Saturday 1st September 2007, 12:41 am
31st August 2007
St. Patrick's Athletic 4
Keith Fahey 9
Mark Quigley 38
Keith Barker 82, 86
Waterford United 1
Robbie Hedderman 50
Referee : Derek Tomney
Saint Patrick's Athletic picked up a hugely significant win against Waterford United at Richmond Park on Friday night. The Saints ran out 4-1 winners to move level on points with second placed Shamrock Rovers and leave Waterford in real relegation jeopardy - just one point ahead of bottom side Longford.
With the Saints in very shaky form of late, Keith Fahey gave them the perfect start as he lashed home a long range shot after less than ten minutes to give them the lead. Fahey fired over the stranded Dean Delaney from around thirty yards out.
David Breen might have grabbed an immediate leveller for the visitors but headed over from a good position.
St. Pats went 2-0 up on 38 minutes after Joseph Ndo had sliced open the Waterford defence with a through ball to Mark Quigley. Quigley's thirteenth league goal of the season came as he fired low past Delaney and Quigley (along with Longford's Dave Mooney) now trails Roy O'Donovan's league tally by just one.
Half-time substitute Robbie Hedderman gave Waterford some hope as he headed home from Dave Warren's cross five minutes into the second half. It was just what the Saints and manager John McDonnell didn't need given their current fragile state.
The loss of Quigley to injury didn't help and the game remained tight until the closing ten minutes.
Transfer window signing Keith Barker helped himself to a double to take the pressure off the home side in the dying minutes. Barker's first came only seconds after his arrival as he got in on Fahey's cross. His second came on 86 minutes with Michael Keane this time creating the chance.
Pats will be relieved to have returned to winning ways and with Shamrock Rovers losing on Friday night too, the race for at least second in the table is back on.
St. Patrick's Athletic : Ryan, Gibson, Frost, Rogers, Paisley, Kirby, Fahey, Ndo, Keane (Murphy 86), Fitzpatrick (Barker 80), Quigley (O'Neill 60).
Waterford United : Delaney, Flynn, Kearney, Brosnan, Breen, Scully (Lordan 60), Warren, McCarthy, Sullivan, Keating (Hedderman 46), Birmingham (Kiely 56).