Continental Tyres Women’s National League Previews
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Continental Tyres Women’s National League
Galway WFC v Castlebar Celtic, Eamonn Deacy Park (2.00pm). Referee: Marc Lynch.
GALWAY WFC will host Connacht neighbours at Eamonn Deacy Park looking to cut the gap between the two sides in the lower half of the table.
Don O’Riordan insists his Tribeswomen have shown over the season that they are a rising force in the league and will be a better team again next term.
“We’d love to go out with a victory. It’s been a big learning curve for myself this season. The league has been very enjoyable and frustrating at times too but we’ve improved a lot as a team but we didn’t improve on our status in the table so that’s a disappointment,” he said.
“I feel we’ve created a very good foundation going forward with a very young team that’s been learning all the time and a pleasure working with them. The commitment they gave myself and Dave Morrissey has been fantastic.
“We’d love to go out with a win and we’d love to attract some quality experienced players to work with the quality young players we have here. We’ve a three year plan hoping to win the league within three years and Wexford have shown teams like us that want to progress what can be done. We’ll look to be a force next season.”
Adrian Carberry has decided that this will be his last game as Castlebar Celtic coach and would love to exit the role on a positive.
“It’s been a brilliant experience. I consider it a great help to me as a coach. I’ll always remember the cup final at the Aviva Stadium although we didn’t win and I hope the club will always remember it,” said Carberry.
“I feel the best thing is for me to move on. I’d like to thank everybody at the club for giving me the opportunity to work with elite players. I’ve enjoyed working with a great group of people. We hope to go out on a high note. There’ll always be something in a derby game. They are a proud team who’ve made great improvements.”
Peamount United v Raheny United, Greenogue (2.00pm). Referee: Vikki Finley
Peamount United showed with their 1-0 win over champions Wexford Youths last time out that they have a talented young squad that will be worth watching next season.
They face deposed champs Raheny United on Sunday in a league game that will act as a dress rehearsal for the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup final meeting between the two sides next weekend.
Raheny beat Galway WFC 3-2 in their last league game and are in good form but Peamount are not lacking for any confidence themselves at present.
“I’m sure the players will have their eye on the final but we want to build on our league form. We had a good win in Cork and Wexford and we’d love another win to set us up nicely for the final,” said Peas coach Robbie Mulligan.
“The players know they can either play their way into the final or out of it. Raheny have real quality and we’ll expect two tough games whatever side they put out.
“We have a lot of young talent and we proved against Wexford that even with five players missing we have quality in our ranks. We want to finish the season off on a high and take the strong finish into next season.”
Raheny coach Casey McQuillan has the height of respect for Peamount and anticipates a very testing encounter in this league fixture let alone in next week’s cup final.
“Neither team will want to give much away. We have some injuries that we’ll have to manage. It’s the shame to play each other so close to the final but that happens in football,” he said.
“Peamount have a very good structure so will always have good players coming through. They got a kick last summer and have recovered from it. They drew with us and beat Wexford recently. They’re littered with underage internationals. Those players will keep developing.
“We let ourselves down a bit this year – some of it is the manager’s fault, some of it the players and some of it involved other elements and we didn’t handle things as well as we could have. We want to win our remaining games to finish as high up the table as we can.”
UCD Waves v Wexford Youth Women’s AFC, Jackson Park (2.00pm). Referee: Rhona Daly
CHAMPIONS Wexford Youths will travel to Jackson Park for their final game of an historic season to face a UCD Waves side that will look to prove their own quality to the rest of the league.
Eileen Gleeson’s Students have no shortage of quality in their ranks and will look to consolidate second spot in the table.
“We want to secure second place in the league and we have to keep going right until the end,” said Gleeson.
“We’re looking forward to playing again after an extremely long break. They’re very strong and well organised and proved tough opponents and that was proven by them winning the league so we know what to expect.”