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MATCH PREVIEW: Waterford FC -v- Dundalk FC (09/09/2019)

Extra.ie FAI Cup – Quarter Final
Waterford FC -v- Dundalk FC
Monday, September 9th, 2019
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Referee: Paul Tuite

Waterford FC turn attentions to the Extra.ie FAI Cup this Monday night as the Blues welcome reigning champions Dundalk to the RSC for their quarter-final clash.

The Blues go into the game on the back of Friday night’s 3-1 win over Scottish side Heart of Midlothian Colts with goals from Karolis Chvedukas, Alex Phelan and Regix Madika.

Alan Reynolds’ men booked their place in the quarter finals of this year’s FAI Cup late last month after a 2-0 win in Donegal against Glengad United, having beaten Maynooth University Town in the previous round.

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The Blues last played Dundalk in July, with the Lilywhites 3-0 winners – and while the visitors have had the upper hand this season, the Blues come into the game on the back of a good spell of results in the league; picking up four points in the last two games.

Managers Views: Speaking to WaterfordFC.ie ahead of Monday’s match, manager Alan Reynolds said:

“It’s nice to win [against Hearts] and get into the next round of the competition. It was a good night all round for us so we’ll hope to continue to build on it going forward.

“There is a buzz around the camp at the minute and I’m delighted for all involved because it has been a difficult season for us. I think that everyone knows that it hasn’t been easy and results like in Turners Cross last Monday is reward for the effort that we are putting in.

“It’s now all about Dundalk. We trained today [Sunday] as a group so we are looking forward to the game. We are nice and focused and the players are positive ahead of it which is great.

“We know that Dundalk are a good side and nobody is giving us a chance. We know how difficult it’s going to be but we’re going to have a good go at it.”

Team News: John Kavanagh, Dean Walsh, Michael O’Connor and Will Fitzgerald are expected to miss the game through injury.  Dean O’Halloran is sick but is expected to make the squad. Zack Elbouzedi is on international duty.