Waterford Schoolboy League 3 -
Sligo/Leitrim Schoolboy League 0
The Waterford Kennedy Cup squad that beat Sligo/Leitrim this evening to qualify for the semi-final of the 2022 tournament at UL.
Kennedy Cup Quarter-final 2022
Goals from Mason Murphy, Finley Hughes and Noah O’Brien have ensured that Waterford will appear in a Kennedy Cup semi-final after a brilliant 3-0 win Sligo/Leitrim to keep the hopes of lifting a first title since 2003 alive.
Waterford got off to an explosive start when they took the lead on four minutes when Noah O’Brien sent over a free-kick from the left-side that picked out the run of Mason Murphy at the front post, and he touched a right-footed shot past keeper Ewan Boland.
It got even better for the young Blues side as they doubled their advantage on 12 minutes when Gavin Mitchell whipped over a left-wing corner-kick that saw Adam Dobbyn’s header come back off the post, and after Mitchell’s rebound was saved, Finley Hughes blasted home the loose ball.
A blistering start from Paul Cleary’s side nearly continued five minutes later when Gavin Mitchell picked out the run of Muhammad Oladiti with a right-wing cross, but the in-form midfielder saw his shot go inches over the crossbar.
After going close with a header on 20 minutes, Luke McCarthy had a chance to end a dominant Waterford first-half with a goal in injury-time when he got on the end of another Mitchell set-piece, but he shot straight at the keeper before the latter cracked a shot over seconds later.
Finley Hughes went close to grabbing his second goal of the game on 40 minutes when he took a pass from Gavin Mitchell after some good work from Paul Kiely, but his effort was deflected out for a corner-kick that saw Adam Dobbyn’s volley go inches over.
Noah O’Brien put the icing on the cake with a crucial third goal that secured a place in the semi-final when he took advantage of a mistake in the defence, and after his header was saved, he nipped in to score the rebound to an empty net.
Waterford will face the tournament favourites DDSL in the semi-final after they beat Midlands on penalties with the game to be played at 5pm tomorrow on pitch tw0.
Waterford goalscorers Mason Murphy, Noah O’Brien and Finley Hughes pictured after the game.