Saturday, May 20, 2017

Blues 1, Longford Town FC 0 (19/5/17, RSC, Waterford)


Another squeaky bum 1-0 win and three more points to send the travelling fans home happy....or maybe a little worried? Once again the Blues were the better side but once again they wasted many chances to put the game to bed and the result was up for grabs right to the final whistle.

Derek Daly scored the only goal of the game after twelve minutes and it should have been comfortable from then but failure to convert chances is becoming an issue for Rennie's side. Despite getting the ball to the end lines on numerous occasions the pull backs are not being converted. This has to change if the Blues are to get to the Premier Division next season because. Defensively the team is best of class but Cobh have found the net far more often with less resources up from. True, Mark O'Sullivan was rested on the bench after his injury last week but it happens when he leads the line also.

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Kenny Browne made a surprise return to the line up and despite lack of match fitness his presence counted in the absence of Dave Mulcahy. The Blues were solid right across the back line and another clean sheet, the 11th competitive clean sheet of the season so far, was very welcome. 

Derek Daly was pushed forward to the left flank and gave an excellent all round performance apart from scoring the only goal. Anthony McAlavey was busy for the full ninety minutes and David McDaid worked his socks off. 

The highlight of the match was the debut by John Martin who really caught the eye with a super display. When a game this young man had. He was full of confidence, well beyond his years and not a little skill also. Take a bow young man! 

Dean Walsh also caught the eye when came on late in the came for Davie McDaid.

Conditions were perfect and the RSC was looking great but the attendance was probably less than expected on such a fine night. Attendances appear to have levelled in recent weeks. 

The match officials behaved themselves.

Next week the big one.....Cobh away. Garry Comerford will available again and a large travelling contingent of Blues will make the trip in the hope of opening the gap at the top of the league. Don't miss it.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Conor Whittle, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne, Kenny McEvoy, John Martin, Shane O'Connor, Derek Daly, Anthony McAlavey, David McDaid (Dean Walsh 75'). Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Mark O'Sullivan, Jack Lynch, Owen Wall, Tunmise Sobowale, Darryl Walsh,


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