A much stronger and experienced Waterford side grabbed all three points in the race for third spot beating a vastly changed Bohs outfit 3-1 at Dalymount Park.
A quite cagey affair ensued until a true moment of quality from the Bohs youngsters. Eoghan Stokes quickly switched the play to Jamie Hamilton, who’s first touch was immaculate to get it out of his feet, then delivered a deliciously whipped ball into the box where Cristian Magerusan volleyed home on his full debut.
The lead didn’t last long though, as the powerful visitors levelled almost instantly through Sander Puri. The right winger netted his third in three games, scrambling home from Dylan Barnetts dangerous cross from left side.
Just a few moments later Waterford found themselves in front. Paddy Kirk’s poor first touch allowed Puri a clear run in on goal. The left back did well to get back around at the pacey winger, but grabbed him inside the box as he turned to shoot, leaving referee Sean Grant with no choice but to point to the spot.
Up stepped Stanley Aborah to calmly slot home into the bottom corner to make it 2-1 in a frenetic few minutes. Bohs did themselves no favours with yet more sloppy play at the back and found themselves further behind.
Firstly, Puri blocked Colin McCabe’s clearance and as the ball fell to Dan Casey. the big centre back horribly sliced his volley across the edge of the 18 yard box straight to Noel Hunt to side foot into the empty net.
The young spirited Gypsies will no doubt learn from this experience coming up against a top-side on their day and can be proud of their efforts but Waterford, now with a top four finish guaranteed, just had that bit extra quality and know how when it mattered.