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Tagged as the underdogs for the 2020 FAI Women's Senior Cup Final, Cork City will be glad to shift the pressure onto their opponents, Peamount United. But that does not diminish their ambition of lifting the trophy at the end of the game.

MANAGER
Regardless of the result in Saturday's encounter, Ronan Collins should be firmly in the debate for the 2020 Women's National League Manager of the Season. He has done a superb job with a young Cork side and that should not be overlooked.

Collins, however, will insist that there is one game still to go and that could alter the narrative significantly should The Leesiders do what they did in 2017 and bring the Cup back to the Rebel County. He has faith in his players and he has every reason to.

 

TEAM STRENGTHS
Cork play a brand of quick passing football that makes the most of transition to attack. They often catch their opponents off-guard by moving up the pitch quickly and that is a tactic that could stand to them in the Cup Final.

The pace of Sophie Liston out wide combined with the passing of Eabha O'Mahony and Becky Cassin, as well as the wizardy of playmaker Saoirse Noonan, means that they can attack with multiple players in different ways.

Then the front duo of Christina Dring and Lauren Egbuloniu ensure that they stretch the lines and pull defenders out of position for others to run into. Sometimes that may be Dring and Egbuloniu themselves, but the support of Noonan, Liston and Cassin, in particular, means that they have options going forward.

Noonan has, rightly, received a lot of headlines this season but Peamount would be foolish to focus solely on stopping her. Dring has been outstanding in a No 10 role, while Liston and newcomer Nadine Seward can burn past opposition defenders, and Egbuloniu is emerging as one of the most exciting talents in the League.

In defence, Ciara McNamara and Danielle Burke are unsung heroes. They have been around the block for quite a few years with this team and they deserve more credit for their consistency and ability to keep out even the best attackers. O'Mahony is also an excellent shield for the backline and her two-way responsibilities will be key in this game.

Captain Maria O'Sullivan has enjoyed a fine season between the posts after improving every aspect of her game. She has the determination to succeed at a good level in the game and Cork will be hoping that she can produce another big performance.

 

ONE TO WATCH

Eabha O’Mahony
Since being moved into centre midfield from her normal defensive starting point, O'Mahony has showed just how good she really is. Forget about the stunning goal against Wexford Youths (even though it's what a watch) because her game is about so much more.

She moves the ball quickly, shifts into areas where she can receive a pass or be in the right position to stop an opponent, and brings an aura of calmness to things. She is on her way to becoming a top player.