Monday, July 10, 2017
Blues 2, Wexford FC 1 (7/7/17, RSC, Waterford)
The Blues made hard work of this win, despite dominating the opposition in every area from start to finish. Failure to convert chances has been a worrying trend from the start of the season and it could still hurt the Blues despite the fact that results elsewhere increased the gap between them and the two chasers - UCD and Cobh.
Conditions at the RSC were perfect. The attendance was just over 1,500 and to be sure they were well entertained by the Blues. However it must be said that Wexford were very, very poor.
Derek Daly was the stand out with a wonderful display of wing play. He could not be marked and was a non-stop threat for the visitors down the left flank. he got into the box numerous times and could have scored a couple but it was the ease with which he got to the byline to put in his crosses that really caught the eye. Great outing....take a bow young man!
To be honest no Blues' player came under pressure but the marksmen really have to get their act together - two goals from this game was simply not good enough. A finishing margin of five or six would not have flattered.
Great to see Dean O'Halloran back on the field....as good as a new signing and brownie points to Sean Heaney who made his debut after his loan signing from the Shams in Dublin.....very impressive. He defended well when required and got forward well whenever the opportunity arose.
David McDaid caught the eye when he came on just after the break and he brought the extra bit of zip required. John Martin was back to his cheeky and skillful best. He won the game changing penalty with a fine run into the Wexford box.
Longford away next weekend and after that five of the remaining games are at the RSC.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle (Robin Dempsey 90+1'), Dean Heaney, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Shane O'Connor, Garry Comerford (David McDaid 46'), Anthony McAlavey, Derek Daly, John Martin, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean O'Halloran 86'). Unused subs: Ian McLoughlin, Gary Delaney, Dean Walsh, Jack Lynch.