Walsh brace stretches Villa’s unbeaten record

Waterford Crystal v Villa Premier League 6-1-12

The Villa made it 11 wins on the spin in all competitions  when they accounted for Waterford Crystal at the Glass Complex on Sunday morning last.

The team who are managed by the former Waterford United and St Patrick’s Athletic striker Paschal Keane have not tasted defeat since they lost to Carrick United back in September, 2012 and this latest victory has moved them to within three points of second placed Tramore on the Premier League table.

The win was also a timely boost ahead of next Sunday’s massive FAI Junior Cup match against Pike Rovers of Limerick.

Waterford Crystal on the other hand remain in the bottom half of the table.

Their total of eight points from nine games keeps them down at the wrong end with the likes of Piltown and Johnville.

The host club were under pressure from the opening minute and Villa had strong claims for a penalty after 10 minutes when Conor McDonald was sent sprawling inside the 18 yards box, but the match official Richie Brazil and his assistant Tony Lacey waved away the strong protests from the visitors.

Four minutes later Nicky Corcoran  made contact with a corner kick taken from the left by Kevin O’Brien but his powerful header went inches wide

of the target. Waterford Crystal went close themselves on 18 minutes when Steven Bible hammered in a fine ef

ht upright.fort from 20 yards but the Villa goalkeeper Robert Bresnan displayed wonderful agility to turn the ball around his rig

Villa took the lead on 27 minutes

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d the goal was simplicity at it’s finest.

Christian Cullen, who is enjoying a brilliant season for the Villa, played a sublime ball forward  from his left full back position into the path of Danny Walsh who had no difficulty outpacing a square Crystal defence before touching the ball past the helpless Der

ek Hearne from 12 yards.

Whatever chance Crystal had of getting something from the contest more or less disappeared eight minutes into the second half when Danny Walsh sc

Des Mullett cracked in a fierce shot from 20 yards which Derek Hearne did well to parry, but when the ball broke lose inside the six yards box Walsh had no difficulty tapping the ball into the empty net.ored his second goal of the game.

That goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of Crystal and it took a wonderful save from Derek Hearne to prevent the visitors from increasing their advantage 15 minutes from full time. Robbie O’Keeffe rose high at the back post to meet a left wing cross from Danny Sheridan, who had replaced Christian Cullen earlier but Hearne somehow managed to claw the b

all away with his ageless agility and ability.

The remainder of the match saw

the Villa team knock the ball around the pitch without any great deal of difficulty and they will now prepare for the visit of Pike Rovers to Connors Park on Sunday next.

Waterford Crystal: Derek Hearne, Niall Kirby, Ian Griffin, Colm Clancy, Steven Bible, Alan Ryan, Robbie Butler, Richie Walsh (Ian Barry `82)  Dan Murphy(James Fatumoso `82)  Keith Sheridan, Niall O’Toole (Jason Halloran `65)

Villa: Robert Bresnan, Cristian Cullen (Danny Sheridan `65) Kevin Kelly, Declan Furlong, Nicky Corcoran, Des Mullett (Jimmy Barry `71) Robbie O’Keeffe, Kevin O’Brien, Danny Walsh, Conor McDonald (Mark Hobbs“81) Aaron Gailbert.

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