Héry’s early strike seals Water­ford’s win

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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.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: LASZLO GECZO/INPHO

Water­ford’s Bastien Héry scores the only goal of the game against Drogheda at United Park last night.

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