Match Preview: Waterford v Longford Town

By @CraigOSul1

Waterford welcome Longford to the RSC tonight. Which will be the second meeting between the sides this year with the first meeting ending a scoreless draw.

Off the field Waterford continue to make great strides this year having this week announced a new partnership with local college, Waterford Institute of Technology. Director of Football Pat Felon announced this week that Waterford have agreed a two-year deal with the W.I.T college in Waterford. The deal consists of all Waterford FC teams using the state of the art facility throughout the coming years.

On the field Waterford continued their great run of form coming away from Ferrycarrig with all three points in the last league outing. Waterford are now unbeaten in 11 league games following the 1-0 win over Wexford. The game may not have been what was expected from the big travelling support but Derek Daly’s goal ensured the Waterford fans went home the happier of the two sets of supports. The game consisted of few chances but both sides had a disallowed goal. A negative for Waterford is that another two players are added to ever growing injury list. Club captain David Mulcahy is expected to miss the game and star man Mark O’Sullivan is also rated 50/50 having suffered a knock in the league outing in Wexford. In recent weeks Waterford did receive some good news as head coach Alan Reynolds is back in the dugout.

Longford go into the game off the back of another loss. At one stage Longford were the bookmakers favourites for first division title but they are yet to live up to those expectations. On paper Longford’s squad is up there as one of the best in the division, but Alan Matthews side have been hugely disappointing this season, to the extent just over 200 fans showed up for their most recent home game. Longford now find themselves over ten points behind table-toppers Waterford. Longford’s promotion hopes look to be over for this year.

Waterford see this as a massive game and have been promoting the game hugely throughout the week. Waterford are hopeful the largest attendance of the season to date will be at the RSC Friday to cheer on the injury hit side.

Going into the season everyone would have looked to this game as a huge top of the table clash, but following Longford’s results in the opening 12 games it is far from that. Although the result will certainly play a big part in the promotion race. This is certainly shaping up to be Waterford’s biggest game in recent times and a big crowd is expected at the RSC.

Last Five Competitive Meetings

Longford Town 0-0 Waterford FC

Waterford FC 0-2 Longford Town (FAI Cup)

Waterford FC 2-1 Longford Town

Waterford FC 0-2 Longford Town

Longford Town 3-1 Waterford FC

Waterford FC

Recent Fixtures

Wexford 0-1 Waterford FC

Waterford FC 1-0 Shelbourne

Dundalk 3-0 Waterford FC (EA Sports Cup)

Waterford FC 1-1 UCD

Cabinteely 0-0 Waterford FC

Top Scorers

Mark O Sullivan – 5 goals

David McDaid – 4 goals

Patrick McClean – 2 goals

Key Players

David McDaid – The Derry native will be relied on hugely in this meeting. As strike partner Mark O’Sullivan is set the miss the game McDaid could be the most senior player in the team. McDaid is also Waterford’s top scorer in all competitions. Waterford will be hoping the Derryman will be in top form for this fixture.

Patrick McClean – McClean has become a fan favourite among the Blues faithful having arrived from Derry in the off-season. A big game will be expected from a player who plays with a lot of passion, Patrick is expected to lead the line for this meeting. McClean has been a hugely influential player in Waterford’s good form of late especially in the absence of defensive partner Kenny Browne.

Longford Town

Recent Fixtures

Longford Town 0-1 UCD

Cabinteely 0-0 Longford Town

Shamrock Rovers 1-0 Longford Town (EA Sports)

Longford Town 3-1 Athlone

Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town

Top Scorers

Evan Curran – 5 goals

David O’Sullivan – 3 goals

Cody Mulhall & Kevin O’Connor – 1 goal

Key Players

David O’Sullivan – O’Sullivan has become a legend at the City Calling Stadium for his goal scoring ability among Longford fans. O’Sullivan is Longford’s key main in front of goal, “Sully” scored a hat-trick against fellow midland rivals Athlone Town this season on two occasions, once in the league, and the cup. O’Sullivan played a pivotal part in Longford’s first division winning side a couple of years ago. Longford will be hoping can lead them back into the promotion race.

Kevin O’Connor – The Former Bray Wanderers man brings a lot of experience to the side. O’Connor was also part of the Longford promotion side a couple of years ago. The experienced league of Ireland man is a key man in the Longford midfield. Longford will be hoping his experience shines when they travel to Waterford in hope of getting their season back on track.

Waterford FC

Injured: Ian McLoughlin, Kenny Browne, Sander Puri and Dean O’Halloran

Doubtful: David Mulcahy and Mark O’Sullivan

Suspended: Garry Comerford

Longford Town

Injured: none

Doubtful: Enda Curran

Suspended: None

Match Officials

Referee: John McLoughlin

Assistants: Alan Dunne & Shane O’Brien

Fourth Official: Eoghan O’Shea

Match Prediction

Waterford FC 2-1 Longford FC

 

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