Shane O’Connor picks up his Man of the Match award form Match Sponsor, Chris Smyth, Perennial Freight. Photo: Noel Browne.
Airtricity League of Ireland First Division – Waterford FC v Wexford FC: Reaction: Shane O’Connor
A massive home following of 1,508 saw Waterford FC move six points clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity League First Division as second-half goals from David McDaid and Mark O’Sullivan saw the Blues come from a goal to defeat Wexford FC at the RSC.
Speaking after the game the sponsors man of the match Shane O’Connor said, “I thought that we made life difficult for ourselves tonight after going a goal down especially after dominating the first-half. We probably didn’t create chances but we were well on top.
“I think that we were in control of the game but they caught us on the break before half-time which is a little disappointing from our perspective. I thought that it was a goal of our own making for them but we showed character to comeback.
“It was the one second-half from us that was very, very good. We got the goal from the penalty early in the half that really settled us down. John Martin did well to win it and Davy McDaid was ice cool in the finish.
“In the second-half, I feel that in all honesty we could have scored six or seven goals but on the flip side, we were nearly caught at the end because Wexford did have a chance but we stood firm and it’s a massive three points for us.
“I think that overall, we didn’t win in the last two weeks so it was important that we got back to winning ways in front of another massive crowd that were really behind us again. There is still a fair bit to go in the league but tonight is a good night and it’s great to be six points clear.
“The other results in the division have gone our way tonight so it’s good to have that little cushion back in our favour. We have Cobh and UCD coming up at home so these are going to be absolutely massive games for us.
Reflecting on the game O’Connor said, “in all honesty I couldn’t believe they scored because all first half, I don’t think they touched our box. They did show that bit of quality that we didn’t do in the first half and punished us.
“We responded well and the talk at half-time was very good. We needed to believe in ourselves that we were going to get the chance and we did. I thought in the second-half that we really did cut them up that little bit more and were really good.
“John (Martin) and Derek (Daly) were very good in their runs forward and John won us the penalty. Derek put in a brilliant delivery for the winner from Marky and he also put in two other dangerous balls that we should have finished.
“I think that when you look at our squad is full of quality and it’s games like this that shows character when you are going to try win promotion. We have developed a cushion a couple of times this season but we have tried our best to give it back to teams.
“Hopefully we can hold onto it a bit now. The game against Longford will be tough and we could have won the last time we were up there as we missed a penalty and also had a player sent off which wasn’t ideal.
“Longford have got a new lease of life lately and have picked up a few points but hopefully we can bring our second half performance to the table next week and win another three points to help us get where we want to be.”