League of Ireland, Premier Division
Waterford FC manager Alan Reynolds was a happy man when he spoke after the Blues defeated Limerick at the RSC last Friday. “It was a great way to end the season. We started very well and I asked for that sort of energy and I asked them to take the game to Limerick and see could live with us. The likes of Dessie Hutcinson for example wanted to show the fans what he could do and a few other lads got a run also and they did well.
“I was disappointed we didn’t get a second goal when Izzy had a chance and then they go and score but overall I thought we were comfortable throughout. We responded well. Players like Derek Daly and John Martin looked good tonight. They missed the majority of the season because of injury and it’s easy to forget them. John is an exciting talent as he showed that out there tonight. Derek’s season was a write off but both of them were very good tonight. Both of those lads are talented footballers.
“I am glad in one way the season is over because it has been tough but now we have to sit down and sign players and so on. Yes it has been tough but when you get the rewards like we have does, it makes it all worthwhile.“Lee Power is delighted with the way things have gone and now we will sit down with him. He came in and bought the club and we won promotion and now we have qualified for Europe so I suppose it has been something of a honeymoon period. Hopefully we can build on what we have done during the past two seasons.
“It will be tough because every other club will be strengthening their squads also but we will do our best. We have a tough few weeks ahead of us now but I will take that any day because it’s football so that is fine. I am probably repeating myself in saying this but the fan base here is wonderful. When we were up near the top of the table at the start of the season the place was hopping here and they created the atmosphere. Lee put in the money which was great but the supporters were fantastic. Go back three years when only a handful of people were here and now you can see the kids wearing the blue jersey. We simply must continue to build on what we have started.”