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Waterford in control of First Division as they move five points clear at the top of the table

Mark O’Sullivan scored twice for the leaders against Cabinteely.

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MARK O’SULLIVAN SCORED twice as Waterford FC extended their lead at the top of the SSE Airtricity First Division to five points with a 3-0 win over Cabinteely at the RSC.

The hosts had their opener after just four minutes as O’Sullivan fired home Garry Comerford’s cross.

Just three minutes later, Comerford himself doubled Waterford’s lead after an excellent through-ball from Kenny Browne.

O’Sullivan grabbed his second late in the second-half to ensure the victory, which extends Alan Reynolds’ side’s lead at the top.

Nearest challengers Cobh Ramblers aren’t in action until Saturday.

Elsewhere, UCD’s title aspirations took a blow as they went down to Shelbourne at Belfield.

The Students were in front after 15 minutes through Maxim Kouogun but Shels levelled shortly after the restart when James English headed home from Adam Evans’ cross.

And it was the guests who found a late winner – Alan Byrne scrambling to the net with just five minutes to go.

Meanwhile, the bottom-two teams in the league played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the south-east.

Thomas Croke gave Wexford the lead after eight minutes but Athlone equalised through Ryan Gaffney. The visitors made it 2-1 through Cormac Rafferty before the break before Mark Slater levelled immediately after half-time.

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