Series 10 of the Bus Éireann Women’s National League will be remembered for Peamount United’s stunning 13-0 victory over Castlebar Celtic and for the performance of the league’s top scorer, Stephanie Roche, who scored 6 of those goals. Raheny only held onto their lead in the league for one week after their slip up at home to Wexford Youths handed the momentum back to Peamount. Cork’s recent run of good form continued as they had a good 2-0 victory over Shamrock Rovers to lift them to 3rd in the table.
Cork Women’s FC have been on a roll following two wins in a row but they will now face the daunting task of containing the free scoring Peamount side this Sunday. Irish internationals, Stephanie Roche and Sara Lawlor, will again spearhead the Peamount attack and should prove to be a handful for the hosts. Cork will not be short on confidence for the visit of the leaders and will hope to put daylight between themselves and fourth placed, Castlebar, who are only a point behind.
Shamrock Rovers will be disappointed not to have shared the points with Cork last weekend but were punished for not taking their chances in the match. Rovers will host Raheny at Tallaght Stadium this weekend knowing that they need to take all three points if they are to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Raheny could only manage a draw at home against Wexford last week meaning that they fell back to second place in the table. Raheny need to keep the pressure up on Peamount and nothing short of victory will be required to do so.
Wexford Youths pulled off the surprise of the round last weekend when they put in a great performance to hold Raheny to a draw. However, Wexford have been poor at home this season picking up only one point at Ferrycarrig Park. Castlebar were on the receiving end of a trashing last weekend at the hands of Peamount and will be anxious to get their season back on track as soon as possible. Castlebar have yet to beat Wexford this season and will be hoping that they can earn that first victory at Ferrycarrig this weekend where the hosts have only earned one point this season.
Irish international manager, Sue Ronan, will be keeping a close eye on proceedings this weekend with no fewer than 8 of the players from the league named in Ronan’s squad for the Algarve cup at the end of the month.
2011/12 BUS EIREANN WOMEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE
FIXTURES – SUNDAY, 19th FEBRUARY 2012 @ 2.00 pm – SERIES NO. 11
Cork Women’s Football Club v Peamount United
Referee: Chris Buckley
Assistants: Sinead Forde & Lorna Callanan
Shamrock Rovers v Raheny United
Referee: Darren Coombes
Assistants: Ciaran Delaney & Kevin Baneham
Wexford Youths Women’s AFC v Castlebar Celtic
Referee: Michelle O’Neill
Assistants: Mark Hogan & Darren Ennis
P W D L F A GD PTS
Peamount United 10 8 0 2 48 13 +35 24
Raheny United 10 7 2 1 28 13 +15 23
Cork Women’s Football Club 10 4 1 5 15 19 -4 13
Castlebar Celtic 10 3 3 4 24 36 -12 12
Wexford Youths Women’s AFC 10 2 3 5 12 27 -15 9
Shamrock Rovers 10 1 1 8 8 27 -19 4