FR
Date: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2018
Venue: Regional Sports Centre
Ref: Andrew Mullally
Att: 400 (est)
TV:

Ismahil Akinade 45' -
Scored: 45'


Gavan Holohan 79' -
Scored: 79'


OG: 29'
- John Kavanagh 29'

Peno Scored: 44'
- David O'Sullivan 44'



Friendly Report: Waterford 2 - 2 Shelbourne

Fri, Feb 09 2018

Adam Evans put in a man of the match performance for the visitors. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Waterford and Shelbourne played out a four-goal pre-season friendly draw as both sides continued preparation for their respective league campaigns later this month.

 

A John Kavanagh own goal and Davy O'Sullivan's penalty put the visitors 2-0 up going into the break, but a goal on the stroke of half-time from Ismahil Akinade and a late strike from Gavan Holohan earned Waterford a draw.

 

Waterford had a good early chance for the opener down their right side. Matthew Connor’s kick was flicked on by the head of Dean O’Halloran to Akinade. He made a run down the right before squaring but the on-rushing Derek Daly couldn’t reach the driven cross.

 

Sander Puri was next to threaten; his run from the middle opened space but he couldn’t find the target.

 

Shelbourne had a chance of their own on 15 minutes. Dayle Rooney provided the curling cross that found the head of O’Sullivan but it dropped wide of Connor’s near post.

 

The visitors went even closer two minutes later. Gavin Boyne picked up possession just outside the Waterford penalty box and he forced Connor into a smart save to touch the ball onto the post.

 

Shelbourne keeper Dean Delany pulled off a great save after 25 minutes to keep the home side out. O’Halloran’s whipped free kick from the left was met by the head of central defender David Webster but the netminder produced an excelled low save.

 

Four minutes later Shelbourne took the lead. Webster’s headed backpass was left short and James English nipped in. He rounded keeper Connor before seeing his effort deflected into the back of the net by Waterford defender John Kavanagh as he looked to clear.

 

That lead was doubled just before half time. John Kavanagh fouled Rooney in the penalty area and O’Sullivan made no mistake to make it 2-0 from the spot.

 

But back came the home side as O’Halloran intercepted an attempted backpass to Delany minutes later. He found Akinade and he put the ball through the legs of Delany to get the Blues on the scoresheet.

 

A mistake from Blues defender Kenny Browne allowed O’Sullivan a strike on goal in the second half but Matthew Connor was equal to the effort, before Connor saved from Adam Evans’ effort minutes later.

 

Waterford did level with 11 minutes left on the clock. Gavan Holohan picked the ball up 20 yards from goal and struck brilliantly low past Shels’ sub keeper Steacy to make it 2-2.

 

The Blues had chances to grab a winner in the final minutes but settled for a 2-2 draw in their final pre-season match.

 

 

Waterford: Matthew Connor (Niall Corbet 62); John Kavanagh (Rory Feely 62), David Webster, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean (Dylan Barnett); Dean O’Halloran (Dean Walsh 68), Bastien Hery, Sander Puri, Gavan Holohan, Derek Daly; Ismahil Akinade.

 

Subs not used: Darryl Walsh, Shane Griffin,

 

Shelbourne: Dean Delany (Lee Steacy 75); James Brown, David Mulcahy, Arran Molloy (Derek Prendergast HT), Lorcan Fitzgerald (James Woods 68); Adam Evans, Gavan Boyne (Cian Kavanagh 80), Mark Hughes (James O’Brien HT), Dayle Rooney (Dylan Grimes 73); James English (Jamie Doyle 73), David O’Sullivan

 

Referee: Andrew Mullally.

Attendance: 400 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Adam Evans (Shelbourne).

 



Waterford
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Patrick McClean
Defender
John Kavanagh
29OG: 29'
Defender
Kenny Browne
Defender
David Webster
Defender
Gavan Holohan
79Scored: 79'
Midfielder
Bastien Hery
Midfielder
Derek Daly
Midfielder
Dean O'Halloran
Midfielder
Sander Puri
Midfielder
Ismahil Akinade
45Scored: 45'
Forward

Substitutes
Shane Griffin
Midfield
Rory Feely
Midfield
Niall Corbet
Goalkeeper
A Trialist
Unknown
Dean Walsh
Forward
Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Dave Mulcahy
Defender
Lorcan Fitzgerald
Defender
James Brown
Defender
Gavin Boyne
Defender
Dayle Rooney
Midfielder
Arran Molloy
Midfielder
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Forward
44Peno: 44'
Adam Evans
Forward
James English
Forward

Substitutes
James Woods
Midfield
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Derek Prendergast
Defender
James O'Brien
Midfield
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
Jamie Doyle
Midfield


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