Saturday’s First Division game between Shelbourne and Finn Harps has been thrown into doubt after this Premier Division game at Tolka Park was abandoned.

With seven minutes played in the second half, a loose floodlight pylon was brought to the attention of referee Declan Hanney who was left with no option than to call the game off.

Waterford had gone into this game with the worst goalscoring record in the division, but it was the Suirsiders who stole an early lead thanks to the predatory instincts of Vinny Sullivan.

The goal stemmed from a Shane Harte free-kick wide on the right after his ball into the box was repelled back into the path of Robbie Hedderman.

The vastly experienced defender pumped the ball back into the penalty area, where Sullivan made the most of some non-existent defending to score.

To put it mildly, the fare produced by these two teams in the first half was poor, although predictably the Hoops pressed for an equaliser.

Ian Ryan was unlucky from a good distance out, and with thirteen minutes played Ger Rowe ambled in from the right and had a wicked cross cut out by David Breen.

From the ensuing set-piece Cassidy picked out Hoops centre-half Barry Ferguson who looked certain to score with a header until his attempt was cleared by Pat Flynn.

Waterford eventually conceded with half time fast approaching following a corner kick from the boot of David Cassidy.

The diminutive winger whipped the set-piece into the penalty area; Danny O’Connor jumped highest at the far post and powered the ball goalward.

The ball curled across the face of goal, and evaded Hedderman and Delaney before entering the Waterford net.

Gareth Cronin’s crew were almost rocked by a second goal less than 10 minutes later, but this time Ken Browne denied O’Connor another goal.

It was of little significance when play came to an abrupt halt.