Waterford FC goalkeeper and Paulstown’s Paul Martin was in fine form following “The Blues” 3-2 win over Dundalk at the RSC in the FAI Cup quarter-final.
We wouldn’t he? A trifecta of goals from Shane Griffin, Darragh Power and Phoneix Patterson seen his side beat the current champions to book their place in a semi-final while he was also being awarded the player of the month before the game.
The 23 year old joined Waterford in 2019 and seen observed many turbulent changes within the club with relegations, managers sacked and ownership changes, but that seems to be behind the Munster side now. Speaking to Oisin Langan after the game, it was clear the sky looks blue for some plain sailing going forward for Martin;
“I am absolutely over the moon, everyone in that dressing room is. We were confident going into the game. We were dominant and I thought we deserved it.”
“Everything is looking exciting down here at the moment. We knocked out the holders, we knocked out a team 3rd in the Premier Division. We are full of confidence down here. We have a great side, a new manager, and a new owner, it is exciting times.We are looking to get promoted and looking to win the cup. there is nothing less in our minds and we fully believe we can do it.”
Cup games are always testy affairs but a sibling rivalry definitely added more spice to the game. You see Pauls’s twin brother John was playing up front for Dundalk.
“It was mad, that was our first competitive game against each other. It was a weird one for our parents, looking on from the stands, not knowing who to support. I relished the opportunity to play against him, he is a great player.
Waterford FC have been drawn at home to Shelbourne in the Extra.ie FAI Cup semi final. Fixtures are scheduled for the week ending October 16th.
You can listen back to the interview in full with Paul and Oisin on Scoreline Extra.