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Waterford Promoted To League Of Ireland Premier Division

Waterford FC have been promoted to the League of Ireland Premier Division after rivals Cobh Ramblers fell to a 3-0 defeat on Saturday night at home to Cabinteely.

Goals from Joe Doyle (2) and Dean Casey gave Cabinteely the win to hand Waterford the title as they now lead by eight points with two games remaining.

Alan Reynold’s side have now been confirmed as champions following their 3-0 victory away to Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night. The Blues will now play in the top division of Irish football for the first time since the 2007 season.

Promotion represents a remarkable rise for Waterford since their takeover and re-branding last season. Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power has taken control of the club with Pat Fenlon coming in as the director of football – and their investment has reaped massive rewards as they look to re-establish Waterford as one of Ireland’s top clubs.

Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power has taken control of the club with Pat Fenlon coming in as the director of football – and their investment has reaped massive rewards as they look to re-establish Waterford as one of Ireland’s top clubs.

Speaking after last night’s victory, to the League of Ireland’s website, Reynolds told of his pride in his players as they had all but secured their promotion.

“The first half performance was very good, then the second half was a bit scrappy. They’re delighted in the dressing room. Hopefully next weekend the RSC will be rocking and we’ll get across the line.”

The Blues have been the top team in the first division this season – with the likes of Mark O’Sullivan, David McDaid, Patrick McClean, John Martin and Shane O’Connor coming in for praise for the consistency of their performances.

Waterford have only lost two games all campaign and remained unbeaten at home in a solid campaign which has showed signs of incredible improvement in just a years time.

Given that Waterford succumbed to an 8-1 defeat at home to UCD around this time last season their achievement cannot be understated and one would imagine that the board will now be looking to build on a successful year and see the club sit comfortably at the top level for the coming years.

Waterford football is on the up – and the RSC will be packed to the rafters next campaign, as Reynold’s charges launch their assault at the big time for the first time in eleven years.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Author: Jordan Norris

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