Treaty United embark on the first of three games in eight days with an away trip to the Regional Sports Centre to take on Waterford.
Teams – Waterford FC Vs Treaty United
Competition – SSE Airtricity League of Ireland First Division
Date – Friday, June 2.
Time – 19:45
Venue – Regional Sports Centre, Cork Rd, Waterford.
Referee – Daniel Murphy
Assistants – Trevor Murphy & Ricky Crean
The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.
Four consecutive wins have been somewhat disappointingly followed with two 3-0 losses in the last two home fixtures against league leaders Galway United and Finn Harps.
However, results elsewhere have kept the Limerick-based side in touch with the play-off spots. Treaty are just five points off third place in the table as the halfway point in the season approaches.
Tommy Barrett’s squad will be bolstered by the return of defender Andy Spain from suspension but Ben O’Riordan is still suspended for the fixture.
Keith Long’s side come into the game in good form, unbeaten in three following a 5-0 defeat of Cobh and a 4-0 victory away to Finn Harps. They played out a 0-0 draw last Saturday at Longford Town and sit comfortably in second place, nine points ahead of Bray Wanderers but trailing Galway United in first by 12.
In Ronan Coughlan, they boast the first division’s top scorer with 18 to his name so far this season.
In eight competitive meetings between the two sides, Waterford have very much held the upper hand with five wins to Treaty’s two.
Last season’s play-off semi-finals will live long in the memory. Waterford seemingly finished the tie at the Markets Field with a 4-1 victory, scoring twice late on after Colin Conroy was sent off in controversial circumstances. However, the second leg saw Treaty take a 3-1 lead into half-time with two Marc Ludden penalties and a Lee Devitt strike fuelling hope of an unlikely turnaround.
A second half rally saw Waterford into the final where they dispatched Galway United 3-0. Promotion was not to be, though, with a defeat to UCD in the promotion/relegation decider consigning them to another season in the first division.
L – (1-4, Home, Apr ’23)
D – (3-3, Away, Oct ’22) Play off
L – (1-4, Home, Oct ’22) Play off
L – (3-0, Away, Oct ’22)
L – (1-2, Home, Aug ’22)
L – (4-0, Away, May ’22)W – (2-1, Home, Mar ’22)
By Robert McNamara