Monaghan United 4; Waterford United 2
And it was going so well. Waterford United had played superb football during the opening 45 minutes on Friday night last against Monaghan United.
With a little bit of luck they could have gone in at half time with a three goal lead rather than a two goal advantage. If only.
For the fourth successive game, they scored the opening goal inside the opening five minutes and they had the home side on the ropes for vast swathes of the fixture.
However it all went pear shaped for Stephen Henderson’s men in the second period as Monaghan struck four unanswered goals inside 21 minutes to rock the Blues.
It was a stunning comeback by Mick Cooke’s outfit and the result means that Waterford have slipped out of the play-off places. In fact, they must now win their last four games to ensure a position in the top three.
To be blunt, that ambition now hangs by a most tenuous thread having lost to the Mons for the third time in this campaign.
Willie John Kiely scored his eighth goal in five games after four minutes. Alan Carey sprayed the ball out left to Liam Kearney and when he crossed to the near post Kiely guided a wonderful header past Monaghan goalkeeper Gabriel Sava.
The Blues went two up on the half hour. Kearney again knocked in a great cross and this time it was Vinny Sullivan who headed powerfully into the back of the net.
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