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Waterford FC’s David McDaid celebrates with Tom Smith after his second goal against Cabinteely at the RSC on Friday night last. Photo: Noel Browne.
The rain didn’t ruin the first Waterford FC home game of the 2017 SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division season as a brace from David McDaid and a stunning Anthony McAlavey strike were good enough to give the Blues a deserved 3-0 success in front of a home crowd of over 1,300.
With a massive crowd turning up to see the new squad in action, they would have left the RSC very pleased with the performance on show as Waterford played some excellent football at times but there will be certainly room for improvement.
Speaking after the game, two-goal hero McDaid said, “It was important after last week that we got three points here tonight. We didn’t play too well last week and we didn’t get any points. We played slightly better tonight and more important, is the three points.
“It was vital for the fans as well because it wasn’t good last week. With the floodlights going out and the result as well, it was important that we made up for that tonight here in front of our home fans and we’re delighted to get the win.
“I have to say that the pitch was very good considering the amount of rain that fell during the day and during the game but it didn’t impact on our passing game. We have been working hard on trying to play football so fortunately for us tonight it came off.”
“Obviously last week in Athlone, the pitch was very heavy and it just didn’t suit our style of play but I think that people saw the difference here tonight. We played some good football at times but we know that there is room for improvement.
“I think as well it was a wake-up call for some of the players in our squad coming back from England because there are going to be weeks in the League of Ireland where you’re going to have to adapt to certain situations but we need to move on from that now and look forward to the next one.
“We need to dig in at times and not always play pretty so it was an eye opener for some of the lads last week but I think that you saw tonight that we’ve responded and the result is the crucial things for the club right now.
On his own move to the club, McDaid said, “I took a chance coming down here to be honest because I have a young family and I’m due another child soon. But it’s been great and I’ve settled in well. The boys have made me feel welcome especially the management.
“We need to now focus on the next game against UCD and on things that we can improve on. UCD have got off to a good start and they always had good players over the years but we need to concentrate on our game and move onto next Friday now.”