Playoff
Date: 7:45 p.m. Nov. 2, 2012
Venue: Regional Sports Centre
Att: 2,728
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Scored: 45'
- Michael Rafter 45'

Scored: 69'
- Michael Rafter 69'

Live Updates for Waterford -v- Dundalk

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90' + 4'

FULL TIME!

Congratulations to Dundalk! They've secured their Premier Division place for another season at the expense of Waterford United. It was an excellent, disciplined performance from the visitors here at the RSC. They win 4-2 on aggregate. Thank you for following along tonight, and all season. Stay tuned to Extratime.ie for post-game reaction.

90' + 1'
To their credit, the Waterford fans continue to sing in the corner of the Old Stand. It's another season of First Division football at the RSC.

90'

Yellow Card

The substitute's very first act is to concede a foul and be the first Dundalk player in the referee's book.

89'

Substitution

Dundalk substitution: Peter Thomas comes on in place of Stephen McDonnell.

88'
Another counter-attack, another Dundalk opening. Waterford are understandably stretched as they desperately search for a goal to ignite some hope and the visitors take advantage. Nathan Murphy bends a delicate finish onto Holden's far post and it remains 2-0.

87'
Waterford have the ball in the net, but Maguire is judged to have been offside as he poked home from close range. It was very, very close.

84'
Another quality counter-attack from the visitors almost produces a third goal as they overload the left flank before drawing a point-blank save from Holden.

82'
Maguire is allowed space on the right-hand side of Dundalk's box and jinks past two defenders before a stunning last-ditch tackle prevents him shooting at Cherrie's goal from 14 yards.

80'
The game, and the atmosphere, have become very subdued since that second Dundalk goal. The home side aren't showing any signs of a dramatic, late comeback. It's been a very solid counter-attacking performance from the visitors.

79'

Substitution

Waterford United substitution: Peter White departs, he'll be replaced by Conor Coad.

75'

Substitution

Dundalk substitution: Mark O'Brien replaces the injured Liam Burns.

73'

Substitution

Waterford United substitution: Aidan McGrath comes on for Ben Ryan. Paul O'Brien needs to shuffle his pack.

71'
Waterford have been caught twice on the counter attack in this game. They've been comfortably the better team but it's Dundalk who have had the cutting edge.

69'

GOAL!

Second goal for Rafter, second goal for Dundalk! A slip on halfway allows the Lilywhites' number nine to race clear before slotting coolly beyond Holden. You can hear a pin drop inside the RSC.

68'
Another brilliant move from the hosts finds Ben Ryan down the right and Cherrie pulls off a fantastic save to the winger's high drive.

66'
Excellent, patient work from Waterford as they build from the back and work the ball to Peter White on the edge of the Dundalk box. The midfielder comes under pressure as he pulls the trigger and hits his shot right at Cherrie, who spills the ball before it is scrambled clear.

61'
There's an increasingly anxious crowd of just under 3,000 here at the RSC tonight. Dempsey continues to impress in the centre of midfield for the home side but Dundalk's quick counter-attacks are menacing in the face of Waterford's sterile dominance.

60'

Substitution

Dundalk substitution: Nathan Murphy comes on in place of Gary Shanahan.

56'

Substitution

Waterford United substitution: Paul Phelan is replaced by Jack Doherty.

54'
Good chance for Dundalk as the goalscorer, Rafter, breaks free down the right and crosses for Gary Shanahan, who heads over in space at the back post.

52'
Waterford have started this second-half exactly as they started the first. They're penning Dundalk deep and probing for an opening, but the visitors are keeping things rigidly secure.

49'

Yellow Card

Controversial! Referee Padraig Sutton books Sean Maguire for simulation after the tricky forward crumples under a challenge from Liam Burns inside the area. There looked to be some contact.

46'

Second Half

We're back underway. 45 minutes remain to decide which club will take a place in next year's Premier Division.

45' + 2'

Half Time

Dundalk will be ecstatic as they make their way into the dressing room at the break. They've been largely second best in the opening half of play but find themselves one goal ahead thanks to Rafter's late strike. Waterford have an uphill task in front of their many home fans.

45'

GOAL!

Sucker. Punch. Dundalk have come into the game more in the last 10-15 minutes and they've carved out the game's opening goal. Michael Rafter controls the ball on his thigh before turning and firing low past Holden from the edge of the box.

42'
As might be expected, the game has been quite scrappy and tense throughout the opening 45. Neither team have demonstrated much in the way of attacking prowess.

39'
Gary Dempsey, the grand old man of this Waterford team, is having an excellent first half at the heart of the Blues' midfield. It's the First Division side that looks to have the Premier quality so far.

