League of Ireland Premier Division

Rovers strike late to defeat Waterford at the RSC

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Rovers strike late to defeat Waterford at the RSC

Rovers strike late to defeat Waterford at the RSC

Gary Shaw struck late in the second half to earn victory for Shamrock Rovers against Waterford FC at the RSC on Sunday afternoon.

In front of almost 2,500 supporters, Waterford had their chances to go ahead and created plenty in the first half of this League of Ireland Premier Division clash. 

Courtney Duffus has had strong appeals for a penalty turned down in the first period, while Matthew Connor got down to save brilliantly from Dylan Watts and Ronan Finn in a ding-dong early battle. Duffus also saw a late first half chance well saved by Rovers' keeper Alan Mannus, leaving the teams level 0-0 at the break.

The game could have gone either way in the second half with Gavan Holohan and Izzy Akinade going close for the home side but it was Gary Shaw's 75-minute strike that proved decisive as the only goal of the game.

The result means fourth-placed Shamrock Rovers close the gap on Waterford in third to just four points, while Waterford are still 13 points adrift of Cork City.

Next up for Waterford is an away game with struggling Limerick next Friday, while the mouth-watering clash with second-placed Cork City comes to the RSC a week later. Dundalk remain four points clear at the top of the table.