Friday 27 April 2018

Waterford see off Derry to mark Premier Division return with a win

Waterford United 2 Derry City 1

16 February 2018; Gavan Holohan of Waterford FC celebrates after scoring his side's first and equalising goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford FC and Derry City at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
16 February 2018; Gavan Holohan of Waterford FC celebrates after scoring his side's first and equalising goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford FC and Derry City at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Dean O'Halloran became a local Waterford hero last night by crowing their return to the Premier Division after 10 years with a late winner.

On a horrible, wet evening in south-east, Gavan Holohan cancelled out Armin Aganovic’s 19th opener with a ferocious equaliser before O’Halloran completed the comeback 13 minutes from time.

Aaron McEneff’s free-kicks played a big part in Derry finishing fourth last season and another of his deliveries from the left caught Waterford out to allow Aganovic nod in a free header at the back post.

The concession sparked a turgid Waterford into life and after blazing over from a good position, Holohan was more clinical two minutes before the interval with a superb equaliser.

When Rory Feely and Bastien Héry combined on the right to find Holohan on the right, he still had work to do but he fired his shot beneath Ger Doherty and into the net.

Waterford were the only attacking force in the second half and their endeavours were rewarded with a stellar team goal.

Stanley Aborah sprung Derry’s defence wide open by freeing Comerford down the left with a cheeky back-heel and his low cross was forced home from close-range by O’Halloran.

WATERFORD - Corbet; Feely, Browne, Webster, Comerford; Keegan; Hery, Holohan, Aborah (Barnett 80); Ikinade, O’Halloran (Walsh 90).

DERRY CITY - G Doherty; McDermott (Kayode 81), Cole, Aganovic, B Doherty; Low, McEneff; McDonagh (Curtis 55), Rory Hale, Ronan Hale (Boyle 85); Patterson.

Referee: R Hennessy (Limerick)

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