GARETH MAHER - Thursday, September 16, 2010
Ryan Guy could miss St. Patrick's Athletic's FAI Cup clash with Sporting Fingal through injury, but Chris Konopka hopes to earn a rare start for Waterford United in their First Division game against Mervue United.
St. Patrick's Athletic - Sporting Fingal
Guy has been lucky to avoid injuries for the most part of his time with St. Pat's, although he is a major doubt for Saturday's FAI Cup encounter at Richmond Park with holders Sporting Fingal on Saturday.
The San Diego native limped off in last week's 3-1 defeat to Shamrock Rovers with a knee injury and missed Monday's defeat to UCD, so he is unlikely to start this cup quarter-final.
The absence of Guy would be a massive blow for the Saints, who are also missing Chris Bennion and Garreth O'Connor whom are both cup-tied, along with David McAllister due to suspension, Gareth Coughlan with a broken leg and Paul Byrne with an ankle injury.
Head coach Pete Mahon may name Guy amongt his substitutes if he comes through a full training session on Friday afternoon as the club will need his influence if they are have any chance of reaching the semi-finals of the a competition that they have not won since 1961.
Sporting, who won the cup last year, have doubts hanging over Ger O'Brien and Shane McFaul, who are both struggling with ankle injuries.
Mervue United - Waterford United
Time is running out for Konopka to break back into the Waterford starting line-up, but he remains hopeful of featuring in this game at Terryland Park on Friday.
The agile shot-stopper has found himself as a back-up to rookie goalkeeper Kevin Burns, although his experience may see him get the nod from coach Stephen Henderson.
For this game, the Blues have a full roster to choose from following the return of Alan Carey and Shane Barrett from injury, while Michael Coady is free of suspension.
Victory would move Waterford onto 51 points and boost their chances of clinching a promotion play-off spot, but there are still a lot of tough games to come for the Munster team.