A goal nineteen minutes into the game from striker Mark O’Sullivan, his fifth goal of the season, gave Waterford a 1-0 win over Shelbourne as the Blues went back to the summit of the First Division.
The win extends Waterford’s unbeaten league run to ten games, the only blemish is the opening day defeat to Athlone Town.
Waterford captain Dave Mulcahy spoke to the club’s new website waterfordfc.ie after the win.
He said, “To be fair to Owen Heary he had Shelbourne well set up. They are a typical First Division team who work really hard for each other, press teams and give their opposition very little time to play football.”
“It was always going to be hard against a very physical direct team, and they had our backs up against the wall in the first half playing into the wind, before Marky (O’Sullivan) came up trumps with the goal. The timing was important as it gave us a lift and got us through the half.”
Here is Mark O’Sullivan’s goal;
He also spoke about the club’s mounting injury list, especially in defence, “The defence has been absolutely decimated, and after the Dundalk game on Monday you could see tonight we were very leggy with some tired bodies out there. It took a lot out of us to play two games in five days, especially with it being very hot on Monday as well against a good team.”
“With the injury problems we had, we had to play a strong side midweek and have a go.”
“Unfortunately with the way the game went we couldn’t utilise our Under 19 players from the bench, so we were a bit leggy tonight, but we got through it which was the main thing and go back top of the table.”
Mulcahy thinks it’s just a matter of time before they win a game with a wide margin saying, “I hope we can put a score on a team given the chances we are creating, who knows it might happen next week against Wexford. We’ll hopefully have fresher bodies with no midweek game, and get the necessary rest this week then be raring to go again on Friday night.”