The fight to keep the pressure on league leaders Peamount United continues this weekend, as all eight Só Hotels Women’s National League sides are in action.

There are two games on both Saturday and Sunday in what is shaping up to be another hotly-contested league campaign.

Peamount play host to Galway on Saturday evening in a game that has a 6.30pm kick-off at PRL Park in Greenogue.

And there is another big game at the same time, as Wexford Youths welcome Cork City to Ferrycarrig Park also at 6.30pm.

Limerick have a big test on Sunday afternoon when they welcome high-scoring Shelbourne to Markets Field at 2pm.

And speaking ahead of that tie, Limerick manager Dave Rooney explained that he is “obviously expecting a very tough game”.

“We know it will be a difficult game for us. From what we’ve seen so far, Shelbourne are probably the best footballing side in the league. They knock it about really well, and they’ve obviously no problem scoring goals. Our aim will be to soak up the pressure for the first 45 minutes and then you never know where a game can go after that,” added Rooney.

As is firmly the way at Limerick WFC, Rooney was keen to impress that the club’s aims are in no way short-term – they are clearly planning for the future.

He said: “This is a long-term project for us, we are building something here for the future. We have excellent young players that still obviously need to develop. When we started off this was a bit of a tough sell, particularly to the more senior players, but I think people can see what we are doing now. It’s important in terms of the development of the game here. I’ve such faith in what we’re doing, I nearly want to fast-forward to this time next year to see where we are then.”

But before that, Rooney is hoping his side can do as well as possible this season, and is taking every game as it comes.

He said: “We are short a few this week as we have a few players away with the Ireland Under-16s. Also, Sophie Liston is still nursing a knee injury, so we’ll be without her too. But with the Under-17s not playing this week, that gives us more scope, so we have a good squad to pick from for the game.”

Kilkenny United and DLR Waves are also in action at 2pm on Sunday – that game will take place at The Watershed in Gallowshill.

Saturday, May 25: Wexford Youths v Cork City FC, Ferrycarrig Park KO: 6.30pm
Saturday, May 25: Peamount United v Galway Women's FC, PRL Park, Greenogue KO: 6.30pm
Sunday, May 26: Limerick v Shelbourne, Markets Field KO: 2pm
Sunday, May 26: Kilkenny United v DLR Waves, The Watershed, KO: 2pm

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