Wexford Youths Women's AFC v Raheny United

UCD Waves v Castlebar Celtic

Peamount United v Cork Women's FC

Wexford Youths Women’s AFC v Raheny United, Ferrycarrig Park (2.00pm). Referee: Natasha Valentini

ONE of the biggest games in Irish women’s football will take place at Ferrycarrig Park this Sunday when league leaders Wexford Youths host second placed title holders Raheny United as the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title race enters the home straight.

Willie Doyle’s Youths hold a seven point lead over champions Raheny so a victory for Doyle’s side could see the league title edge closer to the Model County.

Doyle’s side are looking to become the first team outside Dublin to claim the title.

“It’s a massive game and I’m delighted that were involved. A defeat is the only bad result for us, so that takes a bit of the pressure off our girls,” said Doyle.

“We’re unbeaten in a long time and are in great form – we are playing with a lot of confidence.”

Carol Breen is rated 50-50 for Sunday’s game but is keen to prove her fitness having been called up to the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad for next month’s Istria Cup.

Doyle also has concerns over Nicola Synnott who picked up a knock in training, while Jessica Gleeson is continuing her recovery having been a second half substitute last Sunday.

Treble chasing Raheny have two games in hand over the league leaders though manager Casey McQuilian wants to avoid any slips ups on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a very tough game, it’s a must not lose game for us without a shadow of doubt,” explained McQuilian, whose side have been unbeaten in the league since November 2012.

“Wexford are in great form, it’s going to be a proper battle on Sunday with a few twists and turns. Our unbeaten run counts for nothing. Wexford knocked us out of the League Cup last year and are a good side in very good form.”

The Pandas have doubts over Lauren Dwyer and Niamh Walsh for Sunday’s game and will be without Rachel Graham, Niamh Barnes and Claire Shine.

 

 

UCD Waves v Castlebar Celtic, Jackson Park (2.00pm). Referee: Paula Brady

THIRD placed UCD Waves face Castlebar Celtic in Jackson Park on Sunday knowing a win may move them back into the title race.

“It’s great to back in action,” admitted Waves boss Eileen Gleeson as her side play their first game in three weeks.

“I expect Celtic to come at us. I think they will be out for redemption after their big loss to Raheny united in the League Cup semi-final.”

Waves sit eight points behind league leaders Wexford Youths so if Youths fail to beat the Pandas then Waves have every chance to rein in the points difference as they have yet to play both sides.

“For us it’s important we get the three points, no matter what happens in Wexford” explained Gleeson.

“In this league there are a number of twists and turns to take, but we have to get a victory and we’ll see where we are on Sunday night.”

Waves have close to a full panel to choose from for the visit of Castlebar Celtic, with long term injury Kerrie Ryan the only player missing.

“It’s going to be very, very tough,” explained Celtic boss Adrian Carberry. “We’re down six players, we always had a thin squad which makes it harder.

“On paper Waves are the best team in the league so heading out to Jackson Park, all we can do is it give it 100 per cent and look to take any breaks that come in the game.”

Celtic are without Rachel Curran who is focusing on Gaelic football, while Susan Doyle and Ashling Egan are unavailable. While injury rules out Rachel King of Sunday’s game as Castlebar Celtic aim to secure a fifth place finish.

 

 

Peamount United v Cork City Women’s FC, Greenogue (2.00pm). Referee: Brian Fenlon

PEAMOUNT United hosts Cork City Women’s FC as they look to claim fourth spot in this season’s league.

League champions in 2011-12, Robbie Mulligan has rebuilt the Peas side this season and booked a place in the Continental Tyres Women’s League Cup Final earlier this month.

“We had a bad performance and result last weekend at home to Wexford,” said Mulligan. “We want to get that out of our system.

“The League Cup Final is nine weeks away. It’s great motivation for everyone in the panel to work hard and make it into the team for then.”

Peas sit in fourth position, some 18 points behind leaders Wexford Youths, though mulligan has concerns about the visit of the league’s bottom side.

“We dropped points when we played them in Bishopstown, Charlie Lynch is working hard down there, it might not be showing yet, but it will come good,” he added.

Mulligan is without Laura Traynor (shoulder), Anna McCormack (knee) and Rachel Doyle who suffered a quad injury, though welcomes back Michelle Dunne after a long absence.

Cork City travel to Greenogue having suffered a 10 goal defeat to Raheny United last weekend, although they had taken the lead through Katie McCarthy.

Charlie Lynch’s side are looking for their first away point of the season in their last trip to Dublin of the 2014/15 season.

 

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