County pluck defeat from the jaws of victory
Waterford United 3 Kildare County 2
After bossing the game for long periods, particularly in the first half and twice leading their hosts, County once again conceded a late-late goal to come away from the Regional Sports Centre pointless. It all added up to another frustrating night for the travelling fans as they considered what might have been on the long trip home.
The home side were at sixes and sevens in the first half with County creating several good chances. The first win of the season seemed to be a real possibility for John Ryan’s side when Paul Donnolly met a weak Waterford clearance and sent a 25 yard volley past stranded keeper Packie Holden on the half hour. Kildare continued to create chances, the best being when Philly Gorman’s back post header, just before the break was just the wrong side of the post.
Both sides continued to play good football on the much maligned RSC surface with Waterford having a brief spell of dominance early in the second half. The visitors seemed to have regained control but in the fifty-eight minute United won a free about 25 yards out and on their right. Kenny Brown sneaked in at the back to head Michael Foley’s perfectly floated free to Charlie Treacy’s net.
Kildare were not knocked out of their stride by this setback and they were in front for the second time seven minutes later when a County corner caused mayhem in the home defence and Cathal Brady beat Holden from twelve yards.
With just six minutes remaining Waterford levelled again and it was the same combination that did the damage, Kenny Browne heading home another excellent Foley free. Even though most County fans would be disappointed with the draw against a side that have only been beaten once this season – and that by leaders Dundalk- worse was to follow.
For the second week in a row the Thoroughbreds conceded a goal in time added on when Vinnie Sullivan controlled David Breen’s ball over the top on his chest and blasted a heartbreaking winner past keeper Treacy. Unfortunately there are no points for good displays and County remain at the foot of the table.
Waterford United: Holden, Quigley, Clarke, Breen, Browne, Warren, McCarty (Dunphy 81), Bermingham ( Mulcahy 74), Sullivan, Kiely, Foley (Waters 90).
Kildare County: Treacy, Fortune, Broderick (Harte 56), Roche, Clancy (Slattery 88), Donnelly, Brophy, Clarke, Gorman, Brady, Kilduff (Robinson 70)
Referee: M Gough (Limerick)
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