Waterford United are going well on the pitch, but at what price?

Last weekend’s trip to Donegal to face Finn Harps, including a night-before stopover in Letterkenny, cost the club €3,000 – more than was made at the most-recent home game against Longford.

Manager Stephen Henderson has praised the management committee for finding the money which helped his side to a fourth away win in Ballybofey.

Having gone up against the Grand National, and the Liverpool and Munster rugby games the weekend before last (with just over 300 punters passing through the RSC turnstiles that evening) the Blues’ brains trust have wisely changed this Saturday’s kick-off against Monaghan from 7pm to 2.30 to avoid a clash with the televised Arsenal-Chelsea FA Cup semi-final.

Unfortunately, that’s the way things have gone. League of Ireland soccer is now second-fiddle to whatever else is on. Unfortunately Saturday afternoon kick-offs don’t suit all those who play junior soccer and other sports. Sometimes you just can’t win.