Waterford made it four wins from five to continue their excellent start to the season with a 1-0 win against Bohemians at the RSC on Monday.
Substitute Sander Puri fired the only goal of the game six minutes into the second half to give the home side three points.
Bohs’ Keith Ward and Waterford’s Courtney Duffus exchanged early chances but neither could find the a way past their respective opponent goalkeepers.
Striker Rob Manley had a great chance midway through the first half for Bohemians but he mishit from inside the penalty area after good work from Darragh Leahy and Karl Moore down the left side.
Waterford had their own chance shortly afterwards after a great cross from Stanley Aborah from the right; but Gavan Holohan could only fire straight at Bohs keeper Supple from close range.
Bohs almost made their possession count as Manley got through from the left but a last-gasp challenge from Waterford centre-back David Webster cleared the danger.
The home side started the second-half brightly and were in front after six minutes. Courtney Duffus did well down the right to beat his man and cross and his curling cross found Sander Puri at the back post to fire home.
Bohs did have a great chance to level with in the final quarter. Kenny Browne mishit his attempted clearance at the front post and it dropped to Eoghan Stokes but he couldn’t head past Vigouroux, while Dylan Watts struck narrowly wide from a volley from 20 yards as Waterford held on for the three points to remain joint top of the Premier Division table.
Waterford: Lawrence Vigouroux; Rory Feely (John Kavanagh 28), Dave Webster, Kenny Browne, Dylan Barnett; Paul Keegan, Stanley Aborah, Bastien Héry (Sander Puri 46), Gavan Holohan; Derek Daly (Dean O’Halloran 79), Courtney Duffus
Subs Not Used: Niall Corbet, Garry Comerford, Feysal Kasmi, Dean Walsh
Yellow Cards: Courtney Duffus (81)
Bohemians: Shane Supple: Derek Pender, Dan Casey, Robert Cornwall, Darragh Leahy; Karl Moore, Keith Ward, Paddy Kavanagh (Eoghan Stokes 75), Oscar Brennan (Ian Morris 71), Dylan Watts; Rob Manley (Dinny Corcoran 59)
Subs Not Used: Colin McCabe, Philip Gannon, Keith Buckley, JJ Lunney
Yellow Cards: Karl Moore (64)
Referee: Graham Kelly
Man of the Match: David Webster