Cork City WFC manager Frank Kelleher has hailed his side's Continental Tyres Women's FAI Cup semi-final tie against Wexford Youths as a 'huge day' for the club.

Cork travel to Bunclody FC to face Wexford Youths on Saturday, October 7th with kick-off at 3pm in the club's first-ever FAI Cup semi-final tie.

Kelleher's side made the last-four in style after they claimed a dramatic 3-2 win over WNL title-chasers Peamount United. Clare Shine put Cork ahead before goals from Ciara McNamara and Saoirse Noonan sealed the tie despite goals from Amber Barrett and Heather Payne.

With a final spot at the Aviva Stadium up for grabs, Cork City manager Kelleher admits the club is excited about the semi-final occasion and believes the quarter-final win over Peamount United shows the quality in the team.

Kelleher said: "It's fantastic for the club. I think in the last few years, the club has come a bit of a distance and tomorrow will be a great day for the whole club as it shows how far we've came.

"The club has never made it to this stage of the competition before so it's great for everyone involved and we're very excited about it.

"The game-plan we executed in the quarter-final against Peamount worked out really well. We didn't give their dangerous players much time or space on the ball, doubled up on the likes of Heather Payne and Amber Barrett.

"That is what gives us a lot of hope coming into this semi-final as we've shown we can compete against these teams so we'll have a game-plan and I hope it will pay dividends."

Cork City WFC are currently fifth in the Continental Tyres Women's National League, just five points behind UCD Waves and Shelbourne Ladies.

Cork claimed an impressive 4-1 win over Wexford Youths earlier in the season and Kelleher has praised the quality throughout the team, and believes that result over Wexford should give the team plenty of confidence.

Kelleher added: "I think the spine of the team has really improved this year. The likes of Amanda Budden being called up to the senior squad this year is a huge boost to us, it's made a massive difference.

"We had Ciara McNamara with the Universities team and if you go through the pitch, having Megan Bourque back with us has been great and the likes of Saoirse Noonan and Clare Shine up front have been fantastic for us this season.

"We've really improved throughout the whole team and it gives us plenty of confidence going into the game.

"We had a good game-plan against Wexford that day and it worked very well for us. I think they've strengthened since then so it is a bit of a different team in some ways we're playing tomorrow.

"They had a few players just back from injury but now they've really picked up their form, hence their position in the table so it does present a huge challenge to us. But, as this season has showed, we've got a result from them earlier in the season and the players should be full of confidence that we can repeat it."

Continental Tyres Women's FAI Senior Cup - Semi-Final fixtures

07/10/2017 - Wexford Youths WFC v Cork City WFC, Bunclody FC, 3pm
07/10/2017 - UCD Waves v Shelbourne Ladies, Jackson Park, 7pm