Waterford United’s seventh straight league win has them still hot on the heels of UCD, a team they will play at the Belfield Bowl this Friday night. Perhaps the victory over Kildare County was not a vintage performance but nevertheless Blues manager Stephen Henderson was happy with the outcome.
“We were favourites to win the game but just like Carlow in the League Cup they brought 10 players back behind the ball all through the game and it is never easy to break down a team who play that way. We allowed them run around the pitch during the first half and we knew they would tire during the course of the second period and when we scored there was only going to be one result.
“Kevin [Waters] took his goal superbly and he will go on to score many more for us during the coming months. His goal in Carlow has given him great confidence.
“We were never in any danger in this game. I will give credit to the Kildare players and their manager Joey Sommerville, but this was an easy enough win for us.
“We now have some really big games coming up, starting with UCD on Friday. We then play Shamrock Rovers in the cup before away games against Sporting Fingal and Shelbourne. We have been on a smashing run during the past two months and we must bring that form into those games.
“We have a small squad but they are enjoying every minute of the season and we will face the next month in a very confident frame of mind,” said Henderson. However, he did admit that having to play against UCD without Graham Cummins will be a big ask.
“His suspension has come at the wrong time and he will be hard to replace because apart from his goals he knocks a lot of balls down for Willie John Kiely. We will think long and hard about the situation during the course of the week before making a decision.”