Almost two weeks on from the disappointment of Kyiv with Ireland, Aine O'Gorman will be aiming to make continental progress with Peamount United in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

On Wednesday night, the Dublin club face a tough task away at last season's quarter-finalists and top qualifying round seeds Glasgow City in the first qualifying round.

O'Gorman, who was part of Ireland side which suffered a chastening loss to Ukraine on 23 October in the race for European Championship qualification, feels the Glasgow City game is an opportunity to exorcise any frustrations from international duty.

"It's nice to get back out playing again after the disappointment of the game in Kyiv," she says ahead of Wednesday's one-legged knockout fixture. 

"We've got quite an experienced squad as well and I know their squad is full of Scottish internationals. We have past, present and underage internationals in our team, so it should be a good game and we're looking forward to the challenge."

The match against Glasgow comes in the midst of a Women's National League title battle against Shelbourne, with Peamount already into the second phase of the season since it kicked off back in August. 

That has allowed the club to build momentum and gain significant match sharpness.

"The timing of the Champions League changing probably has suited us in that we've gotten a good run of league games in as well and building a bit of momentum," O'Gorman says.

"So we're looking to bring that in and hopefully we're able to perform to our ability. We know we're going to be up against a good Glasgow side but we're going to go out there, we've nothing to lose, give it our best shot and hopefully get a result."

 Glasgow City players celebrate a goal against Celtic in October

Conversely, Glasgow have played just two league games of their new Scottish campaign so far, following cancellation of the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's good that we've gotten a lot of games under our belt this season and are nearly finished now with the season now and they've just played their second league game yesterday as well, and you can't forget that they're a professional set-up," O'Gorman adds.

"We don't have that status quite yet in our Peamount team. Although most of us would have amateur status, we have a very professional attitude.

"Obviously with the international break and no league game this weekend either, it's been a while since we did play a game, but I think the fact that we have good momentum in the league should stand by us."

But she is under no illusion about the threat Glasgow pose, especially at home, and the Scottish side will also have two familiar faces for O'Gorman and Peamount in the shape of Irish international duo Clare Shine and Tyler Toland.

"Two hugely talented players, which goes to show what we're up against, let alone that they are full of Scottish internationals," said O'Gorman.

On the flip side, the nip and tuck nature of the title race with Shelbourne has kept a high level of intensity among the Peamount contingent: "It's really, really tight which is great for the league and is really exciting and keeps us all on the top of our game and hoping to raise the intensity going into the game on Wednesday."

But with UEFA tweaking the format to one leg rather than home and away, O'Gorman adds that the one-off nature of the tie might be "advantageous" to Peamount as underdogs.

"I think we have the players and the squad to get a result," she says.

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