A place in the first Cup final of the 2019 season is on offer this weekend as the semi-finals of the Só Hotels Women’s National League Cup take place.

Cup holders Peamount United will be looking to take a further step towards retaining the silverware when they travel to Tolka Park to face Shelbourne at 2pm on Saturday.

The second semi-final also takes place on the same day when Wexford Youths host Limerick at Ferrycarrig Park at 2.30pm.

Shelbourne boss Dave Bell is expecting nothing less than a tough game for his side, when they take on last year’s winners and current league leaders, Peamount.

“I think it’s safe for me to say that we are the underdogs going into the game. They have had an excellent start to the season. They beat us when we played them in the league and I’d have to say that I felt they deserved the win that day,” said Bell.

However, he added that his team have also been doing well of late and are keen to put their best foot forward in the tie.

He said: “We have been working hard and I think we are a good footballing team, we’ve also being scoring goals. So, I think both managers will be going into it expecting a tough game. I can’t see it being an easy one and hopefully it is a good spectacle for the fans.”

Along with Peamount, Wexford Youths will also go into their game as favourites, a role their manager Tom Elmes will be keen to live up to.

Speaking ahead of their tie, Elmes said for him the game is all about building momentum and keeping up winning ways.

He said: “We have been missing players for the last few weeks, but we have everyone back now and everyone is fit and raring to go. We are well prepared and are looking forward to the game. For us this game is about continuing to build momentum.

“Winning becomes a mentality and we need to keep getting wins in order to keep the pressure on. We have tough games coming up, against Galway and Peamount, so we are keen not to let anything slip.”

Wexford Youths claimed their spot in the semi-finals by beating Kilkenny United in the previous round, while Limerick saw off Galway.

Shels defeated Cork City to make it through the quarter-finals and Peamount came out the winners from their tie against DLR Waves.

There is also one game in the Só Hotels Women’s National League this weekend – Galway host Kilkenny United at Eamonn Deacy Park at 5.30pm on Saturday in a game that was rescheduled from the fourth series of fixtures.

FIXTURES - Saturday, June 1

Só Hotels Women’s National League Cup Semi-Finals
Shelbourne v Peamount United, Tolka Park, 2pm
Wexford Youths v Limerick, Ferrycarrig Park, 2.30pm

Só Hotels Women’s National League
Galway WFC v Kilkenny United, Eamonn Deacy Park, 5.30pm

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