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Saturday, March 14 - Castlebar Celtic v Peamount United, Celtic Park (7.00pm), Referee: Martin Reagan

Sunday, March 15 - Raheny United v UCD Waves, Morton Stadium (2.00pm), Referee:Olivia Sneyd

Cork City Women’s v Galway WFC, Bishopstown Stadium (2.00pm), Referee: David Keeler

Saturday, March 14

Castlebar Celtic v Peamount United, Celtic Park (7.00pm), Referee: Martin Reagan

CASTLEBAR Celtic host Peamount united on Saturday evening as both sides look to secure the coveted fourth spot in FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League.

Celtic currently site on 12 points, four behind the 2012 champions, who have two games in hand on the Westerners.

“I’m really looking forward to the game after a long break,” explained Pea’s coach Robbie Mulligan whose side will contest the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup Final later this season.

“The girls are happy to get back playing again, were looking forward to enjoying the remainder of the season and we have a cup final to look forward.

“I’m expecting a tough game, though I want to pick up three points” added Mulligan the past two matches Castlebar have been very tough. We came back from 2-0 down to win 3- in September and then they piped us to draw, when we played our home tie.

“We want three points and as many points as possible from the remaining games as we focus on the league cup final. Everyone is focused on the end of season and everyone wants to play as theirs a chance to play in the League Cup Final.”

Mulligan has a full panel to pick from except for long term injury Anna McCormack while Celtic boss Adrian Carberry is expecting a cracking game on Saturday evening as past meets have been showered in excitement.

“Peamount are a very good side, Robbie has done a great job with them. They lost a lot of players at the start of the season and have now made the league cup final,” he said.

“We’ve had some cracking games against Peas and I’m expecting another one, I’m really looking forward to it as there a tricky side.”

Carberry is without Katie Walsh, Danielle Cauldwell and Aoife Herbert. The game comes a little too soon for Jess Nolan who picked up a bruised ankle while on international duty with the Irish under 17 side.

 

Sunday, March 15

Raheny United v UCD Waves, Morton Stadium (2.00pm), Referee: Olivia Sneyd

SUNDAY afternoon see’s second place UCD Waves travel to third place Raheny United in a make or break for both sides league ambitions.

Champions Raheny are 10 points adrift of leaders Wexford Youth’s Women’s with two games in hand, while second placed Waves are eight points behind the leaders having played an equal number of games as Wexford.

“It’s a game both teams have to win,” declared Pandas boss Casey McQuillian, his side having lost 3 -0 to Wexford in the previous round of games.

“When you fall off the horse you want to get back on it as quickly as possible. I’m expecting a cracking game. A number of our Team was away on international duty so we’re really eager to get going again.”

UCD Waves boss Eileen Gleeson acknowledged the importance of this fixture.

“St Patrick’s weekend has always been a big weekend in deciding the league title. Raheny can’t afford to drop any points, we are looking to win our remaining four matches and put pressure on Wexford,” she said.

The Pandas and Waves have clashed twice this season, Raheny won the opening encounter 3 -0 last September, while a one all draw was played out in late November.

“The score line didn’t represent the first game between us. UCD had lots of chances, we defended well and Niamh Reid Burke was great in goal,” explained McQuillian.

“We also took the three chances that came our way. The second game we went out and didn’t want to lose, I’m expecting a very different score line on Sunday.”

Gleeson added: “Their keeper had a superb game and we made some defensive errors. We played very well in the first game between us.

“I thought we were the better team in the second game, but Raheny have an experienced team and know how to dig out a result.”

The league’s top two scorers take to the field in the Morton stadium, Waves’ Aine O’Gorman tops the golden boot standings with 19 goals, while Raheny’s Katie McCabe has 18.

The Pandas are without the suspended Noelle Murray, while Catherine Cronin is a long term injury while waves are without long term injuries Michelle Dunne and Katie Ryan.

An interview with Raheny United’s Katie McCabe and UCD Waves’ Aine O’Gorman is available here

Cork City Women’s v Galway WFC, Bishopstown Stadium (2.00pm), Referee: David Keeler

GALWAY WFC travel to bottom side Cork City Women’s as the two basement teams clash in Bishopstown on Sunday.

Don O’Riordan’s Tribeswomen last played some five weeks ago in a heart breaking continental women’s league cup semi final defeat on penalties to Peamount.

“It’s been difficult with the break. We want the players well prepared, so we have trained hard over the last week,” said O’Riordan.

“The players are focused even though people have said we don’t have much to play for. This is a three year plan and all the players know that.

“I thought we played very against Peamount and were unluck not  to grab a winner, the performance raised the bar for our girls.

“We want to go on an unbeaten run until the end of the season and the girls know what kind of performance we are looking for.”

Galway boss O’Riordan is without long term injuries Karla Mullen’s and Marie Curtin, but hope to have the remainder of the squad available.

City faces their first game in a calendar month and are aiming to pick up their first points since a home draw with Peamount in November.

The Leesiders have faced some tough weeks as injuries and suspensions have taken their toll on a small squad, with some poor results in 2015.

“We have had a number of injuries, illness and suspensions over the last couple of weeks which has made it difficult for the squad. However, hopefully we’re seeing this clear up,” said City boss Charlie Lynch.

Lynch welcomes back right back Nathalie O’Brien from long term injury after breaking her leg.

“We need to tighten up defensively again completely. We are determined to pick up some points over the last four games of the season, and being able to field our best eleven will go some way to achieving this,” he said.

Angie Carry is a slight doubt for the Leesiders, while Chloe Ahern, Natalie Coughlan and Laura Medbury are doubtful due to illness and education commitments.

Fixture Update

Please be advised that the Continental Tyres Women’s National League fixture between Peamount United and Cork City Women’s FC has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 29 at Greenogue with a kick-off time of 3.00pm.

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