The Blues team that defeated Bray Wanderers at the RSC on Friday night in front of over 2,300 supporters. Next up are Galway United tomorrow night. Photos: Noel Browne.
SSE Airtricity First Division Preview
Friday, March 4
Galway United v Waterford FC
Referee: Alan Patchell
Live on LOITV.ie
Waterford FC will be looking to make it an opening three wins in succession in the SSE Airtricity First Diviison when they renew rivalry with Galway United for the first time since 2014 at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night with a 7.45pm kick-off.
After a narrow win over Bray Wanderers at the RSC on Friday last thanks to a lone goal from striker Louis Britton, Blues boss Ian Morris will be hoping for a similar result, but an improved performance against John Caulfield’s men.
The Tribesmen began their League of Ireland campaign last weekend when they opened with a win away to Cork City with former City player Ed McCarthy notching the winner for a Galway side that finished the game with ten men.
With Waterford having high hopes of lifting the title this season, it’s a big ten days ahead for Morris’s men as they face South East neighbours Wexford FC the following Friday before a trip to Cork City on Monday, March 14.
Following a cracking result in their first away game on the opening night of the season when hammering Athlone Town 5-2, the Blues will be just looking for another positive result on the road against tricky opposition.
Galway are expected to be one of the teams that will be hoping to upset the Waterford apple cart in this early season opener, and playing in front of their home fans on the back of Friday’s win on Leeside will give them hope of getting a result.
For the Blues, they know that there is undoubtedly room for improvement after the win over Bray where they failed to really play with the same fluency like Athlone, but at this early stage of the season, it’s all about results.
Looking ahead to Friday’s game, Blues boss Ian Morris said, “It’s going to be a tough game for us because Galway are always a very difficult outfit to play. They are a very physical side, and they picked up a very good win against Cork.
“It was their first game of the season so they’ll be looking to kick on from that result so we have to be wary of that challenge. The big thing is that they’ll be looking to grab points back on everyone so we have to be ready for it.
“We’ll prepare properly for that game, but we know they are a big physical side that will really work us hard as well. They’ve got goals all over the pitch aswell so we have to be mindful of that when we play them.
“They’ll be similar in terms of setting up set pieces, and long throws. We’ve got to be prepared for that side of the game. I feel that we’ve got to be more ruthless up top. As I said we’ll take confidence from the win on Friday because we had to really dig in to get the result.”
Waterford FC’s Louis Britton wheels away after scoring the only goal of the game against Bray. He’ll be hoping to add to his tally on Friday night.