Limerick FC 2; Waterford United 1
Last season, following a pretty good attempt at winning promotion, Waterford United fell away from the chasing pack when they lost 5-1 to Limerick in Jackman Park. Sadly it was case of more of the same at the Shannonside venue on Friday last.
Following an away draw with Finn Harps and a disastrous home defeat to Monaghan United, Blues manager Stephen Henderson was hoping to halt the slide and get back to winning ways and stay in touch with third-placed Sporting Fingal. Things were looking up when Vinny Sullivan put Waterford in front but straight from the re-start after Sullivan’s 65th minute strike the United defence open up like the Red Sea and the home side equalised.
To make matters even worse, Limerick scored what proved to be the winning goal from the penalty spot afterwards and that was that from a Waterford point of view. The alarming recent change of fortunes is down to injuries, suspensions and a total lack of confidence.
In fairness the majority of the players tried very hard in this game but at time their passing was poor and they gave away possession far too often. It will need a miracle of Biblical proportions to see the Blues make the play-offs following this defeat, and many other results involving the other clubs will have go in favour of Waterford.
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