Cork City Women’s FC kick-off the 2018 league season on Sunday away to Galway WFC.
This is the first season that club has been fully integrated into Cork City FC, and City’s General Manager Paul Wycherley said all at the club are looking forward to working more closely with the 2017 Women’s FAI Cup winners. Speaking to CorkCityFC.ie, he said: “We have been working closely with the women’s team over the last couple of years, culminating in their full merger into the club over recent months. This wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment and ambition of Chris O’Mahony, the outgoing chairperson, who will still be heavily involved in the operations of the team. The board were integral too, right from the beginning, to making this merger happen.”
“Last season was a historic one for the women’s team, as they claimed their first national silverware and we hope this is first of many. I know that Frank and his backroom team have been working tirelessly since that wonderful day at the Aviva Stadium, as they aim to build on their success. As a club, we have all been working together to improve and I am confident that the women’s team will be even stronger in 2018.”
“They have made some exciting signings which will be announced over the next couple of days in the run-up to the opening game and, on behalf of all at the club, I wish them every success in 2018 and beyond.”
The club recently announced Clonakilty Food Company as the main partnership sponsor of the women’s team, and we are also delighted to welcome Bodychef and Primetime as official partners of the women’s team.
Manager Frank Kelleher shared his thoughts with the club’s official website, saying: “Having tasted success at the Aviva last November, we all want more of that. The last couple of years have involved a lot of hard work and dedication from a lot of people to get us to the point where we were capable of lifting a national trophy.”
“The challenge for us now is to use that FAI Cup Final win as the foundation for further success and that has been our focus over recent months.”
“We have kept the backbone of last year’s team, as well as adding a number of exciting new signings who we think will strengthen the team even more. There is a big challenge ahead of us, but it is one we are looking forward to and we can’t wait to get the season underway.”
Head of the Women’s Committee Chris O’Mahony, said: “This is an exciting step forward for the women’s team, the whole club, and the national women’s game. Our women’s team are the only side in the national league who are part of a professional club. I would like to thank Pat Lyons, Mike Derham and the rest of the board in being instrumental in making this successful merger happen. From the women’s committee, Pat Healy and Eamon Breen, have been key too. I’m really looking forward to the opening fixture this weekend, and the full season ahead.”
Stay tuned to the club’s social media channels between now and the weekend for details of additions to the squad.