Waterford condemn UCD to a ninth defeat on the bounce
Waterford 1 UCD 0
Zack Elbouzedi’s first-half winner gave Waterford a precious victory and condemned basement battlers UCD to their ninth league defeat on the spin.
After Sean McDonald spurned a couple of early chances for the Students, Waterford took control.
Slow as they were to start motoring, a strong final 15 minutes of the first half proved the winning of the game.
Bastien Héry woke the quiet crowd on the half-hour by pouncing on a loose pass to bear down on goal.
His shot carried the power but Josh Collins darted across to deflect the rising effort over the crossbar.
All the pressure soon told. Smart build-up play down the right between Kevin Feely and Galvin looked to have come to nothing until the deflected cross fell at the feet of Elbouzedi.
His low volley fizzed beyond his Ireland U-21 colleague Conor Kearns and into the bottom corner.
WATERFORD – M Connor; R Feely, D Delaney, M Kouogun, G Poynton; K Chvedukas (S Griffin 89), JJ Lunney; C Galvin (I Akinade 67), B Héry, Z Elbouzedi (S Twine 84); A Drinan.
UCD – C Kearns; E Farrell, L Scales, J Collins; N Farrugia, C Davis (Y Mahdy 76), P Doyle (D Bishop 87), G O’Neill, R O’Farrell; J McClelland (D Keane 87), S McDonald.
Ref – R Hennessey (Limerick).