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Continental Tyres Women’s National League Previews: 04-05 April 2015

Saturday, April 4

Wexford Youths Women’s AFC v Peamount United, Ferrycarrig Park, 17:00.

WEXFORD Youths boss Willie Doyle has called upon the local football community to come out in force at Ferrycarrig Park tomorrow evening to pay tribute to his Continental Tyres Women’s National League championship winning side.

The Model County outfit host Peamount United in one of their final two fixtures with the trophy to be presented at the end of the game. Doyle believes the squad deserves to be lauded for their success.

“There is no pressure on the girls in our final fixtures and we’ll be telling them to just go out and play. Hopefully they’ll show everyone how good they are and have been this season,” said Doyle.

“They deserve a big turnout as they’ve done really well. These are games to celebrate their excellent achievement and everybody is fit desperate to play.

“I haven’t had much opportunity to celebrate the success myself as it was literally a case of straight back into work afterwards so I’m looking forward to tomorrow and seeing the squad recognised for their title win.”

Doyle’s own status has a coach has certainly been enhanced with his success with Wexford to go along with his playing successes which included a Premier Division winners’ medal with Bohemians and a First Division winners’ medal with Shamrock Rovers.

Peamount will operate without Anna McCormack, Linda Douglas, Mags Doyle and Michelle Dunne with Eleanor Ryan Doyle and Lucy McCartan also unavailable as they are with Ireland WU17s.

“We’re looking forward to it. They’re champions and have done their job. We want to keep building and show we are better than we did in previous games against them,” said Peas boss Robbie Mulligan.

“They proved to be the best side in the league this year. Nobody could argue with it and they really improved so deserve their success. It’s been no fluke and they’ve laid the foundations for that.

“We’ve worked hard to improve ourselves and we want these three points and be ready for our own cup final. When we get this season completed we can plan for next season. We’ve a fair few players unavailable but it gives people a chance to stake a claim for a regular place.”

Castlebar Celtic v Cork City Women’s FC, Celtic Park, 17:00.

CASTLEBAR Celtic host Cork City Women’s FC tomorrow and will be down Rachel Kearns, Saoirse Ludden and Ciara Moore due to GAA commitments while Catherine Hyndman has ligament damage and Jess Nolan is with the Ireland WU17s.

“This game is important for both sides. If our players perform we should be alright. Cork haven’t had a good season either and when things aren’t going well it’s not easy for anybody. It’s very frustrating,” said Adrian Carberry.

“If players aren’t fully committed then they won’t be able to play at the top level of the game in this country.”

Cork have endured a couple of difficult weeks with injuries and absentees mounting but have kept competing. Angie Carry and Norma Healy expect to return to fitness. Nathalie O’Brien and Laura Medbury should also be available after minor knocks.

City manager Charlie Lynch said: “Our squad has taken a few knocks since the turn of the year and we’ve found it tough going. Hopefully a lot of these problems are clearing now and we’re hopeful travelling up to Mayo. Castlebar have a good side but we hope to give a good account of ourselves up there and try to get points on the board.”

Meanwhile, Cork City Women’s FC recently announced an upcoming Easter Soccer Camp in association with Cork Institute of Technology from April 7-9. The camp, which is being given by qualified FAI will cost €35. To get an application form, contact or phone 0876750873.

Sunday, April 5

Raheny United v Galway WFC, Morton Stadium, 13:00.

DEPOSED Champions Raheny United will host Galway WFC at Morton Stadium looking to secure second spot while the visitors have their own aims of showing they can compete with the top sides.

Raheny are missing Jamie Finn and Amanda McQuillan on WU17 international duty while Rachel Graham is still injured but Pearl Slattery returns from suspension.

“We’ve dropped points in six games this season and have to stop that. We’ve a cup final to look forward to at the end of the league campaign and also next year’s league to start thinking about. We can’t expect to keep challenging for titles if we drop points so easily,” said Casey McQuillan.

Galway boss Don O’Riordan, who is continuing his work on the UEFA Pro Licence with the FAI, believes his side have shown that they are one of the emerging teams in the league.

“We’ve had a break since the Wexford game and have had time to take stock,” he said.

“We’ve said that we’re looking for next season to see if we can step up to the mark. We have this game and Castlebar left so will be experimenting with a couple of players but not at the cost of results. We’ve played Wexford twice at home, drew one and lost 1-0, and people have said neutrals would wonder who was the side at the top of the league.

“The effort from the players has been excellent and the commitment has been total. It’ll be another good test for us against Raheny who we drew against up there after conceding a late equaliser. They scrap for everything and are still chasing second but we’ll be giving it 100 per cent to try and get a result ourselves.”

Issued by: Stephen Finn


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