Waterford United 3; Athlone Town 2
This was the last game of the current league campaign at the RSC and it certainly proved to be the most dramatic. With only six minutes remaining it looked as if Waterford United would fail to take anything from the game as Athlone Town were leading 2-1 and with Shelbourne having won in Limerick it was looking odds on that the Blues would slip to 4th in the table, one point behind Shels and out of the play-off positions.
However, an incredible finish saw Waterford score two goals to steal the points and it came as no surprise that the large attendance went wild when skipper Kevin Murray touched home the winning goal three minutes into stoppage time.
The RSC had not hosted such an incredible game for many years and players and supporters alike were drained when the referee blew the full-time whistle. The outcome means that Waterford remain two points clear of Shelbourne and enjoy a better goal difference so a draw would be good enough to secure at least third spot when the Blues and the Reds meet on Saturday next in Tolka Park.
The entire season has been a rollercoaster ride for Stephen Henderson’s team, and this contest put everyone involved with the club well and truly through the ringer. Remarkable stuff and now it’s off to Dublin for that match against Shelbourne. It will the most important game the two famous clubs have played for many years. The future of both clubs is on the line and the Drumcondra venue will not be a place for the fainthearted.
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