First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 21, 2012
Venue:
Att: 567

Sean Maguire 51' -
Scored: 51'


Peter Keegan 66' -
Scored: 66'


Sean Maguire 74' -
Scored: 74'


Sean Maguire 89' -
Peno Scored: 89'


Scored: 20'
- Thomas Crawley 20'

Red: 56'
- William McDonagh 56'

Red: 59'
- Austin Skelly 59'

Scored: 69'
- Tony Griffiths 69'


Waterford United -v- Longford Town

Fri, Sep 21 2012

 

With the FAI announcement of a 12 team Premier Division again for next season, Waterford United and Longford Town face off on Friday night in the RSC in a game that takes on an even greater significance. Kick-off, 7:45pm.

 

WATERFORD UNITED

After a weekend off last week, Paul O’Brien’s side have their sights set on Longford Town and second place in the table. They look to keep pressure on league leaders Limerick, and will look to make home advantage count this weekend.

The sides are separated by one point in the table, with their goal difference also at the minimum mark. Despite a poor FAI cup result against Mervue United, The Blues bounced back with a 1-0 win away to SD Galway to keep pressure on the top two. A win for The Blues would be massive, with Longford facing Limerick next weekend, making the final matches very interesting.

Waterford United welcome back Daragh Walshe from injury while striker Sean Maguire is doubtful. Gary Dunphy and Jack Doherty miss the game through injury while Paul Carey an additional one-match suspension for his sending off from the substitutes bench against Mervue United.

Blues boss Paul O’Brien was happy to get their Cup exit off their minds after a 1-0 win last time out. "The win is important to keep the pressure on Limerick and Longford and we achieved our aim. We will go all out to win our remaining four games and see where that will take us. The players responded very well after the disappointment of last Monday which was very important, and we need to drive on in this regard."

 

LONGFORD TOWN

With just three points keeping Longford Town behind league leaders Limerick, this is a vital match in more than one sense. A win on Friday night, and a win against Limerick next weekend could see Longford in pole position to win promotion to the Premier Division.

Last weekend Longford overcame Wexford Youths 2-0, with goals from Karl Bermingham and Thomas Crawley. Their last four league matches have secured two home wins, but a draw in Athlone and a defeat against Finn Harps have prevented Longford from moving away from Waterford United and pushing closer to Limerick.

The stats also help Longford Town, as they have yet to be defeated on the road, with eight wins and four draws from their 12 league matches outside Flancare Park.


Referee: Keith Callanan

MATCH FACTS
Both teams enter the game in exactly the same recent form. From their last four league games, both sides have won two, drawn one and lost one.

Longford Town are the only side unbeaten away from home in the First Division table.

Waterford United were 11 points behind Longford Town after their last meeting in the RSC, now the gap is one point.

BETTING

Waterford United: EVENS, Draw 11/5, Longford Town 5/2.

PREDICTION

Waterford United 2-1 Longford Town.


Waterford
Packie Holden
Goalkeeper
Dylan Mernagh
Defender
Seamus Long
Defender
John Frost
Defender
Craig Burns
Defender
Stephen Mulcahy
82Booked: 82'
Midfielder
Peter Higgins
Midfielder
Gary Dempsey
85Booked: 85'
Midfielder
Paul Phelan
Midfielder
Sean Maguire
51Scored: 51'
74Scored: 74'
89Peno: 89'
Forward
Peter Keegan
66Scored: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Aidan McGrath
Midfield
Willie John Kiely
Forward
Robert Hughes
Goalkeeper
Jamie Cross
Defender
Conor Coad
Midfield
David Breen
Defender
Ben Ryan
Forward
Longford Town
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Mark Salmon
Defender
77Booked: 77'
William McDonagh
Defender
56Sent off: 56'
Michael Lee
Defender
Aidan Collins
Defender
Colm James
Midfielder
Tony Griffiths
Midfielder
69Scored: 69'
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
Thomas Crawley
Midfielder
20Scored: 20'
Robert Bayly
Midfielder
Karl Bermingham
Forward

Substitutes
Craig Walsh
Midfield
Austin Skelly
Forward
59Sent off: 59'
Darragh Reynor
Midfield
Alan Kirby
Midfield
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Jamie Duffy
Midfield
Chris Deans
Defender