Third plays second in the Eircom League First Division tonight as Waterford United welcome high-flying Sporting Fingal to the RSC (kick-off: 7.45).

Fresh from another draw with Athlone Town, the third of the season between the clubs, manager Gareth Cronin is keen to see his side get back to winning ways.

“I thought we played well for most of the game but we were bitterly disappointed to drop two points again,” said the Blues boss, reflecting on Tuesday night’s draw.

“We need to learn how to close out games, that’s twice in a fortnight we have conceded late equalisers.”

And what of tonight’s opponents? “Fingal are flying, and, of the top four, are the only club with the wherewithal to strengthen their squad considerably in the transfer window,” said Cronin.

“Their squad has immense quality, but we are the home team, and I expect us to make a real fight of it.”

Cronin will have to plan without the services of Karl Bermingham, who serves the second of his suspensions for the red card against Shelbourne.

Midfielder Gary Dunphy, who damaged ankle ligaments in training last week is also out of contention and is likely be to spend a fortnight on the treatment table.

Goalkeeper Packie Holden is back in contention after suffering a facial injury last Friday, while midfielder Paul McCarthy is due to be back in training earlier than previously anticipated.