Waterford gain revenge on St Patrick's Athletic over Europa League controversy
St Patrick's Athletic 0 Waterford 3
HAVING had their Europa League place given to St Patrick’s amid considerable rancour last month, goals from Ismahil Akinade, Zack Elbouzedi and Aaron Drinan gave Waterford some consolation with the deserved three points at Richmond Park tonight.
St Pat’s shaded a tight opening and would have been ahead but for a stunning save by Waterford keeper Matt Connor from Ian Bermingham 19 minutes in.
Republic of Ireland under-21 international striker Drinan was proving a handful for the home defence, getting the better of Dave Webster only not to be awarded a free kick for what looked a fairly blatant obstruction. Drinan should then have given his side the lead on the half hour when he did elude the St Pat’s defence only to scuff his shot wide.
That led to Waterford enjoying their best spell of possession in the first half as St Pat’s laboured to regain their early initiative.
Waterford made two changes just before the hour that changed the game as both were involved in their opening goal on 63 minutes. Elbouzedi’s ball was cleverly flicked through by Karolis Chvedukas for Akinade who confidently drilled his right-foot shot past Clarke.
Another well-worked move breached the St Pat’s defence six minutes later.
This time Cory Galvin threaded Elbouzedi through and the Ireland under-21 winger found the net with a composed finish.
St Pat’s were inches from getting a goal back on 74 minutes.
Gary Shaw’s shot was parried by Connor with defender Rory Feely’s attempted clearance hitting a post before being cleared.
Waterford then soaked up St Pat’s late pressure to strike for their third goal on the counter-attack with Drinan finishing well with a low drive on 88 minutes.
St Patrick’s ATHLETIC – Clarke; Webster, Kelly, Desmond; Madden, Markey (Doona, 71), Lennon, Clifford, Bermingham (Walker, 80); Forrester (Shaw, 61), Drennan.
Waterford – Connor; Simpson (Akinade, 60), Feely, Delaney, Poynton; Galvin (Twine, 89), Lunney, Duggan, Elbouzedi; Martin (Chvedukas, 57); Drinan.
Ref – Ray Matthews (Longford)