June 20, 2021
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Waterford FC and Blues fans set to ‘light up’ RSC for Derry City’s visit tonight

A fan-led initiative by the Waterford FC supporters will see the RSC illuminated tonight in support of 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East.

Earlier this week Blues fans came up with an idea to really get behind the club’s efforts to support the 24/7 Cardiac Care campaign. They are asking all who attend tonight’s game against Derry City in the RSC, to put on the torch on their phone in the 24th minute to light up the stadium making a statement in support of 24/7 care.

Waterford FC  have gotten fully behind this campaign from the Blues supporters, tweeting their post “Light up the RSC for 24/7 Cardiac Care.

Just weeks ago club owner Lee Power announced he was forgoing sponsorship on Waterford FC’s jerseys this year and its place have the 24/7 campaign logo. Now the fans have really gotten behind this ethos from the club.

This will be the fans first chance to make the RSC into a staduim of light when the Blues returns to action after an unexpected break with the visit of Derry City this evening.

The Blues’ scheduled clash away to Sligo Rovers last Saturday was postponed due to the incoming storm so the squad were left with no game and a chance to start preparing for the visit of Derry this weekend.

Back-to-back defeats against Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers mean the Blues opening day win over St Pats is somewhat a memory, but Alan Reynolds’ side will be ready for their return to action and eager to get on the pitch again.

Despite defeat against Shamrock Rovers, where the Blues conceded twice early and were reduced to 10 men after 17 minutes, they defended well with the help of keeper Brian Murphy to ensure a battling second half remained scoreless.

The sides were no strangers to each other last season with Derry having the upper hand, with the Candystripes edging the Blues in the EA Sports Cup semi-final in the Brandywell to go with their league meetings.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s match against Derry, manager Alan Reynolds said: “Obviously we were disappointed to see our game last weekend cancelled but it is what it is. After a disappointing result against Shamrock Rovers the week before, the boys were all looking forward to getting going again and bringing that winning feeling back into the dressing room.

“With that said, we’ve just focused on this Friday after that cancellation and we’ve had a good week on the training pitch. We’re very much still a work in progress so some patience is needed, but we can see the progress that we can hopefully bring to the pitch on Friday night.

“Declan will have his side set up really well coming down. They had a good win last Friday night up in The Brandywell against Bohemians and scored two well-worked goals in a big win for them. It’ll have them on a wave of confidence but it’s been a fairly even contest between both clubs since we came back up so we’ll be well up for it.”

Andre Burley is suspended for tonight’s clash after his sending off against Shamrock Rovers.

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