"The potential is huge."

Four words uttered by Stephen Lally indicate just why he has stepped in as the new Galway WFC manager ahead of Saturday's game away to Peamount United.

A well-known figure in the Tribe City, Lally played over 300 times for Galway United and has been a successful coach too with various roles taken up through the years in men's & women's football.

Over the last decade, he has been head of academy and coaching at Mervue United but many will remember his time in the women's game when he led the Galway and District Ladies team to FAI Women's Cup glory in 2007.

That team went on to compete in Europe and helped launch the international careers of talented players like Niamh Fahey, Meábh de Burca and Julie-Ann Russell.Now Lally has taken on the challenge of lifting the spirits within the Galway WFC squad after Billy Clery departed following some excellent work done over recent years.

After seven games played, Galway sit fifth in a nine-team League with just two wins secured so far.

The electric start to the 2021 season has slowed down and it's up to the new manager to reignite their campaign.

The good news is that Lally can call on some of the best players in the league in Shauna Fox, Savannah McCarthy, Ruth Fahy and Lynsey McKey, while there are a host of exciting youngsters breaking through.

One major area of concern will be ensuring that his players put football first ahead of other sports if they have ambitions of climbing the table or reaching the FAI Women's Cup Final.

With 21 goals already conceded, they must tighten up the backline and provide more support in defensive situations. So going back to basics might be the initial tactic before they can implement any specific style of play.

Starting away to champions and league leaders Peamount is a little unfair but then again this is the top tier of women's football in the country and no game will be easy.

Lally knows that and it's why he is excited by what is to come.

Athlone Town v Bohemians, Athlone Town Stadium, 4pm

Athlone picked up their first win of the season last weekend in remarkable fashion as they snatched a 4-3 win in Galway thanks to Muireann Devaney's 90th-minute goal.

It lifted them off the bottom and up to sixth, a point ahead of Saturday's opponents Bohs, who were edged out 1-0 by Shels last time out. The Gypsies played well in the Dublin derby but were punished by the clinical Emily Whelan.

Peamount United v Galway, PRL Park, Greenogue, 4pm

With sevens wins from seven, Peamount's title defence has been flawless so far, and yet they're only three points clear at the top. Shelbourne continue to keep the pressure on the reigning champions who come into this one off the back of a deserved 2-0 win at DLR Waves last week.

Galway have a new manager in the dugout and Stephen Lally will be hoping for an immediate reaction as his charges aim to do what no team has managed to date in this campaign: take points off Peamount.

Shelbourne v Wexford Youths, Tolka Park, 2pm

Shels had to dig deep against Bohs to get out of the Oscar Traynor Centre with three points, but the win was all that mattered as they try to keep the heat on Peamount.

A dangerous Wexford side had the week off so will be fresh and hungry to get a victory that would see them leapfrog Shels in the table and go second.

Treaty United v DLR Waves, Jackman Park, 2pm

Treaty picked up a massive win against Cork City - their first of the campaign - but remains second from bottom. Another success would be a major momentum boost but this will be a stern test.

DLR Waves and a well-organised, defensively sound side who will expect to get back on track after the defeat to Peamount.