Match Preview: Rovers Women take on Cork City tomorrow

Sligo Rovers will continue their quest for a first Women’s Premier Division (WPD) victory of the season when they make the long trip to Turner’s Cross on Saturday to tackle a Cork City side that is also on the scent of a first win, writes Conall Collier.

This is the battle of the bottom two teams in the WPD with Cork City ahead of the Bit O’Red following the point they picked up against a Treaty Utd side that defeated Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds.

Looking for a positive for Sligo Rovers going into this game is fairly straightforward, while they have a goal difference of minus 15, it’s superior to the Munster women who have a tally of minus 20.

And there is the key to this encounter, the defence that performs best will take the points.

Scoring could also pose a challenge with the Bit O’Red slightly better in that department also with five goals scored compared to Cork City’s three.

Last weekend Cork City conceded five against a Shamrock Rovers side that struggled to get the better of Sligo Rovers on the opening day of the season, but this contest will come down to consistency over 90 minutes.

Speaking after last Saturday’s game against Bohemian FC, Emma Hansberry outlined the mood amongst the Sligo Rovers players.

“We were very disappointed not to  get a point, or even three points, on the board,” she stated after the narrow defeat at Dalymount Park.

“Overall, we were happy enough with our performance regardless of the score, we created some chances, but conceding from the set piece, the corner, that’s something we will to look at for the next game.

“We’re a good few games into the season now and we have no points on the board, that’s very disappointing considering that we have some very good players.

“We will keep working hard at training and hopefully we will get something from the next game.

“There are no easy games in this league and we will assess Cork, hopefully we will show up on the day and give a performance and get some points on the board,” she concluded.

Kick-off at Turner’s Cross is at 5pm and the game can be viewed on LOITV.