Saturday, 15 August
Bohemians v Galway WFC, Oscar Traynor Centre, 2pm
Wexford Youths inflicted a 4-1 drubbing on Bohemians when they began life in the Women's National League last weekend, while Galway opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw against DLR Waves.
Bohemians: The Gypsies hope to have a full squad to select from for their home debut in the league.
Galway WFC: Galway make the trip to Dublin without Meabh de Burca and Ellie Rose O'Flaherty, while Amanda Budden and Chloe Flynn are doubts.
What they said
Sean Byrne (Bohemians manager): "There were positives to take from our first game in the league last week, mainly because Wexford are such a good side and we kept going with the workrate and the effort, which was very pleasing.
"It was great to get a goal in our first game and it shows that we can score goals in this league. I was delighted for Chloe (Darby) to get the goal but also for the team. We now need to build on that and keep creating chances in every game.
"We're expecting a tough game against Galway. Billy (Clery) has been in the League a few years now and he has built a very well-organised team. It's another tough encounter but these are the games that you want to be involved in."
Billy Clery (Galway WFC manager): "We started really well in our game against DLR Waves last week and should probably have been out of sight if we had taken our chances. But DLR came out in the second half, fought hard and got their goal. That's the way it goes if you don't finish when in front of goal.
"We're confident in every game that we play, but we won't be underestimating Bohemians in any shape or manner. We reviewed the footage of their game against Wexford and they have a number of players who can cause a threat.
"Every team is looking to get off to a positive start. We need to keep collecting points to keep in touch with the teams at the top because the top three teams from last season all got off to winning starts, so we need to catch up with them."
Post @DLRWaves match reaction from goalscorer Aoife Thompson and 16 year old @FAI_WNL debutant Shauna Brennan.— GalwayWFC (@GalwayWFC) August 8, 2020
#ThankSÓ @SoHotelsIreland @GalwayPlaza @nuigalwaysport @GalwayCityCo @sevenbargalway @GroundAndCo pic.twitter.com/i4je4bJDbz
DLR Waves v Shelbourne, UCD Bowl, 6.30pm
DLR Waves have a point on the board after their opening draw against Galway, while Shels impressed in a 3-1 victory over Cork City at Tolka Park.
DLR Waves: The Waves will be missing the trio of Katie Burdis, Orla Casey and Carla McManus, while defender Roisin McGovern has departed to start a scholarship in the United States.
Shelbourne: The visitors should have a full roster to choose from, except for Jenny McDade and Niamh McLaughlin.
What they said
Graham Kelly (DLR Waves manager): "We know this is going to be a tough game. I watched Shelbourne's game against Cork and thought that they were very impressive. They are a big attacking threat so we have to plan for that but also focus on our own game plan.
"We know that we can keep the ball and that we can't give it away cheaply, because Shels have the quality to punish you. So keeping possession is important and also to get at them where we think we can.
"The fact that we are playing this game in the UCD Bowl gives the players a lift and gives people that extra bit of initiative to come along because it's a nice venue. We have a great pitch in Jackson Park, but UCD Bowl has a few more things and that's why the game is already sold out."
Dave Bell (Shelbourne manager): "We know that this is going to be a tough game. We got a great result in our first game and we have been preparing as well as we can, making sure that we leave no stone unturned.
"I think the league is getting better, with the teams getting closer to each other, and you have to work hard to get results. Cork are a good example of that as they put in a good performance against us and have some good, young players. They won't be a walkover for anyone this season.
"DLR got a point in Galway last week and they will take a lot of confidence from that. When you get a result like that away from home it gives you a lift, and they got stronger as the game went on. So we are expecting them to give us a good game."
⭐️STAR PLAYER | @pearl_slattery— Women's National League (@FAI_WNL) August 12, 2020
Fixture | @shelsfc 3-1 @CorkCityFCWomen
A commanding display from the skipper 👇
✅ 1 goal
✅ 100% long pass accuracy
✅ 100% forward pass accuracy
✅ 100% passes into final third
✅ 92% passing accuracy
✅ 83% duels won#WNL pic.twitter.com/AdlBCVHarE
Athlone Town v Wexford Youths, Athlone Town Stadium, 7pm
It's a baptism of fire for Athlone, who welcome an awesome Wexford Youths team to the midlands for their first game of the season.
Athlone Town: Athlone start their league campaign without the quartet of Emma Donohoe, Jessica Hennessy, Ciara McManus and Chloe McNamee.
Wexford Youths: Forward Sinead Taylor remains unavailable for Wexford, while both Trina Duggan and Aoife Slattery are out injured.
What they said
Tommy Hewitt (Athlone Town manager): "All of the preparation is done now so everyone is excited to get started and see the level that we need to get to. Obviously, Wexford will be a tough first challenge but we expect every game to be tough.
"I'll be asking the players to focus on putting on a good performance and keep working hard no matter how the game is going. It might be a cliche, but it's important that they enjoy themselves because this type of experience doesn't come around too often.
"It's been eight months since we first got together, albeit with a big break in the middle, but we are excited to get going now. We know that Wexford will be a really good team but we just have to focus on our own performance."
Tom Elmes (Wexford Youths manager): "Athlone have nothing to lose. I'm sure they are going to be well organised, they are going to be hungry, and they are going to want to go out and do something in their first game. So we have to be ready for that.
"We've always been a team that was tough to beat, tough to break down, and we maybe snatched a goal or two - usually through Rianna Jarrett. So a big focus for us this season is that we have to be more productive on the ball, have more players showing up in creating and scoring goals, and matching that tough-to-break- down spirit with being better in front of goal.
"We got off to a great start and it's a credit to the players for that. Now we have to maintain that balance of keeping our identity but bringing more goals to our game. We will have to work hard in each game to achieve that."
📸 Final training session of the week before our first away trip of the season. pic.twitter.com/yrCCbm3HjX— Wexford Youths Women (@YouthsWomen) August 13, 2020
Sunday, 16 August
Cork City v Peamount United, Bishopstown Stadium, 2pm
Peamount United recorded a 5-0 drubbing of newcomers Treaty United last weekend, while Cork need to bounce back from their loss to Shelbourne.
Cork City: The Leesiders will be without Shaunagh McCarthy, Nadine Lyons and Katie McCarthy, while there are doubts over both Lauren Walsh and Nadine Seward.Champions
Peamount United: Peamount have just one absentee, with defender Louise Corrigan again ruled out due to injury.
Ronan Collins (Cork City manager): "Peamount are a really, really good team, but we've put it up to them in the past so we are looking forward to playing them again. Whenever we play Peamount it has always been a really good game of football.
"One of the good thing about our game against Shelbourne last week is that it is really good preparation for Peamount, as they would be on a similar level. We've put in a lot of work in training so we will be ready for the challenge.
"We finished strongly against Shelbourne last week, but we would like to bring that into a larger part of the game so that we match the opposition for longer periods and play more football ourselves."
James O'Callaghan (Peamount United manager): "It's always tough going down to Bishopstown. Cork are a good young side. Ronan (Collins) has had them a couple of seasons now, so we are expecting a really tough match.
"We know that people will have expectations because we are the league champions, but we just take one game at a time, we analyse the opposition and try to give the best performance that we can give.
"We will try to play our game. If we can play out from the back, we will. If we can play through the thirds, we will. But we know that we have to match the opposition physically and earn the right to play our game."