Wexford Youths Women's AFC v Cork City WFC

UCD Waves v Galway WFC

Wexford Youths Women’s AFC v Cork City Women’s FC, Ferrycarrig Park (2.00pm), Referee: Sean Grant

LEAGUE leaders Wexford Youths Women’s host bottom of the table Cork City Women’s in Ferrycarrig Park as the Continental Tyres Women’s National League title race heats up.

Victory for Youths would see them go four points clear of champions Raheny United who are idle this weekend, though manager Willie Doyle refuses to say his side are in a title challenge.

“We’re a long way off lifting the championship, I wouldn’t say the title is that close to us at this stage,” explained Doyle.

“Our main aim now is to finish above UCD Waves, we’ll have two big game against Raheny so were not even thinking about the title now.”

The Leesiders travel to Youths on Sunday, having lost the two previous league games and have yet to register a victory this season.

“Cork tend to raise their game every time they play us. The game in Cork, even though we won, was a very tough game,” Doyle added.

“I thought we were absolutely brilliant last weekend, especially in the second half, I don’t think UCD expected our fitness and tempo.

“We had such a long break, it ended up being six or seven weeks, the girls were itching to get back out on the pitch and the bite showed.

“We have to treat Cork exactly how we treated UCD - If we do want to mount a title challenge then these are the three points we must collect.”

Cork City Women’s face the league leaders as they take their 2015 bow, their first league game since December 13, having been idle last week.

“The team is looking forward to getting back into competitive games after the break,” revealed city assistant manager Craig Robinson

“The players are fresh and ready post our 6-0 win over Charleville this week. We will be aiming for three points in every game from here to the end of the season.”

City manager Charlie Lynch has a nearly fit squad to choose from though is without long term injury Nathalie O’Brien, while Nicole Smith and Laura Medbury are out of the Wexford tie. Lynch hopes to have O’Brien, Smith and Medbury available soon, midfielder Stacey Paul has parted terms with the club.

UCD Waves v Galway WFC, Jackson Park (2.00pm). Referee: Natasha Valentini

UCD Waves aim to get their season back on track when Galway WFC visit Jackson Park on Sunday after their 3-0 defeat to Wexford Youths last Sunday.

“I’m looking for a whole new performance - We played bad defensively last week, we just have to move on,” ” admitted Waves coach Eileen Gleeson.

Waves entered the season as one of the title favourites, but now find themselves five points behind leaders Wexford as they enter the final set of games.

“We knew we couldn’t afford to drop points in 2015 but in the first game of the year we dropped all three points,” she added.

“It’s going to be difficult to take the title, we need all the points we can garner over the remaining seven games and we won’t give up.

“All the teams are capable of taking points off each and I think the title race will have a couple of twists and turns yet.”

Kerri Ryan is absent for Waves having being injury last Sunday and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.

Galway manager Don O’Riordan is itching for Sunday’s encounter in Jackson Park, as the Tribeswomen go in search for their first away victory.

“I would hope it’s a tight match,” explained O’Riordan whose side have found the net in 11 of this season’s 12 games, though have kept just two clean sheets.

“My first game with the club was UCD away. It was a tough game and it was an eye opener for me.

“They’re going to be like a wounded tiger after last week, they’ll want to get a win and try and get back into the league race.

“I’ve a lot of respect for Eileen and her players, Wexford have been excellent this season, if you look at Waves results against other teams, their doing well.

“I thought we played very well last weekend” explained O’Riordan, having seen Castlebar Celtic peg his team back twice last Saturday night for a two all draw.

“The girls who came into the team played very well, I’m hoping they can do well again. The average age last week was 21 years of age.

“We’ve no injuries and I’m hoping that we can continue the good form, were not going there hoping for a draw, were going there looking for a win.”

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