Bus Éireann Women’s National League Previews

Sunday, April 14

(2.00pm kick-offs)

Cork Women’s FC v Castlebar Celtic, Turner’s Cross, Referee: Chrissie Buckley.

CORK Women’s FC beat Shamrock Rovers and DLR Waves in their last two games but have not played a match since March 3 due to a variety of reasons so they will be looking to get the show back on the road when they welcome in-form Castlebar Celtic to Turner’s Cross.

“After we beat Rovers and DLR we then had five weeks off so any form we had would be badly impacted - for Castlebar the opposite is the case,” said Cork’s Chris O’Mahoney.

“We have a few attacking problems with injuries and international duty so Lynsey McKey, who has scored a few goals, will have a lot of pressure on her shoulders.”

Cork’s Amy O’Connor is away on international duty while Clare Shine (concussion) and Denise O’Sullivan (back) are out through injury. Celtic keeper Ashling Concannon (quad) is a doubt while Sarah Rowe and Emma Hansberry return from international duty.

“We’re happy with our recent results and want to keep picking up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season to finish it on a high,” said Castlebar coach John Morris-Burke.

Peamount United v DLR Waves, Greenogue. Referee: Paula Brady.

PEAMOUNT United return to action for the first time in two weeks when they host DLR Waves at Greenogue – the Dun Laoghaire outfit being one of just two sides to beat the leaders this season.

The Peas have a full squad. “We’re looking forward to getting back into competitive action. There is no room for slip-ups now and every point is crucial. We know DLR are well organised and have a good work rate so we’re aware of their strengths,” said Eileen Gleeson.

DLR Waves boss Larry Mahony has a number of injury concerns. He said: “We have a couple of injuries with Sharon Cullen, Avril Kilkelly and Vicky Reynolds all major doubts. Sylvia Gee is also suspended.

“We’ll still have a go. We’re down to the bare bones at the moment so we’ll be using girls around 16-17. It’ll be a learning curve for them. We’ve said it every week that our win over them was the top of our form and we do feel that’s the level we have to get to again.”

Wexford Youths Women’s AFC v Shamrock Rovers, Ferrycarrig Park. Referee: Shane Dunphy.

WEXFORD Youths will look to get back to winning ways when they host Shamrock Rovers at Ferrycarrig on Sunday but must plan without international call-ups Lauren Dwyer, Aisling Frawley and Ciara Rossiter.

Youths have slipped behind leaders Peamount and second-placed Raheny United after a surprise 3-2 loss to DLR Waves last time out.

The Hoops remain without Rebekah Carroll who is also involved in the re-arranged U17 international against Norway but the rest of their squad are in good shape.

“Our performances have been good recently even though have been beaten. We need to get a result now and take the chances we’re creating. We had three one against ones against Castlebar and didn’t take them. We’ve stopped the goals flying in but now we need to be putting the ball in their net,” said Rovers coach Stephen Craig.

 

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