Playoff
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 26, 2012
Venue: Regional Sports Centre
Ref: Keith Callanan
Att: 1,198

Peter Higgins 9' -
Scored: 9'


Seamus Long 49' -
Red: 49'


Scored: 90'
- Alan Kirby 90'



Waterford United 1 - 1 Longford Town

Sat, Oct 27 2012

Waterford United saw off the challenge of Longford Town to progress to the promotion play-off against Dundalk after a 3-1 aggregate win on Friday night.

 

Longford Town manager Tony Cousins made four changes from the first leg, as Michael Lee, Des Hope, Daniel Purdy and Austin Skelly came into the starting line-up, while Waterford United boss Paul O’Brien kept faith with the team that won 2-0 last Saturday.

 

Longford’s early control, possession, and succession of corners, were quickly forgotten as Waterford United took the lead after nine minutes. Peter Keegan drilled a precise low ball to the left wing to Sean Maguire. The young striker, who finished joint top of the goalscoring charts, raced toward goal and forced Craig Hyland into a good save, but Peter Higgins was on hand to keep his composure and fire low past Hyland.

 

Longford began to control more of the game and Noel Haverty had a good chance five minutes before half time but he couldn’t steer his header past Holden.

 

Paul Phelan should have put the game beyond the visitors at the start of the second half. Sean Maguire, Gary Dempsey and Peter Keegan broke clear down the right wing with Keegan supplying Phelan but he somehow missed from close range.

 

Seamus Long was sent for an early bath four minutes later. Referee Keith Callanan adjudged the defender to be the last man after his foul on Austin Skelly and showed Long the red card, the third time the official has sent off the defender this season.

 

Tony Griffiths had a great chance to get Longford back in the game but he couldn’t get a touch on Thomas Crawley’s cross.

 

Longford Town were rewarded for their possession on the night as Alan Kirby grabbed a late consolation. Noel Haverty crossed from the right via a deflection and Waterford-native Alan Kirby was on hand to fire past Holden from close range.

 

Noel Haverty had another late chance from Alan Kirby’s corner but his header went narrowly wide of the far post. Waterford now face Dundalk on Tuesday in the first leg of the play-off.

 

Waterford United: Packie Holden; Stephen Mulcahy (Seamus Long 11), David Breen, Craig Burns, John Frost; Peter Higgins, Peter White (Ben Ryan 70), Gary Dempsey, Paul Phelan (Jack Doherty 92); Sean Maguire, Peter Keegan.
Subs not used: Robbie Hughes, Willie John Kiely, Daragh Walshe, Dylan Mernagh.

Booked: Phelan (32).
Sent Off: Long (49).

 

Longford Town: Craig Hyland; Noel Haverty, Des Hope, Willo McDonagh, Michael Lee; Robert Bayly, Mark Salmon, Keith Gillespie (Alan Kirby 68), Thomas Crawley; Austin Skelly (Tony Griffiths 68), Daniel Purdy (Karl Bermingham 60).
Subs not used: Colm James, Darragh Raynor, Chris Deans, Paul Hunt.

Booked: Haverty (40), Bayly (43), Bermingham (62), Kirby (92).

 

Referee: Keith Callanan.

Attendance: 1,198

Extratime Man of the Match: Gary Dempsey (Waterford United).

 



Waterford FC
Packie Holden
Goalkeeper
David Breen
Defender
Craig Burns
Defender
John Frost
Defender
Stephen Mulcahy
Defender
Gary Dempsey
Midfielder
Peter Higgins
9Scored: 9'
Midfielder
Paul Phelan
32Booked: 32'
Midfielder
Peter White
Midfielder
Peter Keegan
Forward
Sean Maguire
Forward

Substitutes
Jack Doherty
Midfield
Robert Hughes
Goalkeeper
Willie John Kiely
Forward
Seamus Long
49Sent off: 49'
Defender
Dylan Mernagh
Defender
Ben Ryan
Forward
Darragh Walshe
Forward
Longford Town
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Noel Haverty
Defender
40Booked: 40'
Des Hope
Defender
Michael Lee
Defender
William McDonagh
Defender
Robert Bayly
Midfielder
43Booked: 43'
Thomas Crawley
Midfielder
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
Daniel Purdy
Forward
Austin Skelly
Forward

Substitutes
Karl Bermingham
Forward
62Booked: 62'
Chris Deans
Defender
Tony Griffiths
Forward
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Colm James
Midfield
Alan Kirby
Midfield
90Scored: 90'
92Booked: 92'
Darragh Reynor
Midfield


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