WATCH: Heart-stopping wonder strike breathes life into 24/7 cardio campaign and Blues’ season
On a night when the Blues fans illuminated the RSC in support of 24/7 cardiac care, it was only fitting that a truly electrifying moment right at the death gave Waterford FC all three points to breathe life back into their league campaign.
If Jordan Flores’ goal for Dundalk against Shamrock Rovers last week thought it would have an easy ride for goal of the season, it took less than a week for Waterford’s midfielder Shane Griffin to ask Flores to hold his pint.
With the game all but over and already ticked past the allocated time added on, a ball broke outside the box and from at least 35-yards out, Griffin the 20-year-old sub, hit such a sweet strike with stunning power and exceptional curl, it was only ever going to end up in the top right bin. Queue pandemonium.
Waterford had managed to wrestled all three points from a pretty handy Derry City team that had taken the lead on 32 minutes through Stephen Mallon.
But the Blues were ready for a battle and just before half-time the once again impressive Sam Bone scored a screamer of his own to level it up, a strike that on any other weekend would surely have taken the plaudits for goal of the week.
Bone, standing on the edge of the box collected a clearance from a corner to the left of goal, with his first touch he stepped outside the onrushing defender again moving to his left, left him on his back and let fly with his left peg. The keeper had no chance as the ball flew past him into the top right hand corner. 1-1 at the break.
The Blues were on top for most of the second half but couldn’t eek out a winner, that is until Griffin put his hand up to be on ESPN or Match of the Day this weekend.
The 1,500 in attendance went home delighted, their 24th minute light display in support of 24/7 cardiac care seemed to add to the team’s spirit on the night, with the players and fans somehow seemingly connected.
That last minute wonder-goal has reinvigorated the Blues seasons after two tough losses on the spin. Next up is an away game against newly promoted Shelbourne in Tolka Park next Friday, both teams level on points.
Waterford’s win puts the Blues up to sixth in the table.