Waterford FC midfielder can’t wait for Friday night’s massive showdown with Cobh Ramblers at the RSC. Photo: Noel Browne.
Waterford FC winger Derek Daly produced another excellent performance for the Blues in Saturday’s away trip to Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity League First Division and the youngster is really looking forward to what he thinks could be a league title decider against Cobh Ramblers at the RSC on this Friday night.
The Blues have twice beaten Cobh 2-1 at the South-East venue this season, once in the league and once in the EA Sports League Cup where Daly was on the scoresheet, before in their last league meeting at St. Colman’s Park, the sides played out a scoreless draw.
Friday’s game is a massive one in terms of the destination of the First Division title as the Blues are currently six points clear of Stephen Henderson’s men and victory in this fixture would see a nine-point gap with just seven games remaining in the title race.
The RSC has been a fortress this season with massive crowds turning up and this game should be another bumper attendance where supporters of both clubs are advised to purchase their tickets online at tickets.ie and to turn up early to avoid delays.
Speaking after the game in Longford, the left-winger said, “It’s a tough place to come and get a result so we’re delighted to be leaving with three points. The last time we were here it was a 0-0 draw and we missed a penalty so tonight it’s good to get the lucky break that has earned us the three points.
“We had to work hard for it. I thought that we played well in the first half and to be honest we had a couple of chances to score. We’ve had to grind a result out away from home again but it’s a massive three points for us ahead of the game against Cobh Ramblers in the league next Friday.
“It was a good result for us because they are an improved team. We got the luck with the goal but I think that they may have had a bit of luck themselves because I thought that the free kick that I had myself was behind the line. I thought that he clawed it from behind the line and the assistant referee wasn’t really in a good place.
“I suppose we did have luck on our side with the goal so I can’t really complain. It’s probably the bit of luck that we didn’t get in other games. I think that with hard work, luck comes along. We’re working really hard and you see that yourself.”
“We’re training hard and we’re working hard for each other. This is a big win for us because it was a massive weekend in the league. It was vital that we got the result up here and I think that’s what is going to really push us towards the league title.
“I think that when you look back on league winners, they always seem to have that bit of luck on their side and we got that with the goal tonight. The game against Cobh is a crucial game for us and in truth, it could be a league title decider. We need to be on it, we need to be on training and fully focussed for this massive battle.
“Our fans were great again tonight and they’ll be key at home next week. They’ve gotten right behind us and it’s great to be having fantastic support both home and away. I just hope that we can reward them with another home win next week.” And so say all of us.