36'
Great chance for Waterford as Sean Maguire is played clean through over the top of the Dundalk back-line. The youngster takes a very heavy first touch though and Liam Burns is able to get back and make a successful challenge.

31'
More mayhem in the Lilywhites' area as a large-scale game of pinball briefly breaks out. Ben Ryan ends the fun with a volley that drops wide of goal.

29'
Waterford are awarded a central free-kick, 30 yards from the Dundalk goal. Gary Dempsey steps up and curls wide of Peter Cherrie's right-hand post.

25'
That really was a bad, bad miss from the visitors. It's been all Waterford so far, the visitors could have landed a heavy blow with a goal against the run of play.

23'
Good grief. Dundalk stage a rare foray into Waterford's half and are rewarded with a questionable free-kick wide on the left flank. From the resulting delivery, Gary Dempsey is unable to clear and the ball ricochets into the air allowing Mark Griffin to blaze a volley over from eight yards.

18'
And from that free-kick, a scramble ensues with the ball lost amid a forest of legs until a poke sends it to the feet of David Breen. The centre-back hesitates, unwilling to take the shot on with his left leg and the chance is lost.

17'
First free-kick of the night! It's for Waterford, to the left of Dundalk's box.

14'
It's an absurdly cold night on Suirside. Mittens should be mandatory for each player.

11'
The home crowd is loving this start from the team in blue. The (roughly) 300 away fans currently look like somebody is juggling chainsaws below their favourite chandelier.

9'
Dundalk need to settle themselves. And quickly. Waterford are working space down the right channel almost at will. The visitors can't rely on last-ditch clearances for long, surely?

8'
Oh my. Oh my. Oh... Waterford send in a corner from the right and David Breen rises to head the ball back across goal, where Maguire fails to connect from two yards out. The crowd was on its feet.

6'
Waterford have started like a magnificent blue tide in the opening five minutes but the first real opening of the game falls to the visitors as Gary Shanahan is played in on goal, only to see his weak effort saved by the foot of Packie Holden in the Blues' goal.

4'
An early shot long-range shot is pulled wide by Peter White for the home side after a nice lay-off by Sean Maguire.

2'
Waterford kick off and are immediately on the front foot, pushing Dundalk deep and winning an early corner.

1'

GAME ON!

We're through the looking glass here people...

0'
The teams are on the pitch in front of a packed RSC and break their respective huddles to face their footballing destiny.

0'
PRAYER WORKS! The press box broadband has returned here in Waterford, just in time for kick-off. I'm Dean Hayes and my cartoonish panic has subsided. Direct all messages of thanks to Ganesh, Buddha, Yahwe or your deity of choice.

0'
A late change for Dundalk as Paul Whelan has replaced Derek Foran in the starting line-up.

0'
And we're back in action folks. A very cold evening here in the RSC but a healthy crowd are still streaming in through the gates here.

0'
Dundalk XI : Cherrie, Foran, Burns, Shields, Rafter, Shannon, Griffin, McDonnell, Shanahan, Osbourne, Gaul.

0'
A few Internet problems here but hopefully we'll be back in action soon: Waterford United XI: Holden; Mernagh, Breen, Long, Frost; Ryan, Dempsey, White, Phelan; Maguire, Walshe.

0'
It's play-off time as Waterford United welcome Dundalk to the RSC. Team line-ups are on the way.



Photo Gallery for Waterford -v- Dundalk



Waterford
Packie Holden
Goalkeeper
Dylan Mernagh
Defender
Seamus Long
Defender
John Frost
Defender
David Breen
Defender
Gary Dempsey
Midfielder
Paul Phelan
Midfielder
Ben Ryan
Midfielder
Peter White
Midfielder
Sean Maguire
49Booked: 49'
Forward
Darragh Walshe
Forward

Substitutes
Aidan McGrath
Midfield
Willie John Kiely
Forward
Robert Hughes
Goalkeeper
Jack Doherty
Midfield
Conor Coad
Midfield
Paul Carey
Defender
Craig Burns
Defender
Dundalk
Peter Cherrie
Goalkeeper
Eoghan Osborne
Defender
Robbie Gaul
Defender
Liam Burns
Defender
Paul Whelan
Defender
Chris Shields
Midfielder
Lorcan Shannon
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Stephen McDonnell
Midfielder
Michael Rafter
Forward
45Scored: 45'
69Scored: 69'
Marc Griffin
Forward

Substitutes
Chris Reilly
Forward
Mark O'Brien
Midfield
Nathan Murphy
Defender
Barry Conlon
Forward
Peter Thomas
Defender
90Booked: 90'
William Woods
Midfield