Preview: WNL: Rovers travel to Wexford tomorrow

Sligo Rovers make the trip to Women’s National League table-toppers Wexford Youths Women on Saturday at 4.30pm, for a Live TG4 showdown against a team they defeated at The Showgrounds last June with a 1-0 victory.

On that occasion Emma Doherty, who along with Kerri O’Hara missed the Treaty game due to international action with The Republic of Ireland Under 19s, gave the Bit O’ Red the lead in the 67th minute and Amy Mahon sensationally saved a 93rd minute penalty from Kylie Murphy.

For the winning goal, Rovers substitute O’Hara chased a long clearance, but Wexford ‘keeper Maeve Williams raced out of the area to clear. Emma Doherty pounced on the loose ball and from about 30 metres floated the ball into the Wexford net.

Both Doherty and O’Hara will be available for the trip to Ferrycarraig Park.

Wexford go into the game on the back of a two-game losing sequence and without a win since they got the better of bottom-of-the-table Treaty Utd by 3-0 in September.

The Bit O’Red haven’t won since they defeated title-chasing Shelbourne by 3-2 at the Showgrounds last July.

That was the first TG4 televised game of the season and now the Sligo Rovers Women have an opportunity to make an impact on the title race as they face Wexford followed by a visit to Shelbourne the following weekend.

Wexford lost to Athlone Town in their last two outings, the FAI Cup and the WNL, and will be targeting a victory against Sligo Rovers, although they will adopt a cautious approach to the contest.

In that WNL game against Athlone, an early goal from an Aoibheann Clancy penalty gave Wexford the best possible start, but the hosts equalised midway through the first-half and struck an 81st minute winner for a crucial victory.

That same weekend, Sligo Rovers had to work hard to earn a point in a 1-1 draw against Treaty Utd at the Showgrounds.

That same weekend, Sligo Rovers had to work hard to earn a point in a 1-1 draw against Treaty Utd at the Showgrounds and Steve Feeney’s side will go into the game as massive underdogs, but the boss is optimistic about the outcome.

“It wouldn’t shock us if we go and get results in the next two games as we seem to perform better against the top teams,” stated Feeney.

“We have a good group of players and the game this weekend against Wexford and Shelbourne the following week, will give our players an opportunity to put in the type of performances that could help us to get something out of the games,” he added.