Héry’s early strike seals Waterford’s win
Drogheda United 0 Waterford 1
Waterford advanced to the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup after they defeated Drogheda United 1-0 at United Park.
Bastien Héry’s early strike was the difference between the two sides in a fiercely fought cup tie.
The visitors took the lead after just four minutes as Héry’s powerful drive from all of 30 yards found the far corner with Paul Skinner helpless in goal.
It was nearly 2-0 seconds later as indecision in the Drogheda defence saw Ismahil Akinade nip in but the forward lifted the ball over the bar before colliding with Skinner.
Drogheda gradually grew into the tie and their first effort on goal came via Chris Lyons who headed tamely into the hands of Niall Corbett.
A quickly taken free-kick on 25 minutes was only partially cleared to the edge of the box with Lyons firing narrowly over under pressure.
Waterford looked the more composed side on the ball but it was Drogheda who were showing greater intent as Corbett showed good hands to deny Sean Brennan’s powerful strike.
Former Ireland international Noel Hunt missed a glorious chance to double Waterford’s lead as he somehow failed to hit the target with a near-post header from Paul Keegan’s corner.
The Premier Division side were nearly made to pay for that miss as Lyons drove at the heart of their defence before slipping Doyle through on goal but he failed to strike the ball cleanly as it rolled harmlessly wide.
Drogheda continued to pile players forward and they were nearly caught when a defence-splitting pass from Hunt played his strike partner beyond the Drogheda back line but his low strike deflected off the legs of Skinner and behind for a corner kick.
Despite late Drogheda pressure, Waterford held on to reach the final eight of the competition.
Waterford’s Bastien Héry scores the only goal of the game against Drogheda at United Park last night.