Friday 16th March 2007, 9:45 pm
16th March 2007
St. Patrick's Athletic 3
Joseph Ndo 24
Anthony Murphy 37, 80
Waterford United 0
Saint Patrick's Athletic won for the fourth time in four competitive games tonight when they defeated Waterford United 3-0 at Richmond Park, Inchicore.
After the very brief appearance of Brian Kerr - the club's new director of football - the Saints took to the field and had the Blues on the back foot for almost the entire ninety minutes.
Waterford did create some early problems and forced goalkeeper Barry Ryan to save from Vinny Sullivan after Dave Warren crossed. It proved about as close as the visitors came to a goal all night.
John Frost had his old club's defence worried from a corner kick and almost hit the net directly in the tenth minute. Another of his corner kicks on 24 minutes produced the opening goal.
His set-piece wasn't cleared and Joseph Ndo popped up on the edge of the box to blast home the lead goal.
Gary O'Neill almost followed his ex Shels team-mate onto the score-sheet but couldn't get a shot from Keith Fahey's through ball.
Anthony Murphy grabbed his first of a double on 37 minutes as he finished low to the corner of the net after a surging run into the box.
Like O'Neill earlier, Alan Kirby looked in for a chance until he was crowded out by the men in blue.
It took Pats some time to create a clear-cut chance in the second half but they continued to dominate proceedings. Another Warren cross had Saints keeper Ryan worried but he was able to punch clear from one of only about three Waterford threats in the game.
Murphy looked in for his second just after the hour as he chased in behind a Waterford defence caught upfield. However, goalkeeper Packie Holden was off his line in an instant to block outside the box. The ever alert and creative Fahey tried to catch the keeper off his line but narrowly missed the target with a twenty-five yard lob.
O'Neill again got in as Waterford pushed forward but John Hayes got back to clear after the Saints striker had taken the ball past Holden.
Holden did his best to keep the score down and pulled off a spectacular full length save to deny Kirby after more pressure from the home side.
A rare attack for Waterford saw David Breen head the wrong side of the back post from Stephen Cooling deep free kick. A goal at that time might have asked some questions of the in-form Saints.
An emphatic Saints win was wrapped up on 80 minutes as Murphy stole in unmarked at the back post to head home from Fahey's cross.
Holden was forced to save again in the dying minutes as Kirby poked the ball goalwards from Mark Rooney's low cross.
Overall St. Pats had a relatively easy night, moving top of the eircom League Premier Division. Waterford were brought back down to earth following their opening win over Cork City but did come up against a squad which didn't even have a place for Stephen Paisley tonight.
St. Patrick's Athletic : Ryan, Brennan, C Foley, Maguire, Frost, Murphy (M Foley 81), Kirby (O'Connor 85), Fahey, Ndo, M Quigley (Rooney 66), O'Neill.
Waterford United : Holden, Flynn, Hayes, Keely, Breen, Mulcahy (Kavanagh 46), Cooling, McCarthy, Warren (McDonald 83), Sullivan, Harte.