Friday 17 August 2018

Kasmi brace gets Blues back on track

Waterford 3-0 Bray Wanderers

Waterford maintained their 100 per cent home record (stock photo)
Waterford maintained their 100 per cent home record (stock photo) Sportsdesk

Faysel Kasmi's double at the RSC last night helped Waterford maintain their 100 per cent home record and condemn basement side Bray back to losing ways.

Following two successive defeats, and four red cards, the Blues needed a win to resume their title prospects.

Although they struggled in the first half, once Kasmi got the breakthrough eight minutes after the break, Waterford's class against the league's bottom side shone.

Derek Daly added a second goal before the Belgian notched his second of the game in stoppage-time.

Fresh from their first victory in 10 matches over Shamrock Rovers, Bray were desperately unlucky not to be ahead at the break as they fashioned three clear-cut first-half chances to forge in front.

Ronan Coughlan was the chief culprit in spurning a sitter on the half hour by tapping wide with the goal at his mercy.

After Izzy Akinade struck the post for Waterford on either side of the break, they upped the tempo to break the deadlock.

Kasmi curled his left-footed shot beyond Aaron Dillon after his first effort was blocked by Hugh Douglas.

The Belgian also played a part in the second goal nine minutes from the end by teeing up Daly to find the net with a deflected shot.

He then lashed a great chance wide but atoned in stoppage time by drilling another of his pinpoint efforts into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

WATERFORD - Vigouroux; J Kavanagh (Walsh 82), Webster, Browne, Daly; Keegan; Akinade, Comerford, Kasmi; J Martin (Barnett 76), Duffus (O'Halloran 81).

BRAY WANDERERS - Dillon; McKenna, Douglas, Kenna, Lynch; Galvin, O'Conor, Gorman (Heaney 60), J Kelly (D Kelly 60); McCabe; Coughlan.

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork)

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