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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Cup dream lives on for Irish keeper Darren

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph
Ireland keeper Darren Randolph

Ireland keeper Darren Randolph is dreaming of an appearance at Wembley in what he hopes will be the next chapter in West Ham's FA Cup success story.

Randolph is second-choice keeper at West Ham but boss Slaven Bilic has lived up to his promise of picking the Wicklow lad for FA Cup ties, and following Sunday's 1-1 draw away to Manchester United, the quarter-final replay offers Randolph more game time and a route to Wembley.

"It is going to be a great atmosphere for the replay and the standout moments for me this year atmosphere wise have been the Liverpool and Tottenham games," he says.

"It is going to be a special night and we fancy our chances against anybody. We are all looking forward to it.

"We are still only ninety minutes from playing at Wembley and it is the last ever cup match at the Boleyn Ground so it is going to be another special occasion."

Meanwhile, Mick McCarthy will give David McGoldrick a chance to prove his fitness in the Ipswich Town reserve side next week as the forward tries to put himself into contention for France 2016. McGoldrick has been missing since December due to a hamstring injury and is facing a major battle to win a place in Ireland's 23-man squad. "He'll play against Forest in the U21 game on Monday," said McCarthy.

McGoldrick did not feature in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

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