Waterford FC still remain in pole position at the summit of the SSE Airtricity League First Division table despite being held to a 1-1 draw against Cabinteely at Stradbrook on Friday last but it’s a point that coach Alan Reynolds was happy to take at the final whistle.
Speaking after the game, Reynolds said, “We’ll take a point at this stage but I think that we could have played a bit better. I didn’t think that we started the game well and I thought the goal was coming when they scored. I also thought that the goal was coming when we scored as well.
“The second-half was very scrappy and when they went down to ten men, Dean Walsh had a great chance to win the game for us but he was just a bit unfortunate and unlucky. His all-round play before that was good besides that.
“When they went down to ten men I think that we could have put them under a bit more pressure but look it’s a point. They are a decent side and their form is alright at the minute so we just have to take it and move onto next week.”
“Cabinteely work really hard to be fair to them and they don’t give away anything. They compete for everything and they have a team of young lads. When you look at their defenders, they are all six foot plus and they have the threat of Marty Waters up front which we spoke about but he is just a good player.
“I’m not surprised that Paddy Barrett slotted in well for us tonight. He got 90 minutes under his belt because he hasn’t played too many 90 minutes so that will stand to him. We’ll get McDaid, Browne and McAlavey back for next week so that will freshen it up to give us more options.
“It was good to give Aaron Drinan a bit of game time as well. He has impressed us this week in training and has looked really sharp. It will take time for him to settle with ourselves but I think that he is definitely a player for the future.
“We just have to look forward to the cup match now next week. It’s going to be a test against Shelbourne. I watched them last week and they drew with UCD tonight. They are a decent side as well. They are physical, strong and experienced side but I’m glad to be at home against them.
“Obviously it’s plain to see that we play better at home so thankfully for the next three weeks we’re at home and we’ll be hoping that we can go and get three wins.”