Waterford claim crucial point against Derry City to ease drop fears
Waterford 1 Derry City 1
Waterford moved a point closer to safety by drawing against Derry City at the RSC last night.
Three points would have all but have secured the Blues’ safety in the top-flight but they were unable to build upon Michael O’Connor’s equaliser approaching the break.
That cancelled out Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe’s early opener but it was a night of frustration for both teams.
Shane Duggan spurned the best chance to nick it when the Waterford captain blazed over the crossbar in the final minute.
After five straight home defeats, Waterford once again made an abysmal start by falling behind just 11 minutes in.
When Barry McNamee saw his initial shot blocked, he teed it up for Ciaran Coll to swing in a cross from the left, where Blues goalkeeper Matt Connor completely misjudged the flight of the ball. It allowed Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe the simple task of chesting home.
City’s top scorer David Parkhouse was uncharacteristically wasteful just minutes later by firing wide.
Neither defence looked assured and Waterford took advantage to equalise two minutes before the break.
John Kavanagh did well to spot O’Connor lurking at the back post and the right-back’s cross enabled the Ireland U-21 striker to rise above Jamie McDonagh and head inside the post.
Although Connor saved from both Michael McCrudden and McNamee in the second half, it was the Blues who finished strongly. They’ll hope to bring that momentum into Monday’s trip to Cork City.
WATERFORD: M Connor; J Kavanagh, K Browne, M Kouogun, K Lynch; S Bone; S Duggan, G Poynton; Z Elbouzedi (D O’Halloran 71), W Figueria (W Fitzgerald 89); M O’Connor
DERRY CITY: P Cherrie; J McDonagh, E Toal, A Gilchrist, C Coll; G Bruna (J Malone 69), G Gilllespie; M McCrudden (A Delap 89), B McNamee, J Ogedi-Uzokwe (D McCauley 62); D Parkhouse.
Ref – N Doyle (Dublin)