Man of the Match, Waterford FC’s Mark O’Sullivan pictured receiving his award from sponsor Jean Cusack, Icon Travel and Emmet Cusack. Photo: Noel Browne.
An exhausted Mark O’Sullivan left the RSC on Friday night with a smile on his face as the centre forward scored the two goals that continued to see Waterford FC top the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division table after recording a 2-1 victory over Athlone Town.
Speaking after the game, the man of the match said, “it was a tough game for us tonight and we’re just delighted to get the win. It was a great to get the two goals but we must look forward to the next game against Cabinteely which is going to be another hard game for us.”
GREAT TO WIN
“I thought for the second goal that I scored tonight that it was a penalty because I was fouled but the referee played a good advantage for me to hit it in so I was lucky with that one. The Athlone Town keeper made a great save to deny me the hat-trick.
“Looking at the size of him I’m not surprised because I think any other keeper in the league and it’s a goal. He got a great hand to it so in fairness it was a great save from him. I thought that it was buried really so it was a pity not to get the third goal.
“The atmosphere tonight was fantastic. The fans down here are brilliant and they really get behind us. I’m happy to be down here in Waterford and I’m enjoying it. It’s all about winning and we’re delighted to be winning. We’re top of the table and things are going well for us.
“I didn’t think that Athlone Town were bad tonight. Every game is tough against them especially away from home. Once they got a goal tonight, their tails were up so that made it difficult for us because they looked strong. They also missed a penalty when the game was there to be won.”
“Matthew Connor has done really well for us since Ian McLoughlin got injured and he made a great save from the penalty. He is a good young lad that’s doing well since he has gotten his chance so that will be a massive confidence boost for him.
“I’m enjoying it here in Waterford but it’s tough at times because of the travelling. I have good days and bad days because I’m working in the building every day so sometimes it can take its toll physically on me but I’m happy here. The lads are a nice bunch of lads and the management are top class.
“I’m just happy as well that Davy McDaid’s suspension is over now because I’m missing him. We understand each other a lot and we have a good partnership going. He is a very good player and I think we work well together so it will be good to have him back for the next game.
“It’s good for the club with what’s going on here at Waterford at the moment but we need to go up to the Premier League. A result like tonight is exactly what we need. We had to grind another result but we can now focussed on the next match which is a tough trip to Cabinteely next Friday night.”