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MATCH PREVIEW: Galway United -v- Waterford FC (4/11/2022)

SSE Airtricity First Division Play-Off Final
Galway United -v- Waterford FC
Friday, 4th November 2022
Kick-Off: 7:45pm
Referee: Alan Patchell

Waterford FC will look to book a place in the Promotion/Relegation Play Off Final when they meet Galway United this Friday in Markets Field.

The winning team will face UCD next Friday for a place in the Premier Division for 2023.

The Blues come into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw last Friday night against Treaty United in the RSC to book a place in Friday’s match. Despite trailing 3-1 at halftime, Danny Searle’s side battled back to a 3-3 draw and a 7-4 win on aggregate thanks to goals from Tunmise Sobowale, Wassim Aouachria and Phoenix Patterson.

Galway come into the game having beaten Longford Town on Sunday afternoon 3-0 to take a 5-2 win on aggregate. Goals from David Hurley, Robert Manley and Mikie Rowe secured John Caufield’s side a spot in the final.

The sides last met in August when Roland Idowu and Phoenix Patterson’s goals secured all three points against a 10-man Galway. Stephen Walsh had given the visitors an early lead before Idowu’s equaliser just seven minutes later. The Tribesmen were reduced to 10 men with 25 minutes remaining when Conor McCormack was shown red before a Junior Quitirna spot kick secured the points for the Blues.

The side’s meetings so far this season have produced nine goals. The Blues finished this year’s league campaign in second place, four points ahead of Galway in third spot.

From The Dugout: Speaking ahead of Friday’s match against Galway United, head coach Danny Searle said:

“This is basically cup football. Form goes out the window and the team who turns up more often than not will progress. We need to be on it from the first whistle like we were last week against Treaty United and really get our fans behind us again like we know they will be.

“John Calulfield’s Galway side had the upper hand over the league games and they’ll be more than up for this game. They’re always organised, are a big physical team and look to get forward.

“That said, we’re focussed on ourselves. We can control what we do on and off the ball and that’s what we’ve looked at coming into the game. We can’t control external factors but we know we are a good side and can put it up to any team on their day.”

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Team News: Roland Idowu misses out having picked up an injury in last month’s FAI Cup semi-final against Shelbourne.

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