Cian Kavanagh and John Martin each scored a brace as Waterford FC moved outside of the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division relegation play-off position on a wet night at the RSC by beating Longford Town 4-1.

Kavanagh scored a goal in each half in a game played in tough conditions in the south-east in an influential display in attack, while Martin complimented him superbly throughout.

Town's winless run in the league extended to 24 matches as Dean Williams’ first league goal for the club mattered little, with a return to the First Division just a matter of time now for the midlanders.


Longford had the better of the opening half hour with the advantage of a strong breeze. The ball began to slow up on the wet surface and made chances few and far between.

But it was the Blues in front before the break as Jack Stafford's cross was met by Kavanagh who produced a powerful finish 12 yards out.

The second half was just two minutes old when Dylan Grimes slid the ball into the left side of the penalty area and Williams slotted home, giving Brian Murphy no chance.

Shane Griffin in action against Dean Zambra of Longford Town

Waterford were back in front five minutes later as Aaron O’Driscoll brought down Kavanagh in the box. Steacy made a great stop to keep the ball out to initially deny the Blues.

However it spun across the goal line and the race was on to clear the danger. Martin came out on top and bundled it over the line before the unfortunate goalkeeper could clear.

Kavanagh pounced on another defensive error to run through on goal and planted the ball into the corner of the net on 72 minutes to put the result beyond doubt.

There was still time for a fourth as Issac Tshipamba, a substitute for Kavanagh, managed to pick out Martin at the back post despite the presence of six Longford players in the box and that sealed another win for Waterford as the resurgence under Marc Bircham continues.