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Waterford FC closed the gap in the Premier Division table to Sligo Rovers after a 2-0 win at the RSC.

Michael O’Connor and JJ Lunney went close with two early efforts, but the Blues had a golden chance to go in front from the penalty spot on 16 minutes.

Walter Figueira was brought down by defender John Mahon but O’Connor was denied by a Luke McNicholas save from the spot kick.

The Blues continued to dominate as Georgie Poynton and Lunney were also kept out by the visiting netminder before Alan Reynolds’ side did go in front on 34 minutes.

JJ Lunney whipped in a brilliant left-wing cross which found the run of captain Rory Feely, and he looped a header over McNicholas from six yards.

The Blues doubled the lead on 52 minutes. Walter Figueira took possession on the right-side of the area and after his first shot was blocked out, his second attempt found a way past Luke McNicholas with the aid of a deflection off Regan Donelon.

Sligo had their first glimpse at goal at the other end six minutes later when Blues keeper Matthew Connor produced a top save to turn an effort from Brian Morley over the bar before Sam Warde was off target with a close-range header.

Shane Duggan should have added a third in injury time only to see his close-range blocked.

Waterford FC: Connor, Feely, Kouogun, Slevin, Lynch (Power `83), Duggan, Lunney, Bone (Galvin `74), Poynton, Figueira, O’Connor (O’Halloran `66)

Sligo Rovers: McNicholas, Banks, Donelon (Watson `85), Warde, Dunleavy, Twardek, Morley (Collins `74), Kane, Mahon, Cawley, Morahan

Referee: Ray Matthews

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