The games just keep on coming for St Patrick’s Athletic who travel to the RSC to face Waterford Utd on Friday night, kick off 7.45pm, in the 4th round of the FAI Ford Cup.
Pete Mahon’s side have had a busy time of it recently but come into the game in good form with a win and a draw in their last two games. They will however have to face Waterford without a number of key players.
Sean O’Connor, Shane Guthrie and John O’Connor are all cup tied having played for Limerick, Dundalk and Crumlin United in previous rounds while Derek Doyle (calf), Danny North (ribs) and David McMillan (hamstring) all have doubts over their fitness ahead of the game.
Despite the busy schedule of Pete Mahon is very much looking forward to the cup tie. “It has been quite a while since the victory against Crumlin United in the last round and we are relishing this cup tie on Friday.”
“We are expecting a tough match against Waterford, whom I’ve seen play a couple of times already this season.”
“They are a strong physical side who will be there or there about come in the end of the league season and with the strong local support behind them it will make for an interesting match.”
“We know what the competition means to this Club and it’s supporters. It is now 50 years since the last (FAI Cup) success and the Club has this monkey on it’s back regarding the Cup, which has to come to and end at some stage. ”
“I believe that each year somebody’s name is on the Cup and they are going to win it. Over the past couple of seasons there haven’t been many surprises in the competition, and we will have to guard ourselves from a possible surprise this Friday.”
Waterford like St Pat’s have a number of injury concerns ahead of the game. Adam McSherry and Conor Sinnott are out while Michael Coady and Willie John Kiely are major doubts.
Unlike their opponents Waterford have had a tough time in the league as of late. They lost their last game 3-1 to Monaghan and manager Paul O’Brien is hoping a good cup run will provide a welcome distraction from the league.
“We are really looking forward to the game because it will be a release from our league games which have been tough lately.
“We are looking forward to playing a Premier league team at the RSC. To date this season we have played very well against the top teams in our division like Cork City and Shelbourne, and St Pat’s have been one of the top teams in the Premier since the outset.”
“The lads will give it their very best shot and hopefully a big crowd will get behind us as we try and beat Pete Mahon’s fine side.”