Wexford Youths v Bohemians
Saturday, August 8
Ferrycarrig Park
KO 18:30
Referee: Claire Purcell

Wexford have a doubt over attacker Blessing Kingsley and Sinead Taylor is unavailable due to work commitments, but new signings Trina Duggan, Aoibheann Clancy and Ellen Molloy could feature.

Bohemians have brought in former Raheny United duo Sinead O’Farrelly and Shauna Newman and their experience could be vital in leading a young squad. The addition of former Kilkenny United captain Bronagh Kane gives them an extra edge up front.

Wexford Youths Manager Tom Elmes
“The players are looking forward to this opening game. We were all set to go last March before COVID hit and the League was postponed, but we’ve kept going and now we want to get playing again.

“If you look around the League, the amount of current Ireland players, former Ireland players, and underage Ireland players, it shows the talent that is there. We don’t have many international players and that is something we would like to change.

“We know that Bohemians will be a little bit of an unknown but we look forward to playing them. It’s great to have more teams in the League this year and I expect it to be a tighter League this year as a result.”

Bohemians Manager Sean Byrne
“We know that we have a lot to prove being a brand new team and it will take some time for our girls to gel as a unit, but we hope that the work we have been doing on the training pitch will stand to us.

“The real question is: can we compete in each game? For us, it’s all about the performance. We have a very young squad and this season will be a learning experience for them, but we want them to make the most of it.

“Of course, we know what to expect against Wexford – they are a very good team and won the Cup last year. We want to put in a good performance against them and see how we match up.”