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Wexford Youths WAFC v Castlebar Celtic

UCD Waves v Cork City WFC

Peamount United v Galway WFC

 

Wexford Youths Women’s v Castlebar Celtic, Ferrycarrig Park (2.00pm). Referee: Brian Fenlon

WEXFORD Youths host Castlebar Celtic as they look to continue their impressive early season form and extend their lead of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League.

Youths have been in inspired form picking up six wins from their first seven games and lead the league by two points from Raheny United.

“We’re picking up wins when we’re not playing well, which is a good sign and testament to the girls attitude,” explained Wexford boss Willie Doyle.

 

“The girls have always wanted to win – now were going out and winning games,” he added, dismissing talk of league leader pressure.

“This year we’ve picked up points when we previously would have dropped points. It shows were progressing all the time.”

Doyle has injury concerns with Orlaith Conlon, Beccy Hayden and Orla Hickey out of Sunday’s tie with Jenny Clifford and Amy Walshe also doubtful.

“Castlebar are a good team and this is a massive challenge,” declared Doyle. “They’re improving every week and put it up to Raheny United last weekend.”

Youths have found the back of the net 16 times this season, with the goals spread across seven different players – Claire O’Riordan having bagged five.

 

“There’s a good balance of girls scoring goals.We try to make sure all players have a role in the team and they can step to the plate,” he added.

Castlebar boss Adrian Carberry is aware of the challenge facing his side. “Wexford have really kicked on from last year when they won the league cup,” Carberry said.

“They’re in great form. It’s great to see one of the teams outside the main Dublin club’s mixing it up at the top of league.

“I’m under no doubts about how tough a game were in for on Sunday. It’s a mammoth trip for us, travelling from Castlebar.”

Celtic currently lie fifth in the table with two wins to their credit, finding the net on 14 occasions.

 

“We’ve been creating a lot of chances but not taking them,” Carberry said. “We had Emma Mullen last year who got 14 goals.

“We’ve been so creative all season we have to start taking our chances, which we’ll aim to do from Sunday.”

Goalkeeper Rachel King and Jess Nolan both received heavy knocks in last week’s defeat to Raheny United and are doubtful for Sunday’s game.

 

UCD Waves v Cork City Women’s FC, Jackson Park (2.00m). Referee: Rhona Daly

CHARLIE Lynch’s Cork City Women’s FC travel to UCD Waves in search of their first win of the season, while a victory for Waves will see them move to second place in the table.

 

Lynch remains optimistic about his sides chances on the trip to Jackson Park.

“We were unlucky to lose against Wexford last weekend and I felt it was a closer game than the two nil score line suggested,” he said.

“I was especially happy with Ciara Desmond’s contribution and we know she can be a big player for us in the coming weeks.”

The Leesiders are without Katie McCarthy, who picked up an ankle injury last weekend, while Nathalie O’Brien remains out with a broken leg.

Fiona Considine and Chloe Ahern are still slowly working their way back to full fitness. Shannon Carson has recovered from the illness which curtailed her involvement last Sunday.

 

“This will be a difficult game but we as always travel optimistic of getting a result,” admitted Lynch.

“After having nearly a full month off due to postponements we are getting back into the swing of things.”

Waves coach Eileen Gleeson was glad to get back to winning ways last weekend, coming away from Galway with a 2 – 1 victory having lost their last league outing to Wexford Youths and the Women’s FAI Continental Tyres Cup Final to Raheny United.

“We showed good character to get the win in Galway,” explained Gleeson. “We went behind but fought back into the game, Galway have a very tough defence.

“I’m just looking to keep up winning ways. We had two big losses but we have enough experience to keep the show on the road.

“Cork are a lot better than last year. They’re are improving all the time. They’re a tough side and have made a couple of good new signings.

“Training went well this week and last and we’ve built a good moral for a new team. We have no injury concerns which is a bonus.”

 

Peamount United v Galway WFC, Greenogue (2.00pm). Referee: Natasha Valentini

DON O’Riordan’s Galway WFC travel to Peamount United on Sunday in search of their first win of the season.

“We had a very close game earlier in the season,” said O’Riordan ahead of what he expects will be a great tussle in Greenouge.

“I thought we gave a great account of ourselves against Waves last Sunday. The girls were fantastic and every one of them gave 100 per cent.

 

“Ruth Fahy and Medabh DeBurca were outstanding in the centre of midfield – our performance in taking the lead showed how good we are.

“I just feel if we can perform like we did against Raheny and the Waves we can beat any of the teams in the league. We have to turn up and we can get the result.”

The Tribeswomen are without Carla Mullins who is a long term injury concern, though O’Riordan has a number of players returning to the squad having completed study requirements.

Sunday shall be Peamount’s first game since October with Robbie Mulligan very hopeful the game will go ahead despite the inclement weather.

“Were raring to go,” grinned Mulligan. “The pitch is in good condition and we have an all-weather pitch as a back-up. We’ve trained well for three weeks, so were chomping at the bit for a game.

“Galway have been competitive in their games so far, they could have picked up more points. We’re under no illusions on how tough Sunday could be.

“We took three points in Galway earlier this season, I see no reason why we can’t picked up three points on Sunday.

 

“We had a good start then a little dip so were looking forward to getting going again. If we can get a good run up to Christmas we can be contention for the title.

“Everyone can take points off each, so home games could be the decider.”

On the injury front Michelle Dunne is out of Sunday’s game, though Mulligan expects to have the rest of his panel available

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