Saturday, May 13, 2017
Wexford FC 0, Blues 1 (13/5/17, Ferrycarrig, Wexford)
Another game that could have gone either way but thankfully another three valuable points to keep ahead - just barely, of the chasing posse of two, UCD and Cobh BUT, one of these days the Blues could easily take a hit and Cobh away in two weeks' time will be a huge test.
Wexford made a good fight of this local derby and did in fact have the ball in the net and also hit the upright. To be honest the very few Wexford supporters at the game might feel a little unlucky not to get something to it. To be sure, when you are bottom of the pile nothing goes your way - Blues' fans know all about this!
Wexford competed well in this game and were not slow to get physical ..... some of the tackles for the guys in pink were definitely out of order but the one that did the most damage - to Mark O'Sullivan just before the break, was OK. The last thing the Blues could have done with was another injury but that's what they got. The striker will miss a couple of weeks but it could have been much worse.
Dave Mulcahy impressed, using his vast experience, badly needed on the night. Anthony McAlavey was busy all night but it simply wasn't working for him. Matt Connor was solid at the back, as usual.
Referee Tom Dempsey did not have a good game.....in fact he was dreadful and some of decisions were appalling including the one to award a free kick to Davie McDaid in the second half when clear.
Fans must wonder at times why we cannot produce better match officials. Black mark to Mr. Dempsey and to Wexford FC in relation to the stoppage of play on two separate occasions with the Blues in possession in good situations. On both occasions the restart was used by Wexford to clear the ball with complete disregard for sporting convention. Bad form....Corey Chambers, you did not learn this during your time with Waterford.
The attendance was poor and the Blues' fans clearly outnumber their counterparts.
Next up a home game against Longford.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Derek Daly, Dave Mulcahy, Patrick McClean, Kenny McEvoy, Garry Comerford, Shane O'Connor (Jack Lynch 72'), Anthony McAlavey, David McDaid, Mark O'Sullivan (Conor Whittle 46'). Unused subs: Dean Walsh, John Martin, Matt Sheehan, Owen Wall, Shane Griffin.