Ferrybank 0; Waterford Crystal 2
This season is proving to be something of a rollercoaster ride for Ferrybank. Three weeks ago when they lost to Johnville in St Martin’s Park 2-0 both goals were scored by Ferrybank players and those OGs dropped the Abbeylands outfit right back into the relegation area.
The following week they made the journey to Mitchell Kennedy Park and defeated Hibs 5-2 to move up the table. On Friday night last they had home advantage against Waterford Crystal but another two-goal defeat means that they are right back in the mire. Ferrybank were neat and tidy but Crystal side were more direct and the visitors powered into the top three.
Ferrybank began smartly enough but eventually Crystal got on top, making a chance after 10 minutes when Martin Tynan went close after getting on the end of a Liam Coady cross.
Then Robbie Butler volleyed over from 18 yards before Crystal full-back Shaun Corcoran set up Andrew Power but his shot on the turn went inches wide. Minutes later Power was unlucky with a powerful far-post header following a Tynan cross but Hubert Mullally made the save of the game to tip the ball over the bar.
It came as no surprise when Crystal took the lead on 20 minutes. Robbie Butler drove in a well-rehearsed corner and with Crystal players dragging Ferrybank defenders everywhere across the box Paul Wyse stole in to send a powerful header into the net from six yards.
Ferrybank battled back bravely and before half-time two chances to equalise. On 35 minutes Mark Dalton whipped in a free kick wide on the right, Crystal keeper Derek Hearne could only punch the ball high into the air but Hearne regained his composure to grab it on the line.
On the stroke of half-time Paddy Mullally beat the Crystal offside trap and raced clear down the right before hitting a hard right-footed shot that flashed across the face of goal and wide.
See The Munster Express newspaper for full story.