Waterford United’s interim management team is in place this week to get the squad ready for the challenge of New Ross Celtic in this Friday’s FAI Ford Cup 3rd round clash.

Paul O’Brien steps up to take over as First Team Manager. A highly respected and qualified coach who completed his UEFA A-Licence at the end of 2010, Paul was assistant manager to Waterford’s first ever Kennedy Cup winning side in 1996, and was subsequently involved in Development squads at Under-14, 15 and 16, winning Munster and All-Ireland titles with the U16s. He has also been the Blues U20 manager since their inception in 2008.

Paul will be ably assisted by his First Team Coaches Billy Hearne and Alan Barry.

Billy is a vastly experienced goalkeeping coach who has worked with the club’s goalkeepers for many years. He has coached and travelled abroad many times with varios FAI Underage International squads, and was goalkeeping coach to the Ireland U16 squad which won the Lille International Tournament in 2007. He also runs the Blues Goalkeeping Academy. Billy holds the UEFA ‘B’ badges both for goalkeeping and outfield.

Alan is a bone fide club legend, having been a rock at the heart of the Blues defence for years, and captaining the side on many occasions. A marvellously talented and committed player, who always wore his heart on his sleeve, and never gave less that 100% in the cause, Alan has kept his involvement with the Blues in a coaching capacity for much of the time since his playing days came to an end in the 1990s, and has been involved in United’s U20 set-up for the past few seasons. He is currently in the process of obtaining his UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge.

Just a reminder to Waterford United fans that Friday night’s FAI Ford Cup 3rd round match with New Ross Celtic is not covered by the season ticket, and so entry to the match will be via the turnstiles.

Ticket prices are €10, €6 and €3 as with Airtricity League games.

The car park will be open to season ticket holders, and provision will be made to help get your car parked and ticket bought, but please arrive early to assist with this. There is a possibility that the car park may close early if the expected numbers attend the game, for safety and security reasons, so we cannot guarantee the car park will be open for the last 30 minutes before kick-off time.

Our visitors are expecting to bring down a large and vocal support to the game, so there should be a great atmosphere on the night. Hopefully the Blues fans will be there in numbers and be as loud as they can to really get behind the lads and the new management team!

For all those who can help to spread the word, whether at work, college, school, down the pub or wherever, a downloadable A4 poster for the Waterford United v New Ross Celtic Cup match on Friday June 3rd, is online here.

Right click here and ‘save target as’ to download an A4 poster for Waterford United’s FAI Ford Cup 3rd Round clash with New Ross Celtic on Friday, June 3rd.

Download it, print it, and spread the word!

For all those who can help to spread the word, whether at work, college, school, down the pub or wherever, a downloadable A4 poster for Waterford United’s Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday June 11th, is online here.

Right click here and ‘save target as’ to download an A4 poster for Waterford United’s Casino Night fundraiser at the Crystal C.asino in the city on Saturday, June 11th.

Download it, print it, and spread the word!

Regrettfully this Sunday’s (May 29th) Junior Blues Academy has had to be cancelled due to the closure of the RSC.

The Academy will, however, be back operating as normal from next Sunday, June 5th.

Waterford United apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused!

Waterford United have confirmed that they have parted ways with midfielder Michael Rafter.

The forward’s contract has this week been terminated by mutual consent.

The club wish to thank Michael for his contribution this season, and wish him the very best of luck in his future career.

Waterford United  0 – 1  Monaghan United

 

Waterford United’s Monaghan hoodoo struck once more on Thursday night, as the Blues went down to the visitors for the seventh match in succession. A first half Sean Brennan goal was enough to give Roddy Collins’ men all three points, and in the process cut Waterford seriously adrift of the top five teams.

The Blues had the better start, Paul Murphy firing narrowly wide at the back post from Conor Sinnott’s cross after just four minutes, but Declan O’Brien threatened at the other end shortly afterwards, requiring a well-timed Kevin Murray intervention to snuff out the danger. Murphy again had a sight of goal after a great turn from Willie John Kiely, but he sliced his shot wide of the target. Then, on 25 minutes, the visitors got their noses in front. A half-cleared corner was returned to the area by Don Tierney, and Sean Brennan reacted best to the bouncing ball, driving home low inside Kevin Burns’ left-hand post. Chances were traded at either end for the remainder of the half – Gary Keane fired straight at Gabriel Sava when well placed, and Kiely was just inches away from converting Keane’s superb through ball on the stroke of half-time. At the other end, Tierney tested Burns from distance, and Sean Brennan fired a free kick over the top from all of 30 yards.

Again the home side started the brighter after the break, Kevin Murray heading narrowly wide at the back post from Paul Murphy’s free kick two minutes in. Murphy was in action again moments later, his powerful drive only parried back into play by Gabriel Sava, but David Breen’s follow-up was blocked. But Monaghan went close to doubling their lead on 54 minutes with a Ryan Brennan header cleared off the line by Conor Sinnott, and they created a number of half-chances for the remainder of the match, through Brennan again, and Declan O’Brien with two efforts off target. The Blues came closest to an equaliser on 72 minutes when Murphy shaved the crossbar with a blistering free-kick from 30 yards, but in reality the visitors were able to soak up the home pressure with relative ease, and there was little real penetration from the Waterford attack through the re-adjusted Monaghan midfield. A frustrating night for the Blues, who will at least be glad of the genuine distraction of the FAI Cup next Friday.

(photos with thanks to Ian Clancy)

 

Blues: Kevin Burns; Seamus Long (Paul Carey 88), Kevin Murray, Kenny Browne, Michael Coady; Paul Murphy, David Breen, Conor Sinnott, Dwayne Wilson (Shane Dempsey 71); Gary Keane, Willie John Kiely – subs: Josh Byrne, Lee Chin, Shane Barrett, Brian Nolan, Gary Dunphy

Booked: Browne

Monaghan: Gabriel Sava, Shane Grimes, Aidan Collins, Philip Byrne, Alan Byrne, Don Tierney, John Reilly (Shane Fitzgerald 66), Jason Marks (Eric Foley 53), Ryan Brennan, Declan O’Brien, Sean Brennan – subs: Conor McMahon, Paul Whelan, Michael Isichei, Andy Haran

Goals: S Brennan 25

Booked: O’Brien, S Brennan

Referee: C Fitzgerald

The Waterford United club lotto jackpot has been won, just over a year on from last time!

The lucky winner is Paul Bannon, who scoops a whopping €9,800 as his four lucky numbers were drawn out in tonight’s draw. Waterford United are delighted for Paul, and will be hoping to present him with his prize at the earliest opportunity.

The jackpot is at the same level as when last won, in May 2010 by Pat Hickey of Dungarvan.

The lucky numbers were 4, 12, 17 and 22, and Paul purchased his winning ticket from Gavin Keyes of the Referees Society.

The lotto doesn’t stop here though, but the top prize resets to €2,000 for the next draw, which takes place on Wednesday, June 8th.

The five €40 winners were: Nora Quinn, Cathal Brugha St; Susan Power, Dungarvan; Imelda Spillane, c/o MSD; Rena Hearne, c/o FAS; and M Melay, c/o Bolton FC.

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