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Cup quarter final beckons for the Blues

Nearly twelve months down the road and Waterford FC find themselves with the chance to book their place in a second consecutive FAI Cup semi-final.

Last year it was competition runners-up Bohemians who denied Marc Bircham's team a place in the Aviva, while this time around it's Dundalk who hope to end the charge of the first division challengers.

Life in the cup did not start easy for Waterford in 2022. They had to get over the holder's St. Pats on day one - a game which few picked them to win. Albeit the second round was a bit more straightforward with Malahide United.

This evening will be the first home cup game in some time for the Blues with head coach Danny Searle telling WLR Sport midweek that they will be approaching Dundalk as they would any other team. Searle has always held strong on the point that the team's focus needs to be on themselves and not the team they line out opposite.

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Last weekend's result left a sour taste in many mouths with the referee Alan Patchell taking centre stage with his officiating. A result that could have been much different in slightly different circumstances, but nonetheless it is irrelevant as the Blues playoff spot is already guaranteed. However, the cup is still a live possibility for Searle and his team.

Two good results sends them to the decider - they just need to see their way past Dundalk if they are to advance.

We will have updates on WLR throughout the game with Ray Scott reporting from the RSC.

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