Thursday, September 23, 2021

Waterford FC fullback, Darragh Power, says that the Blues fans have made a huge difference to his side in recent games. Photo: Inpho.

SSE Airtricity Premier Division Preview
Waterford FC v Drogheda United
Darragh Power

Waterford FC defender Darragh Power is hoping that the Blues fans will be the 12th man at Friday’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash with Drogheda United at the RSC with a 7.45pm kick-off.
With Marc Bircham’s side sitting dangerously in eighth placed in the league table, the game against the Co. Louth outfit is a massive one in Waterford’s hopes to survive in the top division with nine games to go in the season.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s game, the Kilmacthomas man said, “We could have taken the cup as a bit of a distraction, but our focus is totally back on the league now and trying to get three points against Drogheda.

HOMEWORK DONE
“We’ll be looking for the win that will help us stay in the Premier Division. I know that we won up there in July, but I don’t think that we really had a great start in that game before Junior and Prince came on to change the game.
“That’s what ultimately got us the win up there because they are a good team. They’ve got a good manager as well in Tim Clancy and they seem to know what they are about. They have their own little style and stuff so it will be tough.
“We have all our work done in trying to beat them on Friday. The gaffer has all the analysis and stuff done now so we know what to expect when they come here, but we’re all set and ready.
“It was unlucky how it fell against UCD with the amount of injuries so hopefully a few of the lads will be back for Friday. I don’t think that we had an attacking player on the bench, but to pull a win out like that without that threat says a lot in itself.”

AIM IS TO STAY UP
“There was a lot of character shown last Friday, and a lot of players showed their true colours. When we needed players to stand up they did, and we know that we’ll need more of the same on Friday.
“It would be brilliant to have a big crowd here on Friday and we can’t stress enough how much the crowd has meant to us in recent games. The noise that they made the last day was just unbelievable, which was fantastic, so the more the merrier.
“We know how much it means to the fans to stay up. There is a lovely group of fans here, and it would break their hearts to see us go down. That’s the last thing we want now. We just want to keep pushing and hopefully more and more fans will keep coming every week.
“I’m just happy to be playing, which is the main thing for me. Hopefully the performances keep going for me, but it’s all about staying up in the division this year us for us. That would be just brilliant.”

TICKETS
Tickets for Friday’s game against Drogheda United are available for purchase at https://waterfordfc.ie/waterford-fc-vs-drogheda-united/
Tickets will also be available at the ground on match night.

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By Adrian Flanagan
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