Waterford FC’s two goal hero Shane O’Connor runs at the Cobh defence in the first half. Photo: Noel Browne.
Waterford FC’s two-goal hero Shane O’Connor is convinced that the Blues will be crowned league champions with a “few games to spare” such is the way the squad are playing in the last few games after his side trounced Cobh Ramblers at the RSC in front of a strong 1,852 attendance on Friday night last.
Speaking after the game, the man of the match said, “We know Cobh Ramblers very well at this stage. We had played them three times before tonight so we knew that they were going to make it very tough for us. They are very hard to breakdown and particularly in the first-half because they didn’t leave many gaps.
“I think when we got that goal early in the second-half that the game really opened up and that’s when the chances started to come for us. I think that maybe we could have had a couple more before the end of the game but at least tonight we got a game where we were able to relax and play a bit of football.”
“The fans were outstanding here tonight and they really got behind us especially when we got in front. They were absolutely outstanding but you could feel that around the ground before and during the game. These fans have stuck by us in a couple of tight games so it was nice that they could sit in their seats a little easier tonight.
“I was delighted that when I ran at Davy (McDaid) and said me, me for the first goal that he nodded his head in agreement because I really wanted to get a goal against them. I have played with them before, I got a bit of stick but with the second goal, I was really over the moon because it gave us that cushion.
“The team were outstanding tonight and I think that John Martin in midfield again was incredible. I don’t think that any Premier division teams can live with what he is doing at the minute. The lads at the back are outstanding as well and it’s great to get another cleansheet. We’re not conceding any goals and bar UCD we’ve been outstanding at the back all season.
“I think that we’ve built a foundation of not conceding and we have the attacking threat to get goals so long may it continue for us this season. I have to say though that you would go far to see the atmosphere that these lads created here at the RSC.
“That’s what really pushes you on in games and the drive that they’re giving you on the pitch is second to none but it’s not just at home, it’s anywhere we go. With their support, we’re hopefully going to give them a trophy that they deserve as much as we do.”
WRAP IT UP
“There are seven games to go but it might be even less before we win it the way that we’re playing. It will be down to them because the support that they’ve giving us this season has been outstanding. The management have been just as good because they have always been positive with us.
“I think that tonight as a group of players that we’ve rewarded the coaching staff and fans with a good performance and also managed to score a few goals as well. It’s nice to have that gap at the top but I think that we should have that gap with the squad that we have.
“It’s full of quality and we’ve all worked hard together to get this project to where it is now. We lay our foundations from the back and we don’t concede many goals so I think that we should have this wrapped up in the next couple of games all going well.
“We have Athlone Town next week and we owe them another one because the opening day of the season will live long in the memory. We need to put on another performance and score some more goals so hopefully we’ll have the RSC rocking once again next Friday night.”