Wexford Youths manager Laura Heffernan has urged her side to focus on their own resulst as the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title race goes into the final stages.

Youths face a difficult trip to Bishopstown this weekend to face a Cork City WFC side who claimed an excellent 4-1 victory over Galway United on Thursday evening.

Heffernan’s side need to match Peamount United’s result against UCD Waves this weekend to stand a realistic chance of claiming the WNL title. Youths host Peamount on the final day of the season at Ferrycarrig Park so Youths have to avoid defeat at Cork with them just one point behind the leaders Peamount.

Heffernan said: “No room for error now, it’s all or nothing in the last two games so I suppose everyone is a little bit nervous. You hope that the experienced players will be able to lift the rest of them through.

“It’s a difficult one to judge, it’s hard to know whether to change things up or to stick with what we’ve been doing. If we’d had taken some of our chances in the semi-final, it might have been a different game.

“it’s important that the team go out and play the way they can. That semi-final result against Cork can’t have any bearing on this game really, that needs to be out of head and go into it with a fresh mind-set.”

Cork will have one eye on next week’s FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium where they face UCD Waves having claimed a fantastic 3-0 victory over Youths in the semi-final.

However, Heffernan has dismissed claims that Cork will be distracted by next week’s final and hopes their defensive record continues to shine in the final two matches.

The Youths boss added: “Cork have shown throughout the whole season that no matter who they’re playing, they go 100% every time. Obviously, they’ll be looking forward to the final next weekend but I don’t think it will effect their performance this weekend.

“We’re not concerned about Peamount’s game. If we win on Sunday, it goes to the last game regardless. We can’t worry about that, just we need to get the result ourselves.

“We definitely would have taken this position at the start of the season. We wanted to be in the mix come the end of the season and we’ve done that. We now just need one more push to get the job done.

“Our defensive record has been very good. We’ve got nine clean sheets in the league this year so we’ve definitely improved defensively but our attacking play hasn’t been as good as we would have liked it to be.”

Continental Tyres Women’s National League Fixtures

29/10 – Cork City WFC v Wexford Youths – 2pm, Bishopstown
29/10 – Peamount United v UCD Waves – 2pm, Greenogue
29/10 – Shelbourne LFC v Galway WFC – 2pm, AUL

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