Waterford FC U17 1-2 Dundalk FC U17

EA Sports U17 National Underage League

Dundalk U17s returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon when they beat Waterford 2-1 in a difficult away fixture. 

The hosts almost got off to a perfect start when they created a huge goalscoring opportunity just 45 seconds in, but Kayle Wajsczcuk produced an excellent save to deny Waterford an early lead.

The Lilywhites grew into the game after the early scare and created a number of chances, with the best opportunity of the first half falling to Callum Bonner, who forced a quality save from the Waterford goalkeeper from close range.

Darren McGarry’s side had two goals chalked off for offside before they finally broke the deadlock in the second half when Craig Moore’s strike was deflected into the net by a Waterford defender.

Dundalk grew in confidence after the opening goal and they continued to create quality chances as the first half went on. They soon bagged their second of the afternoon through Josh Hand, allowing them to settle down without the worry of being pegged back.

The Lilywhites seemed to have the three points wrapped up, but a goal from Nathan Murphy late on had the visitors on high alert as they defended their box in an attempt to see out the game.

The final whistle was a welcome sound for Dundalk, who held on to take all three points with an excellent performance, and produce an excellent reaction following their disappointing defeat to Shamrock Rovers a few weeks ago.

Up next for the U17s is a home game against Derry City on Saturday, October 2nd at 2pm.

DUNDALK FC: Kayle Wajsczcuk, Ryan Boyle, Craig Moore, Sean Bannon, Anthony Moyo, Tadhg Walsh, Senan Mullen, Oisin Coleman, Dualta Honney, Callum Bonner, Josh Hand. Subs: Jamie Ryan, Cian Walsh, Tom McLaughlin, Luke Povall, Eoin Kenny.