FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Cup Final & National League Previews


Sunday, November 2

FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Cup Final

UCD Waves v Raheny United, Aviva Stadium (12.20pm - Live on RTÉ2)

RAHENY United will head into Sunday’s FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Senior Cup Final looking to secure the trophy for the third consecutive year.

Casey McQuillan’s side have proven themselves to be the side to beat in Irish women’s football ever since capturing the cup in 2012 in a thrilling final against Peamount United and since then they have twice won the National League and also retained the cup in a classic encounter against Castlebar Celtic at Aviva Stadium last year.

The Pandas – who are likely to be without striker Clare Shine – may be the favourites against UCD Waves on the back of their 3-1 league victory against Eileen Gleeson’s side last month but McQuillan is not taking anything for granted.

Many of the Waves team played under Gleeson at Peamount while Caroline Thorpe and Kerrie Ryan now play for UCD having starred for Raheny in last year’s final.

“There is very seldom much between ourselves and this group of players, whether they were in their previous club Peamount or with UCD Waves as they are now,” said McQuillan.

“I think the stage is set for a very good final which will showcase the quality of players in the league. Last year’s final experience will be a help to our side but it’s down to who performs on the occasion.”

UCD Waves boss Gleeson is pleased that her side – which was only brought together during the summer – has reached a national final so early into their existence.

“It’s great for the club that we’ve got this far so early but we did have it as one of our goals to reach the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s Senior Cup Final,” she said.

“Last year’s final showed the quality that is in the league and we know that Raheny have proven themselves to be the side to beat recently but we have players who are used to big occasions like this so we’ll go into the game confident that we can perform.”

Saturday, November 1

Continental Tyres Women’s National League

Castlebar Celtic v Cork City Women’s FC, Celtic Park (5.00pm)

CASTLEBAR Celtic and Cork City Women’s FC will meet in a rearranged league tie at Celtic Park tomorrow with both sides looking to build on their positive performances in their most recent fixtures.

The home side beat Galway WFC 4-3 in a thriller last weekend to record their first win of the season while Cork City have not played a league game since drawing 2-2 against Galway on September 29.

Celtic boss Adrian Carberry is missing some players with college commitments - Nicole Fowley and Sarah Rowe - while Shauna Jackson has an ankle problem but the rest of the squad is good.

“Some of the players who have come in recently have done really well. Jess Nolan is only 16 and she has been top class every week. She has been very good in a number of positions and has a great attitude. Aoife Herbert is another ,” said Carberry.

“It’s been a very strange season for us so far this year. We’ve still created a lot of chances but we’ve a lot of new players in who’ve taken a while to settle. Winning the game against Galway will help us. The 4-3 score didn’t really show how good we were that day. We know Cork will be coming looking for three points as they’ve improved.”

Cork City have a number of players missing due to work commitments, injury and suspension. Angie Carry will serve a one game ban following her dismissal against Galway WFC in Bishopstown several weeks ago, while both Natalie Coughlan and Stacey Paul will miss the game through work commitments.

Nathalie O’Brien is still out with a broken leg while Chloe Ahern and Fiona Considine are both battling back to full fitness.

Manager Charlie Lynch said: “We know it will be a tough test in Mayo but we feel the players have been responding well to the training and we’re starting to see that improvement on the pitch, so we’re hopeful we can get a result. It’s unfortunate we have not had a game over the past few weeks. We are missing several players but this is a good squad and we should be able to cope with the absences.”

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