- Wednesday August 24th, 2011 @ 22:59
SAINTS WITHOUT KEY PLAYERS FOR CUP MATCH
St Pat's are in Cup action this week with a trip to the RSC awaiting Pete Mahon's side in the 4th Round of the FAI Ford Cup on Friday night.
The Saints will be looking for a victory which would see them one step closer to ending the 50 year gap since their last FAI Cup success.
The Saints will be without Sean O'Connor, Shane Guthrie and John O'Connor who are all cup tied having played for Limerick, Dundalk and Crumlin United in previous rounds.
On the injury front, there are doubts over the fitness of Derek Doyle (calf), Danny North (ribs) and David McMillan (hamstring).
"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."
Our FAI Cup record against Waterford/Waterford United:
Played 17 games, Pats won 4, Waterford won 6, Draws 7, Pats goals 21, Waterford goals 38
Record in Waterford:
Played 9, Pat's won 1, Waterford won 3, Draws 5, Pat's goals 9, Waterford goals 22
Only win for Pat's in Waterford was in 2005 when Daragh Maguire scored the winner. No players remain from that Pat's team today
When Waterford knocked Pats out in 2009, it was only the fourth time a First Division side has done so.
Only Gary Rogers remains from that team. (The other occasions were Home Farm in 1989, Galway in 1999, Sligo in 2005)
Waterford and Pat's have met in 2 FAI Cup finals.
Pat's winning their first cup in 1959 (2-1 in the replay after a 2-2 draw), while Waterford winning their last in 1980 (1-0)
Of the current Pat's squad, 3 have tasted FAI Cup final defeat while at the club; Dave Mulcahy, Anto Murphy and Sean O'Connor.
O'Connor is cup-tied having played, and scored, for Limerick in Round 3.
Murphy was an unused sub for the 2003 final defeat, and started in 2006. Mulcahy and O'Connor both scored in that 2006 final.
The respective squads contain only one player who has represented the opposition each. Pats' Daryl Kavanagh played in the 2007 FAI Cup campaign for Waterford, winning Player of the Round for Round 3 as they knocked out Sligo.
Waterford's Conor Sinnott began the 2010 season with the Saints but didn't play in the FAI Cup, being an unused sub in the 3rd round against Dundalk, before moving on to Drogheda.