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Castlebar Celtic FC v Raheny United, Celtic Park. Referee: TBC. POSTPONED

Peamount United v Galway WFC, Greenogue. Referee: Rhona Daly.


Shamrock Rovers v DLR Waves, AUL Complex. Referee: Paula Brady


Wexford Youth Womens AFC v Cork Women's FC, Ferrycarrig Park. Referee: TBC




THIS encounter is a repeat of the Aviva Stadium thriller in the FAI Umbro Women's Senior Cup Final and a similarly tight clash is anticipated. Castlebar are in good form recently while champions Raheny have been hit by a raft of injuries.

Celtic boss Adrian Carberry will have Deirdre Doherty available but regular goalkeeper Caoimhe O'Reilly remains out and Shauna Jackson had operation on Monday on an ankle ligament injury that puts her out  for three months.

"Shauna's injury is a big blow as she's a great asset. Also while Rachel King has been brilliant in goal for us, even though it's not her natural position, it does weaken our options as we have to operate without her in midfield," said Carberry.

"Raheny are absolutely brilliant on their day but they've had some players out too. We'll hope that we can be at our best and they won't be. We've been too Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde this season. We need to be clever at the back and not give away silly goals or give them too much time. We have ability to score goals."

Raheny boss Terry Eviston has a doubt about Ciara Grant, Shauna Newman and Siobhan Killeen while he is hoping Clare Shine will be fit. Christina Byrne is ruled out while Kerrie Ryan has suffered cruciate ligament damage so will be out for several months.

"We've had the strength of the squad tested recently. We're in a cat and mouse situation and Peamount are waiting for us to slip up. We've showed great resilience and character recently," said Eviston.

"I'm sure Castlebar will have more confidence against us. Last week wasn't pretty from us but Galway were decent and very competitive which is better for us in the longer term. It could have gone either way but Siobhan scored a very important to keep us in it."


Peamount United v Galway WFC, Greenogue. Referee: Rhona Daly.

PEAMOUNT United maintain their relentless pursuit of leaders Raheny United when they host Galway WFC at Greenogue on Sunday. The Galwegians gave Raheny a scare last week so will travel to Dublin with confidence.

Galway are without suspended Grainne Barrett but otherwise are at full strength and coach Nigel Keady is looking forward to the test against the Peas.

"This is another tough one for us. We'll take some positives out of last week. We were probably the better team for much of the game which is a good sign for us. Unfortunately we lost so there's no points for a moral victory. We created chances and defended better than we have recently," he said.

"I think Peamount and Raheny are very close as teams although Peamount have maybe one or two better individuals and they can score from nothing."

Peamount have been hit with the news that Sara Lawlor is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. "We still have a strong selection of forward players so we'll work with what we have. Last week was a tough game for us, Wexford defended well and were very determined," said Peamount boss Eileen Gleeson.

"I'm expecting another tough fixture on Sunday and it was a very competitive performance last week from them against Raheny so I expect them to try and get the win to make up for being unlucky to lose that one."


Shamrock Rovers v DLR Waves, AUL Complex. Referee: Paula Brady.

SHAMROCK Rovers will look to build on their victory over Cork Women's FC when they host DLR Waves at the AUL Complex on Sunday.

The Hoops have recently added Kate McKeever, Megan Lynch, Orla Haran, Chelsea Spain and Grace McAuley-Ryan so have strengthened their side considerably.

"It was nice to record another victory last week and we're going in looking to get the three points again this week. I felt we deserved to win when we met earlier in the season," said Stephen Craig.

DLR boss Larry Mahony continues to operate without Lauren Boles while Niamh Connolly is rated 50-50 with a knee complaint.

"In the first half against Castlebar last week we did very well but we collapsed in the second half. Their internationals did very well in second half, Sarah Rowe and Emma Hansberry. It was close until they scored and after that we went hunting an equaliser but gave them chances," said Mahony.

"Rovers have been hard for us this season as we've played them after they've had a win. It was a really hard game the last time we played but it was very close up until the end. We'd hope not to concede again. They've got a bit stronger now so if we can get the three points I'll be happy with that."


Wexford Youth Womens AFC v Cork Women's FC, Ferrycarrig Park. Referee: TBC.

WEXFORD Youths Women's AFC host Cork Women's FC in their final game before Christmas at home on Sunday with Jessica Gleeson and Rianna Jarrett continuing to miss out through injury while Jenny Clifford and Laura Heffernan will face fitness tests before a final decision is made.

"Despite the tough injury crisis that has hit the club, we're happy with the first half of the season and feel that if some of the more senior players can return in the New Year the team can still make a serious push for at least third place," said Wexford's Peter Doyle.

 

Cork continue with Eimear Knightly, Michelle Browne, Linda McNamara and Chloe Ahern while Angie Carry is back from suspension and Eleanor Lucey has been signed from Ballincollig.

"We're showing show signings of improvement but the standard is very high. Every team is making progress so all we can do is continue to work as hard as possible and try get a result," said Cork's Chris O'Mahony.

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