Wexford Youths WFC

Wexford Youths WFC aim for back-to-back Women’s Senior Cup victories

Wexford Youths Women are targeting back-to-back Women’s Senior Cup titles as they face Shelbourne Ladies at the Aviva Stadium.

Youths are set to defend their Continental Tyres Women’s Senior Cup crown after they won a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Shelbourne following a 2-2 draw after extra-time last year.

Gary Hunt’s side claimed an impressive 6-0 victory over Kilkenny United this week as striker Claire O’Riordan claimed an impressive hat-trick to increase her tally for the season to 14 goals in all competitions.

Ahead of the Cup Final on Sunday, O’Riordan admitted she has targets for the season and wants to score the winning goal to defend Youths’ crown.

The Youths striker said: “I do set targets. I think it’s important to do that, it was something I reflected on at the end of last season. I’ve scored a number of goals already this season and I’ll be looking to get one which could potentially win the cup for us.

“We’re all really excited, it’s not every day you get to play in the Aviva so it’s something we all can’t wait for.

“I think the experience of last year is probably a big thing. We’ve experienced it once so we know what to expect and what we are required to do. It’s a big occasion and it’s being televised so it adds an extra pressure but nothing we’re not used to.

“We’re looking to get a big crowd up to the game and that will definitely help us deal with the occasion.”

Youths suffered defeat to Shelbourne Ladies this season at Ferrycarrig Park as they recorded an impressive 3-1 win to strengthen their lead in the Women’s National League title race.

Manager Gary Hunt has urged his players to concentrate on themselves ahead of Sunday’s final and has also thanked the Youths support for their continued support of the team.

Hunt said: “We’re really looking forward to the game, it’s always a fantastic occasion. This group of players are a credit to themselves and continue to push each other week in, week out, and the build up to this game has been no different to any other.

“It is our job as coaches to channel their excitement into positive energy which in turn will bring the performance we know we’re capable of.

“We’ve faced Shelbourne a lot over the previous two seasons including last year’s brilliant final. We’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and the strengths we have rather than look too much at the opposition.

“I’d also like to thank our fans for their continued support of the team, it means a lot to all of the players and staff.”

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