Article courtesy of Gareth Maher - Irish Daily Mail on Monday 6th May
SO, it all comes to down to the final day, where victory for Raheny United would see them become the second team to lift the Bus Éireann Women’s National League.
Considering how competitive this season has been, it is only fitting that a dramatic finish is needed to crown the champions. And for Raheny, they
are exactly where they want to be.
After watching their Dublin rivals Peamount United beat them to the title last term by just three points, the northsiders vowed not to let anything similar happen again. in fact, it has been their biggest motivating factor all season.
However, captain Mary Waldron insists now is a time to keep their emotions in check and focus solely on beating Wexford Youths at home on Sunday. ‘Hopefully, we learned from last year, where we lost it at a crucial stage of the season. We’ve just been taking it game-by-game and now
we’re down to our last one and it’s in our own hands,’ said Waldron. ‘it’s all about concentration now. it would be unbelievable to win the league, but we certainly won’t take Wexford for granted because they are a very good team and have given us some tough games this season. ‘it’s just nice to be in this position because we have worked so hard for the whole season. Hopefully we can get it done now.’
For the football they have played, how they coped with losing manager Ger McDermott halfway through the season, and for how they are just as
strong in defence as attack, Raheny would be deserving winners. But discounting Peamount or even expecting Seán Byrne’s team to coast past Wexford would be very foolish. And that is why the final day should be one to remember.For Raheny, they could be chasing a domestic treble by then, should they overcome Castlebar Celtic in the National League Cup tonight. But Waldron is reluctant for the FAI Umbro Cup holders to get ahead of themselves.
‘We’ve got a semi-final next. there won’t be any talk of the treble until we get through that,’ she smiled.