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Peamount United have their sights set on completing the domestic double as they look to add the FAI Women's Senior Cup to their collection that includes the Women's National League.

MANAGER
In many ways James O'Callaghan had arguably the toughest job going into the 2020 season. After winning the 2019 WNL title and further strengthening his squad anything other than success would have been considered a poor return.

Yet delivering success should not be taken for granted. O'Callaghan has brought a calmness to things but also kept the players on their toes and shifted formations to get the best out of certain individuals. He has done a fine job this year.

 

TEAM STRENGTHS
It's hard to identify a weakness in the Peamount squad. Even at goalkeeper they could go with either Niamh Reid-Burke or Naoisha McAloon and not be worse off for it - hence both getting minutes in their League campaign.

Yet, it is how Peamount attack that makes them stand out. Once they secure possession of the ball they surge forward as a pack and before the opposition know what is happening they are usually picking the ball out of their net. There is a clincial nature to them and that's what sets champions apart from the rest.

In captain Aine O'Gorman they have probably the best player to grace this League (Kylie Murphy, Sylvia Gee & others obviously enter this debate but that's for another day). She has been exceptional once again, racing to secure the Top Goalscorer award with 14 League goals and acting as a leading light for her team. Whether she is operating out wide or further forward she is a constant threat.

Peamount make the most of their width with O'Gorman and newcomer Alannah McEvoy performing important duties in that regard. So too does Lauryn O'Callaghan and Dearbhaile Beirne, who get things started from deeper positions and contribute to attacks with overlapping runs and crosses.

At the back, Niamh Farrelly and Claire Walsh are almost unshakeable. They are brilliant as a pairing but also just as strong when pulled out of position to rely on their individual skills. In front of them there is cover in the shape of Lucy McCartan and Karen Duggan, who have been truly superb all season long, while Sadhbh Doyle and Megan Symth-Lynch are top quality replacements to rotate in.

It's silly to look at the options that Peamount have at their disposal but making those players click as a unit is why they are so good. A great example of that would be Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, who connects play with such a smooth range of passing and scores crucial goals. As a team, they are so strong. Oh, and don't forget about Stephanie Roche - she's only one of the best finishers around.

 

ONE TO WATCH

Niamh Farrelly
Now operating at centre-back rather in centre midfield, Farrelly has been sharpening her defensive instincts this season. It's clear that she has benefitted from becoming a regular squad member with the Republic of Ireland WNT as her confidence has grown substantially.

On the ball, she is comfortable in possesion and excellent at linking play with her passing out from the back. Off the ball, she is alert, aggressive and constantly reading the game in the right way. There's no doubt she is amongst the best players in the League right now.