Waterford FC 2 -
Derry City 1
Waterford FC’s Bastien Hery salutes the home fans after his side’s 2-1 win over Derry City in their opening Premier Division game at the RSC on Friday night. Photo: Noel Browne.
Bastien Héry picked up the man of the match award after his brilliant display in the heart of the Waterford FC midfield on Friday night last but he was more pleased that he and his teammates were able to make the fans “happy” leaving the ground with the three points.
In a brilliant display, Héry played a part in the build-up for the two goals and he was delighted as he left the pitch in his first competitive display for the Blues with a victory that will see the rest of the league take note after just one game.
Speaking after the game, the man of the match said, “It’s a fantastic start for us and this feeling is unbelievable. That’s why you play football because we want to win. There was pressure on us but at the end, it’s worth it because we’ve got the three points.
“When the referee blew the final whistle, we are just happy. It’s that happy feeling of satisfaction in our performance and the result. It means a lot to us to get off to a good start in the league and tonight is great because we’ve won the match.
“The conditions were really hard out there but we still tried to play. We got the ball down and tried to get some stuff going. There were times in the game because of the conditions that we went long but when we could, we got the ball down and played some excellent football.
“It wasn’t easy out there because of the weather. The pitch was very heavy and there was water on it. The fans are everyone involved in the club did well to get the pitch playable. We’re happy that they did because not only are we happy tonight, they are as well.”
MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY
“When we could keep the ball on the ground we did. I think that the second goal showed what we can produce on the field because we passed the ball well. We got the ball down, got the cross into the area and Dean finished it well.
“It was heartbreaking for us to concede the goal when we did because we were playing well. We could have defended it better but we’ll learn from that. It opened our eyes and we said to ourselves, let’s go, put pressure on Derry and then we scored.
“I think that scoring before getting back to the dressing room at half time really helped us. I think that we went out in the second-half with great confidence. The winning goal was special. That’s what I mean. We kept the ball really well, a brilliant backheel from Stan, a brilliant cross and a super finish.
“It’s brilliant to get a standing ovation coming off the field. I play for football for night’s like tonight and I want to make people happy. We look forward to Cork next week but listen we showed what we’re capable of today and we’ll go again next Friday.”