the Donegal man’s first time volley on 64.
Rovers had Beeney to thank for keeping them in touch on 70 minutes when he got down to guide Akinade’s header around his post.