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Cork City Women's FC v Raheny United

 

Peamount United v Wexford Youths Women's AFC

Sunday, February 15

Continental Tyres Women’s League

Cork City Women's FC v Raheny United, Bishopstown (3.00pm). Referee: Sinead Forde.

RAHENY United gave an ominous warning to the rest of the Continental Tyres Women’s League last week with their 8-0 defeat of Castlebar Celtic in the cup and Cork City Women’s FC will be hoping they can upset the odds to secure their first win of the campaign.

Cork City expect to have a strong hand to choose from. Tara Murphy is expected to be the only absentee through injury. Angie Carry and Norma Healy return while Nathalie O’Brien has recovered from a broken leg and will be involved, while Laura Medbury and Nicole Smith are also poised to return. Ciara McNamara returns from suspension and Emer Gilroy and Chloe Ahern return following exam commitments.

Manager Charlie Lynch said: “We have been struggling to field a fully fit team in the last couple of weeks with a lot of players on the treatment table – however, I was impressed with the girls resilience and our troubles seem to be clearing coming into this rescheduled game. 

“It’s very pleasing to see Nathalie O’Brien back in full training as she had a tough time out with her broken leg but she has been working extremely hard to reach peak fitness and should play some part. Raheny can be a difficult side to play at any time and we will have to be on top form but hopefully we can take something from this game.”

Casey McQuillan continues to operate without Clare Shine, Bethany Holdsworth and Megan Lynch while Rachel Graham is working her way back to fitness. Lauren Dwyer returns to the squad.

“We were in good form last week and created chances. Castlebar were a bit below par and we punished them but it was good to be finishing those chances,” said McQuillan.

“I want more of the same from our end of things. We can’t underestimate Cork or anybody else but if we apply ourselves the right way I’ll be happy enough that we can win any game we play in this league.”

 

Peamount United v Wexford Youths Women's AFC, Greenogue (2.00pm). Referee: Paula Brady.

AFTER the excitement of last week’s penalty shoot-out victory over Galway WFC in the Continental Tyre’s Women’s National League Cup semi-final Peamount United have another massive game this week when they host leaders Wexford Youths at Greenogue.

Robbie Mulligan is hoping his young side can continue their recent impressive form when they take on the impressive Model County outfit.

“After winning last weekend there’s a lot of impetus to look forward to this massive game against one of the best teams in the country,” said Mulligan.

“There was a mixture of relief and excitement at the end of the game last week but when we had time to take it all in we were all very pleased. The senior players see this as an opportunity to pick up some more silverware and the young players are very pleased to have a cup final to look forward to. Training was full of enthusiasm this week/

“We’ll be going into this game looking to get revenge for our narrow loss to Wexford in October. We were disappointed not to get something from that game down there. We know we’ll be against a well organised committed side with a lot of experience and that’s coming to the fore but we’re ready for the challenge.”

Peamount continue with Michelle Dunne as a long term absentee while Anna McCormack suffered an injury in training this week. Sylvia Gee, Jessica Gargan and Laura Traynor all picked up knocks last week so will be hoping they come through. “We’ve a lot of young players looking for an opportunity to show what they can do so this is the perfect time for them to step up,” added Mulligan.

Wexford Youths boss Willie Doyle anticipates a massive challenge against the ever-improving Peas this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to playing one of the top teams in the league. They’ll be on a high after winning their semi-final and are unbeaten in quite a few games now so it’ll a tough encounter,” he said.

“When we played them down in our place it was very close. They had a young team but those players have a lot of experience under their belt now. Robbie has done a great job with them.

“We’re delighted with where we are and having points on the table. All we can do is just keep looking to picking them up and see where that leaves us.”

Youths are without Rianna Jarrett through injury while Jess Gleeson, Kyle Murphy and Edel Kennedy are hoping to be back. Carol Breen and Orlagh Conlon are also recovering from injuries.

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