One of the biggest games of the Só Hotels Women’s National League season is set to take place on Saturday night when Peamount United host Shelbourne at PRL Park, Greenogue.

A win for the Peas in the top-of-the-table clash would see them capture the 2019 league title with two games remaining in the campaign.

The south Dublin county side are unbeaten all season and have only drawn two games, one of which was against Saturday night’s opponents, Shelbourne.

Shels are currently in second place after pulling ahead of Wexford Youths in the summer -they come into this game with 11 league wins in a row behind them.

Peamount’s Claire Walsh - who was part of the Republic of Ireland women’s senior team squad that defeated Ukraine 3-2 on Tuesday night - said the team are keen to seal the title this weekend.

Walsh said: “We’re all really looking forward to the game, we’re really keen to get the win and the three points, as it would be lovely to win the league at home and we want to finish on as strong a note as possible.

“We’ve played Shels a few times this season, and we’ve been pretty even. We have found them our toughest opponents this year, so we know that it will be a challenging game.”

Commenting on the impressive season the side has had this year, Walsh says continuity has had a big impact on their success.

She said: “It’s a very similar team to the one we had last year, I think we’ve just grown together more and are more bonded this season. There has also been more commitment this season. Our training sessions have been top quality and people have missed very few sessions and then people are doing their own work on top of that too.

“We had a blow when Amber left in the summer and people might have wondered where the goals would come after that. But others have stepped up and a total team effort has put us in the position we’re in now going into this game.”

However, having grown in confidence throughout the year, Shelbourne will be keen to upset the Peamount party on Saturday night.

Midfielder Alex Kavanagh explained that her side will be going all out to get the win to finish the season with as many points as possible.

Kavanagh said: We’re not really concerned about Peamount and what they’re looking for from the game. We’ll go into it completely focused on what we’re looking to do. We go into every game looking for a win and this game will be no different. We just want to keep on improving and keep winning matches.

“Peamount are obviously very good, but we feel we have a good team this season too. We have a lot of young, talented players and some very experienced players too, the likes of Pearl Slattery and Rachel Graham. We love playing good football, that is important to us. But I think we have toughened up as well throughout the season and that has stood to us lately. As players, Saturday is the kind of game you can’t wait to be involved in, and we’re all well up for it.”

There is one other game this weekend in the Só Hotels Women’s National League – Limerick host Cork City on Sunday at 2pm at Markets Field.

While in the first semi-final of the Só Hotels FAI Women’s Senior Cup, Wexford Youths take on Galway Women at Ferrycarrig Park at 6.30pm on Saturday evening.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Só Hotels Women’s National League
12/10 Peamount United v Shelbourne, PRL Park, Greenogue, 6.30pm
13/10 Limerick WFC v Cork City FC, Markets Field, 2pm

Só Hotels FAI Women’s Senior Cup, Semi-Final
12/10 Wexford Youth Women’s FC v Galway Women's FC, Ferrycarrig Park, 6.30pm

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