Shelbourne Ladies ready to avenge last year’s Women’s Senior Cup Final defeat
Shelbourne Ladies are looking to use last year’s defeat as motivation for Women’s Senior Cup final success at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
Mark Leavy’s side are currently top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League and go into Sunday’s final on the back of an impressive 6-1 win over Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park last Saturday.
Shels’ striker Leanne Kiernan, who recently netted four times against Macedonia for Republic of Ireland U19s in a 10-0 win, scored a brace against Galway with a number of players displaying fine form in the run-up to the final.
Leavy is delighted to see his players gain international recognition but also wants his side to display their very best against Wexford Youths on Sunday.
The Shelbourne manager said: “We’ve recently seen the likes of Noelle Murray and Leanne Kiernan go away with the international teams and perform which is great for the club. It adds a prestige to the work we’re doing here and long may it continue.
“I think the players have learnt a lot since last year and I really believe they’ll be better for the experience of the penalty shoot-out defeat in last year’s final.
“We’ve beat Wexford Youths already this season but this is a completely separate occasion and we can’t have any complacency heading into today’s game. It’s going to be tough so we need to play to our very best in what should be a great occasion.”
Shelbourne had to come through a difficult run to make the final after recording a 4-0 win in the quarter-finals at Cork City Women’s and a 4-1 victory at Peamount United.
With last season’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Youths still a clear memory in her mind, Shels captain Pearl Slattery admits the group can’t wait to get started with another Continental Tyres Women’s Senior Cup final.
Slattery said: “We’ve been buzzing since we beat Peamount in the semi-final. It was a tough draw for us so we were really happy with the result.
“It’s great to be in another final, we were beaten last year on penalties which is the way football goes sometimes but since pre-season started, we’ve been fighting for every point and definitely improved.
“The experience of actually playing in the Aviva will serve us well. Just being in the Aviva can sort of get on top of you. It’s my third time playing there so you can get used to it.
“For the younger players in the squad, last year was a great experience for them and I’m sure they’ll be ready to go this year. It’s a great day for everyone involved at the club and we’re really looking forward to it.”
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