WNL Preview: Kilkenny v CCFC

Cork City will be looking for their first win of the season as they travel to the Watershed this Sunday 24th of March to face Kilkenny United in their latest Só Hotels Women’s National League match with a 2pm kick off.

Looking forward to Sunday’s game against Kilkenny United, midfielder Katie McCarthy said: “Travelling away to Kilkenny, it’s a game we’ll be looking to come home with 3pts. It’s what we aim for in every game so this weekend is no different! The positivity and intensity from the squad in training has been super so looking to bringing that into this weekend. It’s great that some player have made their debut recently, Kilkenny will be a good game for them to show what they have.”

Reflecting on the games against Peamount and Wexford, McCarthy – who scored City’s goal against Peamount inside 30 seconds – had this to say; “I think scoring the first goal and possibly the fastest ever goal in the WNL shows the intensity that we started with and now have in our game. We have a feeling in the squad that teams are worried to play against us.

“We’re fitter than we’ve ever been and that showed against Peamount in the last 10 minutes, we play good football but can also hit teams on the counter with the pace we have. We defend well and teams have to work hard to get chances against us. Results haven’t gone our way in first two games but we’re building and happy with elements of our game,” said McCarthy.

Manager Rónán Collins had this to say on the Wexford game and City’s season thus far; “We had two new debuts on Sunday and more experience for a lot of new players, the squad is growing all the time.  We always said during these first few games that players were going to get opportunities.  We’ve played 19 players in two games, some have done well and there will be more chances again for players this weekend. We’ve been happy with quite a lot of aspects of our performances so far and need to build on them coming into the game.”

Looking forward to Sunday’s game against Kilkenny Collins expects a tough game; “Kilkenny have put in a lot of work during the close season and are a much improved side.  They possess a lot of pace in higher areas and are going to cause teams trouble throughout the season.  We will have to be vigilant to this and try put our style of play on them.”

City will be missing Lauren Egbulonui, Eabha O’Mahony and Zara Foley who are away on international duty while Eadaoin Lyons, Saoirse Noonan and Danielle Burke will miss out due to injury.

Injuries: Saoirse Noonan, Eadaoin Lyons, Danielle Burke

Suspended: None

Absent: Eve Badana, Lauren Egbulonui, Eabha O’Mahony and Zara Foley

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