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Bus Éireann Women’s National League previews

Cork Women's FC v Shamrock Rovers

DLR Waves v Castlebar Celtic

Galway WFC v Raheny United

Peamount United v Wexford Youths

Sunday, December 8, 2013

(2.00pm)

Cork Women's FC v Shamrock Rovers, CIT Stadium. Referee: Sinead Forde.

CORK Women’s FC will welcome Shamrock Rovers to CIT Stadium on Sunday looking to end their disappointing run without a point so far this term.

While the home side operate without Angie Carry, who is suspended, and Michelle Browne has joined their crippling long-term injury list, Cork will look to cause an upset against the Hoops.

“It’s difficult with all the injuries. The girls will give it 100 per cent as usual. It’s a big game for us. We’ve improved our defensive side of things but not scoring goals is an area that has to improve,” said Chris O’Mahony.

Rovers boss Stephen Craig would be happy with a repeat of the performance his side put on the last time the sides met but knows the Hoops must continue to improve.

“We’re scoring goals but conceding too easily. We’ve worked on that side of things. If we can lift the confidence again and get a repeat of the last time against them I’ll be happy,” said Craig.

“We’ve been unlucky with a few games recently and we want to get the three points this weekend as it’s important to break the losing habit.”

DLR Waves v Castlebar Celtic FC, Jackson Park. Referee: Rhona Daly.

DLR Waves and Castlebar Celtic go head to head on Sunday with just a point separating third-placed Celtic from sixth-placed DLR.

“We have been in good form. We played well enough against Raheny and Peamount. Castlebar beat us up there and we’ll be wary going into the game,” said DLR coach Larry Mahony, whose side beat Cork Women’s FC 4-0 last week.

“That was our biggest league victory last week and everything that goes well adds to the belief that they can win games like this.”

Lauren Bowles remain out for Waves while Castlebar are missing Caoimhe O’Reilly, Kim Flood and Shauna Jackson long term. Deirdre Doherty is not available but Emma Mullin returns.

“There’s a big fight for third place with ourselves, DLR, Galway and Wexford – all strong teams and it’s nip and tuck really. We had a two goal lead against them the last day but it was a lot closer than it appeared,” said Castlebar coach Adrian Carberry.

Galway WFC v Raheny United, Eamonn Deacy Park. Referee: Irma Mulvihill.

GALWAY host leaders Raheny United in their best form of the season having won their last three league games and they will be looking to make life as difficult as possible for Terry Eviston’s side.

Meabh Da Burca is set for her Galway debut after signing from Eskilstuna United and coach Nigel Keady believes his side can prove a tough nut to crack.

Keady said: “Confidence is good after three wins but it’s a different level now. Raheny don’t seem to be dropping much this year. We had a good first half against them last time around. They are hard to contain.

“We’ve scored in every game bar one this season but it’s about nailing down the defensive side of things. We’ll try to keep it as tight as possible for as long as we can and if we can score then we could give them something to think about.”

Raheny boss Terry Eviston will have to plan without Kerrie Ryan (knee) after an injury last week while Katie McCabe returns after suspension.

“It was a great competitive game last week. Being 2-0 down was a strange situation for us to be in but how we reacted was brilliant. Peamount were very good. It was a great game to be involved in and I was very enthused by it,” said Eviston.

“We had to show different attributes to cope and we did that. It was a good day’s work. We have to get ourselves right for this week. If you’re not right you can become unstuck. Our work-rate last week was fantastic and we could have led but we found ourselves 2-0 down and responded in a great manner.

“I was really pleased with how we’d played. It was a great advertisement for the league. We have to make sure we don’t undo that good work. We’ve got that mentality know with the staff and the players that the sheer hard work is there as well as the quality in the squad.”

Peamount United v Wexford Youth Women's AFC, Greenogue. Referee: Paul Brady.

PEAMOUNT United will host Wexford Youths at Greenogue on Sunday knowing that they can’t afford to drop any points if they are to maintain their pursuit of leaders Raheny United.

Eileen Gleeson’s side led 2-0 in the battle with their biggest rivals last week but were unfortunate not to hang on for the victory as the game ended 2-2.

Gleeson continues to operate without Sara Lawlor (knee) but Caroline Thorpe is available after signing from Raheny.

“We were disappointed not to get the win on the second half performance last week,” said Gleeson. “After being 2-0 up it was disappointing not to go on and win it. Raheny is the most competitive game and we’re on a par squad wise so the games between us are very important.

“That game is done now. We can’t take anything for granted and the focus is on Wexford. They’ll be dogged and determined and the scoreline the last time the sides met didn’t show how well they’d played that day.”

Wexford continue to work without their long term injury absentees while Lucy Sherwin is a doubt after she picked up a knock in Castlebar last week.

Peter Doyle said: “It’s a big challenge. We always give 100 per cent against Peamount. We were happy with the performance last week so won’t be overawed. We’re looking to get a good result.”

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