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Continental Tyres Women’s National League Previews – Sunday, March 22

Galway WFC v Wexford Youth’s Women’s, Eamonn Deacy Park (4.30pm), Referee: Irma Mulvihill

Wexford Youths continue their quest for the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title away to Galway WFC on Sunday. Youths top the table with 37 points, five clear of UCD Waves with Youths having just four games remaining, and a game in hand on Waves.

However, Youths exited the Continental Tyres Women’s League Cup on Wednesday evening at the hands of Raheny United and are hoping to bounce back on Sunday.

“We were disappointed with the performance against Raheny United on Wednesday night” explained Youths’ boss Willie Doyle. “We’re looking to bounce right back. Galway are a superb team. They have been unlucky not to pick up more wins and should have got a couple of more draws. It’s up to us to go up and get a result,” added Doyle who has a full panel to select from except for long term injuries, Rianna Jarrett and Becky Cashin.

“Anything can happen in any given game, the difference on Wednesday night was we were off the pace in the second half,” said Doyle who is refusing to rule champions Raheny United out of the title race, even though they are 10 point behind in third place with a game in hand.

“Raheny are still very much in the title race> People like to look at it and say they are out of it, but it’s still one step at a time.”

Don O’Riordan’s Galway picked up their second win of the season last Sunday after a 2-0 away to Cork City Women.

“The next two games are very important for us” explained a determined O’Riordan. “We want to prove to the world that we have a false league position and that we don’t want to lose to teams like Raheny or Wexford. UCD will be looking for us to them a favour on Sunday, but we’re not interested in that, we’re looking to do ourselves a favour.”

O’Riordan is without Marie Curtin but hopes to welcome back goalkeeper Tina Hughes who was injured during the warm up last Sunday.

“Louise Coyle came in for her debut after Tina picked up an injury,” explained “O’Riordan. “Louise did well and it was nice to get a win on her debut. I’m hoping to have Tina back for Sunday, We have shown how good we are and the players want to prove that.”

Peamount United v UCD Waves, Greenogue (12.00pm). Referee: Rhona Daly.

Second place UCD Waves travel to Peamount United for the first fixture of the weekend. Waves boss Eileen Gleeson is hoping to build on last Sunday’s victory away to Raheny United and push Wexford Youths Women all the way for the title.

“We’re in good form, we really enjoyed the victory over Raheny United last week and we’re looking for three wins from three for the season. It was important to get three points on the board. We were slow to start but I thought we were well worth the win,” added Gleeson. “I think there are still a couple of twists and turns left this season. It’s really set up for a big finish especially with such a heavy fixture list. All eyes are on Wexford’s games. All teams have progressed throughout the season though and there really is potential for surprises to happen.”

Waves are without long term injuries Kerrie Ryan and Dora Gorman while Niamh Prior and Danni Murray are on international duty with the Women’s U17 team.

Peamount face into their penultimate home game of the season, having gone down 2-1 against Castlebar Celtic last Saturday.

“As a squad we have been improving all season despite our ups and downs with results,” explained Pea’s boss Robbie Mulligan. “The girls have trained very hard and well this week and we are growing every week. We are seeing improvements on and off the pitch. We expect another tough game against probably the most talented playing squad in the league. UCD are in great form coming into this game and we will be looking forward to a better performance than we put in last week against Castlebar.”

Mulligan is without the injured Anna McCormack and Laura Traynor, while Eleanor Ryan Doyle and Lucy McCarton who are on international duty with the Ireland U17 squad.

Cork City versus Raheny United has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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