EA Sports Cup
Waterford United -2
Avondale United were unable to give Waterford United the EA Sports Cup blues in the RSC on Monday night despite taking an early lead.
Graham McCarthy put the Munster Senior League champions a goal to the good after just nine minutes, but ‘The Blues’ responded via Shaun Corcoran and Paddy Barrett to progress in the League Cup.
Just five minutes after Avondale keeper Jason Greene had denied Willie John Kiely with a fine save late call up Kevin Burns pounced on a clever back heel by former Waterford player Dave Warren to fire home from 10 yards.
The lead last just two minutes, however as Paddy Barrett headed home a Stephen Kenny cross.
A Drohan block and another Greene save ensured the scores remained level, but as half time approached the League of Ireland outfit produced a real moment of class to go a goal ahead. Shaun Corcoran fired into the top corner from 25 yards leaving Greene with no hope.
Declan Cahill then forced Kevin Burns into a save before Dave Warren flashed an effort wide as the visitors attempted a response.
Waterford had chances after the turn, but Graham McCarthy came close to equalising only to be denied by Burns as ‘Dale won plaudits for their efforts, but didn’t win the match.
Waterford United: Kevin Burns, Thomas Whitty, Paddy Barrett, Patrick Fitzgerald, Shaun Corcoran, Stephen Kenny (Paul Quilty 68), Conor Coad, Thomas Croke, Philip Drohan (Jack Doherty 83); Willie John Kiely (Vinny Sullivan 68), Kynan Rocks.
Avondale United: Jason Greene, Michael Mulconry, Greg Kelly (Eoin Lockheed 80), Dave Kiely, Declan Cahill, Roy Long, Graham McCarthy, Kenny Murphy, Ray Lally, Dave Warren (Ian Stapleton 66), Danny Long (Brian Murphy 66).