Monday 19 March 2018

Breen penalty proves crucial

DAVID Breen's thunderous penalty kick late in the first half steered Waterford United past the challenge of Munster Senior League side Everton.

Gary Dempsey had watched his spot-kick saved by the superb Shane Sherlock in the Everton goal with just 21 minutes gone, after Willie Byrnes brought down Sean Maguire in the box.

And when referee Jim McKell awarded a second penalty to the visitors following a tussle between Christy Byrnes and Seamus Long on the edge of the area after 37 minutes, Breen took on spot-kick duties and stepped up to blast to the roof of the net.

Byrnes was booked for his challenge on Long and then received his marching orders immediately after the penalty for dissent.

Sherlock produced top-quality saves to deny Dempsey and Paul Phelan, while Everton's best chance arrived from the hard-working David Welch in the 47th minute when he broke clear, rounded Waterford 'keeper Packie Holden only to strike an upright while off balance.

EVERTON -- Sherlock; McGrath (O'Connell 36), C Byrnes, W Byrnes, Horan; Welch, K O'Sullivan, Daly (G O'Sullivan 67), Fitzpatrick, White; Long.

WATERFORD UNITED -- Holden; White, Burns, Breen, Long; Dempsey; Phelan (Keane 74), Maguire, Higgins, Ryan; Keegan (Walsh 60).

REF -- J McKell (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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