Só Hotels Women’s National League champions Wexford Youths have a big test ahead of them this weekend when they travel to Dublin to take on in-form Shelbourne.


And neither side has been lacking in fire-power either, as they have scored 45 goals between them in the first six games of the season.

Wexford Youths manager Tom Elmes (pictured) is expecting a competitive game when the sides meet at Frank Cooke Park in north Dublin on Saturday at 2pm.

Elmes said: “We’re looking forward to the game, we’re coming into it on the back of a good result and we need to keep getting those results in order to keep us up at the top of the table and in the running for the league. We know that Shels are coming into the game on the back of some good recent results too – we’re well aware of that – but we are prepared for what is ahead of us in the game.”

While Peamount have won six out of six so far, the teams around them are keen to keep the pressure on every week.

Elmes said: “Shels have some really good young players, and they have been doing really well too, and scoring plenty of goals - we certainly don’t underestimate them. But we have everyone fit and raring to go and are up for what’s ahead of us on Saturday.”

Despite capturing the title last season, Elmes explained that Youths are constantly looking to develop their game.

“We have been working a lot on the fitness of the players this year. When we took part in the Champions League last season, we could see the difference in terms of fitness between us and the teams we played, and so we have learned that lesson, we know that is something we need to be constantly working on. So since pre-season, fitness has been a big priority for us and we have certainly improved the intensity of our training,” added Elmes.

However, he knows that his side are not the only ones working hard to improve the standard in this year’s Women’s National League.

He said: “While that has been an improvement for us, we know the teams around us are getting better too. Peamount are really showing what they are capable of now. They had quite a few new players last year and it was always going to take time for them to gel, but now that they have, they are doing really well.”

There are two other games this weekend in the Só Hotel Women’s National League.

DLR Waves welcome league leaders Peamount to Jackson Park on Saturday evening, with that game kicking-off at 7pm, and on Sunday afternoon, Cork City will play host to Galway at 2pm in Bishopstown.

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