Bus Éireann Women’s National League previews


Sunday, September 30, 2012

(2.00 unless stated pm)



Cork Women's FC v Wexford Youths Women, Turner's Cross


CORK Women's FC and Wexford Youths are set for another titanic battle at Turner's Cross on Sunday.


These two sides were very evenly matched last term and ultimately were only separated by goal difference. It's a similar situation this season with both clubs on three points from their opening two fixtures and Wexford ahead thanks to one goal less conceded.


"We are both in similar positions and each club is looking to get stronger and try to close the gap to the big two Peamount and Raheny," said Cork coach Maurice Farrell.


"We've strengthen our squad recently due to the local leagues finishing so I'm confident we will get stronger in the coming weeks."



DLR Waves v Castlebar Celtic Women, Jackson Park, Kilternan


DLR Waves host Castlebar Celtic at Jackson Park, Kiternan, on Sunday looking to secure their first points as a Bus Eireann Women's National League club.


The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown outfit had a tough start to this level with a 6-1 loss to Raheny United first time out but manager Larry Mahony was pleased that they showed up much better next time out against Wexford Youths, when they lost 3-0.


"The opening two fixtures have been tough for us as a newly formed entity and we are still looking at players in every route we can to try to develop our squad," said Mahony.


"I felt that we were 100 per cent better in the second game than the first and I feel we are 75 per cent where we'd be looking to be. I am confident we'll give a better display on Sunday."


Castlebar Celtic head to Dublin looking to open their own tally for the season having lost 2-0 to champions Peamount United first time out.



Shamrock Rovers Women v Raheny United, Tallaght Stadium


SHAMROCK Rovers will look to upset leaders Raheny United when they meet the Northsiders at Tallaght Stadium.


The Hoops were unfortunate 2-1 losers in Cork in their opening game and face a Raheny side that has won each of its two fixtures so far.


Boosted by their progression to the FAI Women's Senior Cup Final last weekend, United are in fine form having beaten Cork 3-1 and DLR Waves 6-1 in their opening two league games.


"I'm a perfectionist. First and foremost, we need to go to Tallaght and not look to concede. We've had a good start but I know we've room for improvement," said Raheny coach Ger McDermott.


"Rovers have improved as a side. Every team has improved after the first year and that'll continue to be the case as we progress through the season

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