Wexford Youths WFC face Shelbourne Ladies in Sunday’s Continental Tyres FAI Women’s cup final.
In a re-match of last year’s cup final where reigning league champions Wexford lift the cup after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
“It’s a privilege to lead out such a successful group of players into the Aviva Stadium,” declared Wexford Youths WFC boss Gary Hunt.
“It’s unique and a credit to the FAI in how they promote the club and women’s game to have this match in the Aviva Stadium and hopefully the game will be a cracker for the fans.
“It’s a big week for club with the men’s team in the SSE Airtricity League promotion/relegation playoff and the cup final has created a different level of excitement.
“Our team has players from well beyond Wexford as well as the county. We have players from Carlow, Waterford and Kilkenny and it’s been great to be getting best wishes from those areas.”
While the occasion is something special, Hunt has set his eyes set on Wexford retaining the Continental Tyres Women’s FAI cup.
“It’ll be very different this year” explained Hunt who acknowledges the size of the Aviva Stadium pitch brings a new dimension between the two sides.
“Obviously we’ll get on it early for the warm up and we train on an astro-pitch, which will mimic the surface of the Aviva. But the game will be a lot more tactical.
“In my opinion both teams will target to makes chances from minute one to minute 90 and into extra-time. A last minute pounce may very well decide it.”
Shels boss Mark Leavy is brimming with pride ahead of Sunday’s show piece, Leavy having had a life long association with Shelbourne.
“I’m delighted to get there, I’m Shels through and through and it’s a very proud moment for me and the club to get to the Aviva Stadium.
“I was involved with Trim Celtic and I was approached by Shelbourne Ladies five years ago to become involved, I’m still very proud to be involved with both clubs.
“We’ve prepared well and were focused but we go in as underdogs.
“I hope it’s not a repeat of last year for everyone involved and the game gets resolved in 90 minutes” added Leavy.
“Wexford might be missing one or two but they have some strength in depth. Even though we won in Ferrycarrig park, it could easily have been a draw if not for some super save from Amanda McQuillian.”
Wexford are without the suspended Kylie Murphy, Vice-captain Nicola Sinnott will have the armband on Sunday. Amy Walsh and Lauren Dwyer face late fitness tests.
While Shels are without injured pair Rebecca Creagh and Aoife Lennon.
Wexford Youths WFC v Shelbourne Ladies
Aviva Stadium, Sunday November 5
Kick off: 12.05pm