Waterford face Galway for a shot a Premier Division football

Waterford face Galway for a shot a Premier Division football

Danny Searles Waterford FC meets John Caulfield's Galway United for the right to take their shot at UCD in the SSE Airtricity League promotion/relegation play-off.

The second and third-placed sides will meet in Markets Field at 7:45 PM, after seeing off Treaty United and Longford Town in their semi-finals.


If you are to consider momentum as the key factor in this fixture, the Blues hold all of the aces.

When taking the final ten games of the regular season, Waterford sits atop the form table with 23 points.

In contrast, Galway's capitulation was deafening, as they collected only 11 points from a possible 30.


Searle's men were dominant in their opening leg fixture against Treaty, winning the tie by 4 goals to 1 in tonight's neutral venue. The return leg ended 3 a piece in the RSC.


Galway saw off Longford by an aggregate scoreline of 5 goals to 2, sealing the tie in the second leg at home by 3 goals to nil.

There have been many standout performers during Waterford's fine run, with Phoenix Patterson highlighting some particularly notable displays.

In finding the net on three occasions over the course of the semi-final playoffs against Treaty, Patterson took his tally to 20 goals in 33 outings - a remarkable return for a player who does not operate as a striker.

UCD will stand against tonight's winner and Waterford are no stranger to the Dubliners.

The students solidified their relegation last year amid turmoil off the field at the RSC.

The arrival of new owner Andy Pilley has rejuvenated the club and supplied ample confidence for its partisan support.

Premier football is craved in Waterford and for many, a birthright that has been denied far too many times.

The task is simple for this talented bunch: win two games and the prospect of Shamrock Rovers and co is theirs!

All eyes turn to Limerick City and the historic setting which has supplied so many wonderful moments in the league's history.