Cork City 0 -
Waterford FC 0
Waterford FC manager, Franny Rockett, had to be happy with a point for his side on their visit to Leeside. Photo: Noel Browne.
SSE Airtricity Premier Division
Waterford FC were counting their lucky stars as they held out for a scoreless draw against Cork City in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division after the home piled pressure on the Blues defence in the second-half with two big refereeing decisions going Fran Rockett side’s way.
Cian Coleman had a goal ruled out on 75 minutes when referee Ben Connolly spotted a harsh foul in the area after the substitute powered a header to the net before the official waved away strong penalty appeals after Jake Davidson’s handball in the area.
That said Daryl Murphy, who replaced striker Kurtis Byrne on 58 minutes, had two big chances to win the game for the Blues, but the former Republic of Ireland International was denied by a combination of both Liam Bossin and the Cork defence.
It was Dylan McGlade that had the best two chances for the first-half for Cork City, the first on 11 minutes that saw Deshane Dalling turned provider for the former on the left-side of the area before his shot was straight at Brian Murphy.
Waterford’s lone first half chance gave through Kurtis Byrne on 38 minutes when he spotted keeper Liam Bossin, but he failed to the hit the target with an ambitious effort. The best of the second-half chances fell to the hosts with Dalling forcing Murphy in a smart stop on 66 minutes.
McGlade was then denied by an outstanding Brian Murphy save on 72 minutes when the keeper somehow tipped the ball over the bar and from the resulting Kevin O’Connor corner kick, Coleman headed home, but a delayed blow of the whistle saw the goal ruled out.
Daryl Murphy could have won the game for Waterford with two big chances in the final minutes, the first blocked by the legs of keeper Liam Bossin before the latter showed his class in second half injury time to save point blank from the Blues striker as both sides had to settle for a point.
- Full report, reaction and analysis in Tuesday’s Waterford News & Star.