Saturday, October 25

Continental Tyres Women’s National League

UCD Waves v Wexford Youth Women's AFC, Jackson Park (7.30pm). Referee: Matthew Farrell

UCD Waves and Wexford Youths meet in a top of the table clash at Jackson Park tomorrow night with the Model County outfit keen to cause an upset.

Wexford beat Peamount United 3-2 in a thrilling game last week and coach Willie Doyle is looking for a similar display against Eileen Gleeson's Waves.

"UCD Waves are starting to click as a team. They had a massive game against Peamount two weeks with Eileen returning there so hopefully they're not as fired up for us," said Doyle.

"We're winning games and we just want to keep that going. If we can perform like we did in the cup against Raheny then hopefully we'll have enough about us to get a result."

Youths have Orlatih Conlon out with a broken foot while Nicola Sinnott remains out with a knee injury. Amy Walshe and Becky Cassin played with their college during the week so should be fit. UCD Waves have Savannah McCarthy back from injury.

Eileen Gleeson said: "We have watched Wexford a few times. They're much more offensive minded than they were last season so I expect a tough game.

"We have the excitement of the FAI Continental Tyres Women's Cup Final coming up too but we have to focus on the next game that we have to play. Having said that everybody has to try and prove they deserve their place in the final and give me a headache."

Sunday, October 26

Continental Tyres Women’s National League

Galway WFC v Castlebar Celtic, Eamonn Deacy Park (2.00pm). Referee: Marc Lynch.

GALWAY WFC showed their quality last week when holding champions Raheny United away from home and they will look to build on that performance when they host local rivals Castlebar Celtic on Sunday.

Don O'Riordan was delighted with his side's display but he feels that there is more to come from the Tribeswomen.

"When I think about last week, for me the most frightening aspect was that the week before against Wexford we almost capitulated. You couldn't have picked a bigger test than away to Raheny the champions," he said.

"We worked a lot on the basics - things we'd worked on in pre-season that we needed a bit of reminding of. The girls worked really hard. The weather in the session last Friday was unbelievable without one complaint from any player so we knew we needed the same commitment against Raheny and that's what we delivered on the Sunday.

"We've set a new bar for ourselves to go and reach. We've taken a point off one of the big teams for the first time. Everybody says this will be a tough game and the girls will want to hold their heads up with pride afterwards due to the derby nature of it. They all know each other. These games are usually quite tight and I told the girls the challenge was the same as it was against Raheny last week."

Castlebar Celtic are missing Lauren Bowles and Aoife Brennan due to GAA commitments. Player-coach Maz Sweeney said: "Everybody is looking forward to the derby game. We didn't have a game last week with the match being called off and had a disappointing result the previous week. So we're keen to just get back on the pitch.

"Galway got a good result last week. Don O'Riordan has done a really good job with them so we expect a difficult test."

Peamount United v Raheny United, Greenogue (2.00pm). Referee: Natasha Valentini.

PEAMOUNT United will look to capitalise on Raheny United's apparent dip in form when they host the champions at Greeogue on Sunday.

Peas boss Robbie Mulligan believes the nightmare loss to UCD Waves in their last home fixture has now been wiped away and with injuries clearing up and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle back from international duty his side are at close to full strength.

"We'll welcome Raheny which we all know will be very tough with their history of success in recent years. We don't dwell on the past, we were disappointed not to get a result out of last week's game against Wexford," he said.

"The girls responded well to the UCD loss. We'll go into Sunday's game full of confidence after training well all week and we know that nobody can take anything for granted in this league. Galway shocked Raheny last week and I'm sure Raheny will want to bounce back from that."

Raheny boss Casey McQuillan has all of his squad available bar Clare Shine, who is close to a recovery. After taking stepping down from his role last week McQuillan has taken the Raheny reins once more - he feels the focus is right with his squad and wants them to respond to being held by Galway WFC.

"We hope we to get ourselves back to winning ways this weekend. I know a lot of their players. I saw their game against UCD when everything Waves did went to gold," he said.

"They're a young team and will get better so we've no room for complacency. I keep telling the girls that we need a hunger in every game and hope we start showing the consistency we need to keep challenging."

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