WNL Preview: CCFC v Kilkenny

Cork City will be hoping to make it two wins in a row as they host Kilkenny United in the Só Hotels Women’s National League this Sunday at Bishopstown with a 2pm kick off.

City came away with a 3-0 win last Sunday against Limerick thanks to two goals from Christina Dring and a goal from Saoirse Noonan. The match also saw the first start for Abby McCarthy for City who made several good saves to keep City’s clean sheet and in the second half the first city appearance for Sarah Jones who signed for the club this month. Cork City manager Rónán Collins reflected on their performance and the progression of the squad this season: “Last week Sarah Jones made her club debut, it was great to get her some game time on the pitch and she’s going to add to us over the rest of the season.  Abby McCarthy kept an excellent clean sheet on her full senior debut she was terrific.  We’ve said all season how much experience this squad is starting to gain.  We also signed another young player during the week, Sophie Liston.  She is another really exciting player with international experience who is going to add to the group.”

In City’s previous encounter with Kilkenny they came away with a 3-0 win, Collins reflected on what City can expect against them on Sunday: “Kilkenny pushed Wexford hard last weekend.  They have had a busy window bringing 7 players during the week.  It’s hard to know what to expect with possible changes, but Kane has had them really organised all year and they will be strong and ready on Sunday. We picked up the 3 points last week but know there is more in us in terms of performance.  The girls have been brilliant during the week and we’re really ready for the weekend’s game.”

Cork City will be without Shaunagh McCarthy, Savannah McCarthy and Lauren Egbuloniu while Nathalie O’Brien is a doubt.

Injured: Lauren Egbuloniu, Savannah McCarthy, Shaunagh McCarthy

Suspended: None

Absent: Liz O’Connor, Eve Badana, Rachel O’Regan

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