Waves to wash over Shels

by Gazette Reporter

UCD Waves will aim to claim the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup for first time in their history on Sunday, May 15 when they take on Shelbourne Ladies FC at Richmond Park.
Waves have not yet featured in the final of this competition but they have big game experience following their appearance in the 2014 Continental FAI Women’s Senior Cup final.
Shelbourne on the other hand, due to an amalgamation with Raheny United at the start of the season will have a host of players in their squad who won this competition last season.
The Eileen Gleeson managed Waves finished up their National League campaign last week with a six-goal victory over Kilkenny United WFC, a result which saw them claim a respectable third place finish on the table.
Their opponents on Sunday are still in contention for the league title and face a tough and potentially draining title decider against champions Wexford Youths WFC on Wednesday night, just four days before the cup final.
Speaking to the Gazette ahead of Sunday’s decider, Waves manager Gleeson said she believes that Shelbourne’s game on Wednesday could help her side’s chances.
“They have an extra game to play on Wednesday and I’m sure that will have a physical impact on them.
“We have had a tough run-in in the league with consecutive game weekends and midweek so it has been a heavy load and finishing up over a week ago gives us a welcome break ahead of Sunday.
“We are definitely happier to not have a game this week.”
The sides have met twice on league duty this season with the teams drawing 1-1 back in February, but at the start of this month Shelbourne claimed a 0-2 victory, a result that effectively ended the Waves’ title challenge and a score-line they will be looking to avenge come Sunday.
Gleeson is happy with how the preparation has gone ahead of Sunday and expects a tight and edgy affair at Richmond Park.
“The girls have had a couple of days off but are back in training now and it’s all going very well, we have a full squad to choose from.
“We have played each other twice this season and the players know each other well.
“In the previous two games it was very tight and there weren’t many chances for either side. Our loss to them was decided by two set pieces so I would expect a really close and tight game in the final.”

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