Cork Women v Wexford Youths Women, Bishopstown
Wexford Youths will look to continue their push for third spot when they travel to Cork on Sunday.
The home side have goalkeeper Trish Fennelly back in training and are expecting a tough test against the Model County outfit.
“We’re looking to get something out of the remaining fixtures before the season ends. Wexford are pushing for third and it’s going to be tough but we’ll try to get something out of it if we can,” said Cork’s Chris O’Mahony.
Meanwhile, Wexford will be hoping Ireland U19 stars Ciara Rossiter and Lauren Dwyer have not picked up any knocks from their international exploits this week. Edel Kennedy is suspended.
“We won’t take Cork for granted but if we are to maintain our push for third we’ll go there hoping to do enough to get the three points,” said Peter Doyle.
DLR Waves v Shamrock Rovers, Jackson Park
DLR Waves are one of three sides with sights on third spot but welcome a Shamrock Rovers side that has made improvements in recent weeks.
Larry Mahony has a full-strength squad to choose from, saying: “We’ve trained well after taking a week off to recharge the batteries. We looked sharp and we’re aiming to try to win the final two fixtures. We drew with Rovers last time out. All the side in the mix for third will be looking to do the same.”
Rovers boss Stephen Craig plans without the injured Kate McKeever but is looking forward to the meeting with their South Dublin rivals.
“It depends on which Rovers team turns up. If we turn up and play like we did against Galway we’ll be ok. With two weeks off it’s hard to know how we’ll respond,” said Craig.
“We’ve given away some poor goals this season and that impacts on the confidence. I don’t think DLR are any better than us but it’s about us turning up and doing our stuff.”
Galway WFC v Peamount United, Eamonn Deacy Park
Peamount travel to Galway looking to maintain the pressure on leaders Raheny United.
Eileen Gleeson’s side must win their remaining three fixtures and hope their Dublin rivals drop points elsewhere.
Galway coach Nigel Keady has Becky Walsh, Keara Cormican and a number of others out of action.
“We’ll go into this game with nothing to lose. There’ll be no pressure on the girls. We’ll have a strong starting eleven and hopefully will give a good account of ourselves,” said Keady.
Raheny United v Castlebar Celtic, Morton Stadium
Champions Raheny are in the driving seat at the top of the table with a five-point lead over Peamount but they host Castlebar knowing that the Mayo outfit are a difficult nut to crack.
This will be the first of two encounters against Celtic in quick succession for the Pandas and coach Casey McQuillan is pleased to have a full-strength squad bar long-term injury victim Katie McCabe.
“The break was good for a few players to get over some knocks. It’ll be a tough test for us. We have Castlebar twice including a midweek game,” McQuillan said.
“We played them in the League Cup and drew 4-4 in a smashing game for the neutral – both sides went at each other. We’ll have to be on top form because we know their quality.“
Celtic coach Adrian Carberry welcomes goalkeeper Caoimhe O’Reilly back to training, while Geraldine McLoughlin is awaiting the results of an MRI Scan on a knee injury so is a doubt. Aisling Egan is back from Canada.
“If we were in same position as Peamount we’d be expecting the opposition to have a go at Raheny. We are fighting for third place and Wexford have stolen a march on us. Raheny are top of the league for a reason so it’ll be a very hard game for us,” said Carberry.