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Waterford United v Cobh Ramblers at the RSC Monday, March 19, 2013 (KO 7.45pm) EA Sports Cup Round One.

Blues Again Set To Welcome Old Foes

Having fallen foul of the sudden blizzard conditions on Suirside last week, Waterford United's first competitive tie against Cobh Ramblers in over five years is set for this Tuesday night at the RSC (KO 7.45pm).

The sides last met in the Munster Senior Cup in February 2008, with Cobh winning out 8-7 in a marathon penalty shoot-out, and it's been a further year since their last meeting in this competition, which threw the teams together with regularity over the '90s and noughties, with Ramblers again taking the tie by the odd goal in three in May of 2007.

In fact, though the surprisingly short League head-to-head record (the teams missed each other 15 of Cobh's 24 seasons between election and dropping to the 'A' Championship) comes out overwhelmingly in the Suirsiders' favour, Cup matches, the League Cup in particular, have been very much Ramblers forte.

The Blues go into the game still smarting from a 2-1 loss at Longford Town, a match where they were left rueing missed chances, particularly one early and one late, which might have changed the complexion of the game. Added to the concession of a late equaliser in their opening game, and it has been an unsatisfactory start for United in terms of results, if not performance. Cobh, on the other hand, followed a spectacular opening thrashing of Wexford Youths with an almost as emphatic reverse at Finn Harps at the weekend, and so their early season form has still to be decided.

With no suspensions in place, Blues boss Paul O'Brien only has worries over Michael Coady (groin) and Dylan Mernagh (illness), apart from long-term injury absentee Peter Keegan. Peter White returned from flu to play a part in the Longford game, and Jack Doherty and Kevin O'Connor are also available again after international duty with the Ireland Schools team.

The Missing List:

Suspensions: None.

Injury: Peter Keegan (knee) - out; Michael Coady (groin) - doubt; Dylan Mernagh (illness) - doubt

Recent Form:

Last Match: Longford Town 2 - 1 Waterford United

Form:

All: LWWLD DL League: DL

Head-To-Head League Stats:

Home Record:

Played 12 - Won 9 - Drawn 3 - Lost 0 - Goals For 24 - Goals Against 9

Away Record:

Played 13 - Won 8 - Drawn 3 - Lost 2 - Goals For 20 - Goals Against 13

Total Record:

Played 25 - Won 17 - Drawn 6 - Lost 2 - Goals For 44 - Goals Against 22

Record Home Win: 3-0 (1996/97)

Record Away Win: 3-1 (1989/90 x2)

Record Home Defeat: 1-2 (FD Shield 1997/98 & FD Cup 2002/03)

Record Away Defeat: 0-4 (1988/89 & LC 1994/95)

Record Aggregate Score: 6 - 3-3 home League draw 2001/02

Head-to-Head Recent Results:

17 Feb 08 MSC Waterford United 2 - 2 Cobh Ramblers

08 May 07 LC Cobh Ramblers 2 - 1 Waterford United

03 Apr 06 LC Cobh Ramblers 2 - 0 Waterford United

21 Jun 05 LC Cobh Ramblers 0 - 1 Waterford United

14 Dec 02 Lge Cobh Ramblers 2 - 3 Waterford United

26 Sep 02 Lge Waterford United 2 - 0 Cobh Ramblers

04 Jul 02 FDC Waterford United 1 - 2 Cobh Ramblers

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