City’s pre-season campaign continued with a scoreless draw away to Waterford at the RSC.
The home side had the better of the first half and they were first to threaten inside ten minutes when a curling shot from McAlavey was palmed away by McNulty. They came even closer on the quarter hour when a good move ended with Mark O’Sullivan hitting the crossbar.
City’s first chance came a matter of minutes later, as a good cross from the left by McCormack found Maguire but his header was straight at the keeper. Maguire came close again just after the half hour when a quick free kick put him in but his shot was deflected past the post.
Just before the break, McAlavey again tested McNulty with another curling effort, before Mark O’Sullivan was again denied by the woodwork; seeing his shot on the run clip the outside of the post.
City started the second half on the front foot, with Beattie seeing an effort go close inside the first five minutes. John Caulfield’s side were on top when, just after the hour mark, came a moment of real concern for the City boss, as Seán Maguire was forced off injured. Maguire had picked up the ball just inside the Waterford half when he was the victim of an awful challenge from Patrick McClean who was exceptionally fortunate not to be sent off. Thankfully, subsequent reports indicate that the injury is not as serious as was first feared.
The lengthy break for treatment, coupled with a number of substitutions, meant that the closing stages were fairly disjointed. Campion had the game’s final chance with ten minutes to go, but he dragged his shot wide from a difficult angle.
City: McNulty, Kavanagh (Manley 72), Trialist A (Trialist B 45), Delaney, O’Connor, Bolger, McCormack, Keohane, Beattie, Maguire (Ellis 65), Campion
Subs not used: Smith, McCarthy, Browne
Referee: Sean Grant
Pic: Peadar O’Sullivan