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Top two clash this weekend in the Bus Éireann Women's National League

Updated: Friday, 29 Nov 2013 19:09 | Comments

Raheny and Peamount meet this weekend
Raheny and Peamount meet this weekend

Raheny United v Peamount United, Morton Stadium, 2pm

Defending champions and current leaders Raheny United will be looking to record their third win this season over Peamount United when they meet in this eagerly anticipated top of the table clash at Morton Stadium on Sunday.

Raheny won the meeting at Greenogue earlier in the league and also knocked Peamount out of the FAI Umbro Women’s Cup at the quarter-final stage so they won’t be lacking in confidence especially after snatching the league title from the Peas last season.

Raheny manager Terry Eviston said: “It’s going to be a very tight game with not a lot in it and all we can do is hope that we perform to the level that we are capable of, because I have no doubt they are going to be up for this match.” 

They must plan without Christine Byrne (ankle) and Kerrie Ryan (injury) while midfielder Caroline Thorpe is set to transfer to Peamount United after the game and won’t be available to either side.

Peamount trail their Northside rivals by three points and manager Eileen Gleeson has a full strength squad to choose from. She admits that her players are eagerly looking forward to the clash.

“We’re looking forward to it. There is nothing between us. We both have very good squads and it is going to be a very competitive game between the two best teams in the league.

“There is a great rivalry there and the matches between the sides have always been open games with both teams giving 100 per cent from the start,” said Gleeson. 

Castlebar Celtic v Wexford Youths Women’s AFC, Celtic Park, 2pm

Only a point separates these two teams in the table and third place is up for grabs with Castlebar desperate to hold on to that position according to manager Adrian Carberry.

“It’s a great incentive for both teams and we set ourselves that target from the beginning and we want to stay there but we know it won’t be easy against Wexford who are improving every week. We got what we deserved on Tuesday when we lost to Galway so we’ll be looking for a big improvement on Sunday,” said Carberry who is without goalkeeper Caoimhe O’Reilly (knee), defender Kim Flood (ankle) and striker Shauna Jackson (ankle)

Wexford Youths can leapfrog Castlebar into third place with a win but they have been decimated by injuries and have onbly 13 fit players to call on.

Amy Walsh is suspended while Julia Testorp (hamstring), Lauren Dwyer (ankle) and Laura Heffernan (shin) have joined an already lengthy injury list that includes Jenny Clifford (ankle), Jessica Gleeson (hip) and Rhianna Jarrett (cruciate).

Former underage international defender Nicola Synott has been signed to bolster the squad and is likely to make her debut on Sunday.  

DLR Waves v Cork Women’s Football Club, AUL Complex, 2pm

DLR Waves have been in good form in recent weeks and manager Larry O’Mahony is hoping that they can continue to build on that against bottom of the table Cork.

“Our form has been good and I want that to continue on Sunday, We were unlucky against Raheny and definitely deserved a draw while we also put in a good first half performance against Peamount before failing away,” said O’Mahony who is still without Lauren Boles (ankle).

Cork, who are still looking for their first points of the season, are still blighted by injuries and for this match they are definitely without Eimear Knightly (back), Linda McNamara (ankle), Amy Dineen (hamstring), Collette Dunne (knock) and Michelle Brown (knock) while Angie Carrie, Natalie O’Brien and Trish Fennelly will face late fitness tests to see if they have recovered from their niggling injuries.

Galway WFC v  Shamrock Rovers, Eamon Deacy Park, 2pm

Galway’s 3-0 win away to Castlebar in midweek gives them plenty of reasons to be confident as they face into a home game against a Shamrock Rovers side that lost at home to Castlebar last weekend. In-form striker Sinead Taylor bagged another two goals on Tuesday to bring her total for the season to 10.

Shamrock Rovers are without Rosie Maguire and Andrea Curley and boss Stephen Craig is looking for a big improvement on their performance against Castlebar, particularly in defence.

“We didn’t play well against Castlebar and could have done a lot of things better. We have to stop conceding soft goals so we’ll be looking to see if we can keep a clean sheet on Sunday and maybe pinch a goal at the other end,” said Craig.

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