Thursday, March 16, 2023

Brian Looby looks set to miss the game through injury. 

Saturday Next – Lemybrien 5pm. Allianz N.F.L. Div 4 Waterford v London

Waterford Footballers move to Lemybrien for the first time in the current National League on Saturday next where they will face the side one place above them in the Division 4 table in a tie that will decide 32nd place in the Allianz Football League.
At the end of last year’s league Waterford were also rooted at the bottom of the table on a single point secured against Tipperary in their opening game but hardly deserved to be there given they had lost some very close games by a single point against good opposition while London ended the season mid-table having secured three victories.
This year it is a different story to some extent. Waterford, for all their efforts, have not come close to winning any game while London go into Saturday’s match also seeking a first victory having drawn their opening game away to Carlow. Waterford will go into Saturday’s match mindful of the meeting between the sides in Ruislip last year when Waterford lost out from a winning position by a single point in the closing stages.
Last time out against Laois Ephie Fitzgerald fielded seven of the side that faced London last year and is likely to have the same players on board again for this game as well as Conor Murray who missed the Laois game through suspension. There is no question but that this game provides Waterford with their best chance of ending a long losing sequence against a side to which they have always fared well. The Lemybrien venue should be an added advantage and hopefully playing in a football heartland will bring the supporters out to back the team.

The Waterford selectors will be looking for big performances from their best players such as Liam Fennell, Darach O Cathasaigh, Dermot Ryan, Michael Curry, Jason Curry, Darragh Corcoran and Michael Curry while Brian Looby is a likely absentee through injury.
A win on Saturday would be a big boost to those players involved who are giving everything in training and on the field. It would also encourage players who have stayed away to get involved for there are those out there who would be an addition to the squad but for whatever reasons chose not to be involved. Above all it would signal a move in the right direction for a management team that is putting everything into the job. It is up to the players to seize the opportunity.

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