Bus Éireann Women’s National League champions Raheny United will host DLR Waves in their opening game of the 2013-14 season after the new campaign’s fixtures were issued today.

Raheny are preparing for their first foray into the UEFA Women’s Champions League this summer and are looking to build on a memorable year that saw them crowned national champions for the first time.

Deposed champions Peamount United face a derby match against Shamrock Rovers in their first fixture while Castlebar Celtic host Cork Women’s FC.

The league’s newest members Galway FC have a home tie against Wexford Youths Women’s AFC in the final fixture of the opening series. The addition of Galway FC into the league brings the league membership up to eight clubs.

League director Fran Gavin is positive that the Bus Éireann Women’s National League continues to progress. “Last season was a very competitive campaign with a tight title race and a number of clubs making progress,” said Gavin.

“That was proven by the number of young players who progressed from the league into our international squads, including Sue Ronan’s senior international side.

“The addition of Galway FC is another real positive. The Galway football community has got right behind the new club and they will be a competitive side right from the start playing out of Eamonn Deacy Park.

“The league is entering its third year and it has made gradual progress each season. We started with six clubs and now we are up to eight with the geographical spread continuing.”

Opening round of fixtures:
Sunday, 25th August 2013 (2.00pm)

Castlebar Celtic v Cork Women’s FC
Galway FC v Wexford Youths Women’s AFC
Raheny United v DLR Waves
Shamrock Rovers v Peamount United

The full list of fixtures are available at: wnl.fai.ie