Soccer: Match Preview – Cork City W.F.C. – Castlebar Celtic 13th March 2016

10 March 2016
By Bryan Smyth


Cork City W.F.C. welcome Castlebar Celtic to Bishopstown Stadium this Sunday 13th March at 2pm for the latest game in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League. Continental Tyres Football Festival will also be happening in Bishopstown Stadium this Sunday at 1.00pm where fun activities will take place before the game.

The Leesiders will be looking to get their season back on track after recent defeats against Galway W.F.C. in Eamon Deacy Park and a narrow single goal defeat to Peamount United in Bishopstown the weekend before. The Rebels have been suffering with injuries in recent weeks and have seen results dip even as performances remain strong.

Speaking on the game – manager Frank Kelleher had this to say “As we haven’t had a league fixture for two weeks we are eager to play on Sunday and improve our league form. It was disappointing to lose against Galway two weeks ago. Again we were in this game for long periods but couldn’t convert our chances early on. We all know however goals win matches – even if it feels a cliché to say it, we need to be putting them away.”

“This week we will continue to focus on improving our attacking play and keeping possession by simplifying our passing game. This is the mantra for further development of this squad of players. It has all been about hard work and high intensity sessions this week. It is now time to deliver more consistent performances and play with confidence. This level will require change of mindset from our squad and we have again spoken honestly about this all week.”
He continued “We know Castlebar can be a sticky side to play against and we’re expecting a tough game. They have a number of quality players in their side and we’re hopeful of a professional and competitive game on Sunday from both teams.”

We’re delighted to welcome the Continental Tyres road show to Bishopstown who are the women’s national league main sponsor – they bring a lot to the league and we’re very grateful to have them involved. Its imperative the people of Cork continue to come out and support the club in the coming weeks as we have a number of home games coming up – and the support has been excellent throughout this season.”

The Cork side will be without a number of players for this game with Chelsea Noonan, Katie McCarthy and Stacey Paul all on the long-term injury. Catherine Cooke is also out with a knock while Saorise Noonan continues to recover from her injury picked up on international duty.

Cork City are also running a joint fundraiser with Cork City U17 & U19 teams for two premium tickets for Bruce Springsteen plus accommodation in the City North Hotel on the 29th May 2016 up for grabs in a draw. Tickets are priced at €2 each or €5 for three with the winning ticket to be drawn on May 13th at half time of the Cork City v Derry City game in Turners Cross Stadium.

Injuries – Chelsea Noonan, Stacey Paul, Katie McCarthy, Catherine Cooke, Saorise Noonan
Suspensions – none
Absentees – none

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