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Castlebar Celtic v Cork City Women’s FC

Saturday, October 18, Celtic Park,7pm. Referee: Irma Mulvihill

The bottom two in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League meet on Saturday evening with both teams looking for their first win of the season.

Player/coach Maz Sweeney takes temporary charge of Castlebar Celtic, as manager Adrian Carberry is unavailable for this fixture. “The girls know themselves that we have to start putting points on the board. We shouldn’t be sitting bottom of the table,” said Sweeney.

Defender Aisling Egan is out of Saturday evening’s tie and Sweeney has doubts over forward Shaunagh Jackson. “We’re confident we have a strong squad to cope with the injuries and that we can we put three points,” Sweeney proclaimed. “I’m looking forward to Saturday evening, it’s a different challenge for me personally. Cork are a lot stronger than they were last year, we have to use home advantage.”

The Leesiders are missing five players going into Saturday night. Angie Carry is suspended, while Stacey Paul is unavailable through work commitments. Injury rules out Chloe Ahern, Nathalie O’Brien and Fiona Considine.

“Missing five players from the squad is a small set-back and hopefully we’ll get everyone back into the fold soon,” said manager Charlie Walsh. “In spite of these losses, we travel in confident mood that we will give another good performance. Training continues to go well with our new signings Ciara Desmond and Vanessa Ogbonna settling in extremely well and getting used to how we want to play.

“I have full faith in my players this season to achieve results,” added McCarthy.

 

Raheny United v Galway WFC

Sunday, October 19, Morton Stadium,2pm. Referee: Paula Brady

Defending champions Raheny United host Galway WFC on Sunday after their European campaign came to an end on Thursday. Casey McQuillian’s side lost 2-1 in the second leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League tie to Bristol Academy.

“We gave a better account of ourselveson Thursday night, which was positive, though we would have liked to get a result.” admitted Casey McQuillan. “It’s going to be a tough challenge, Galway have been unlucky this season and the loss to Wexford last week was a surprise,” added McQuillan.

Raheny are without Claire Shine and have concerns over Noelle Murray, Rebecca Creagh and Lauren Dwyer, who all started against Bristol Academy. “We have a couple of concerns over the three players we took off against Bristol and I’m expecting a tough game.”

Galway boss Don O’Riordan is looking to get back on track after last week’s 5-1 defeat to Wexford Youths. “We thought we’d taken a step forward after beating Cork, I think we’ve taken two steps back after last week’s result,” revealed O’Riordan.

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work in training over the week and we know that Raheny is a big challenge. We’ll need 11 players to compete on Sunday, I know we’re definitely not the team that played against Wexford last weekend.”

                                                                           

Wexford Youths Women v Peamount United

Sunday, October 19, Ferrycarrig Park,2pm. Referee: Jimmy Kelly

Peamount United travel to Wexford on Sunday looking to bounce straight back from last week’s heavy defeat to UCD Waves.

“We were very disappointed last week,” admitted manager Robbie Mulligan. “We’ve brushed ourselves down and had a good week’s training and we can bounce right back.”

The Peas are without the injured Michelle Dunne and Sylvia Gee, while Eleanor Ryan-Doyle is on international duty with the Irish under 17’s. “Wexford are a strong side and very well organised, it’ll be a tough game but we can march on towards the top two,” said Mulligan.

Wexford go into the game on the back of an impressive 5-1 win over Galway but manager Willie Doyle is not reading too much into the margin of victory. “We got the breaks against Galway,” explained Wexford boss Willie Doyle. “It had been a very tight game until we scored, Galway could have had a penalty. We’ve won three of the first four, so we’re going in the right direction. If we can win, we’ll stay in touch with the top two.”

Doyle also admitted that he is expecting a backlash from Peamount as they try to erase the memory of last week’s heavy defeat.

“Peamount’s loss to UCD was a shock and they’re going to be like caged animals. I expect them to come at us from the off. The first goal will be crucial, if we get it, it may just knock Peamount’s confidence a bit more.”

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