WNL Preview: Rovers host Bohemians on Saturday

Sligo Rovers women host Bohemian FC at The Showgrounds on Saturday as the sides clash for the second time in a week, with the visitors winning last weeks Womens FAI Cup game 3-1 in Dublin.

“The first-half last Saturday in the Cup game wasn’t at the level that I know we can produce and Lauren (Boles) got us back into the game early in the second-half,” stated Sligo Rovers manager Steve Feeney.

“We were better in the second-half and grew into the game a bit more and limited Bohs to very few chances.

“We have to play Bohs in our next outing this weekend at the Showgrounds and that will be an ideal opportunity for the girls to produce a 90-minute performance and if we can do that, then we have a chance.

“It won’t be easy, but it will be a good test of our ability to bounce back from what was a disappointing result the last day,” he added.

Seven days on from that 3-1 FAI Cup quarter-final victory at Dalymount Park, Bohemian FC travel to tackle Sligo Rovers In the Women’s National League (WNL) in the first game in the final round for the hosts with the teams sitting seventh and eighth respectively.

In terms of statistics, the Dublin women have an unbeaten record to maintain and they will also be anxious to maintain a push up the table in pursuit of DLR Waves in sixth.

However, Bohemian FC are two points adrift of the Waves and have a game more played following a scoreless draw with defending champions Shelbourne in a rescheduled game at the beginning of August.

For last Saturday’s Cup tie Abbie Brophy was the main tormentor of the Sligo Rovers rearguard and she caused major problems.

She gave the Dublin side a well-deserved 14th minute lead and soon after he hosts hit a second from a penalty, but an own goal on the stroke of half-time left it almost mission-impossible for the Bit O’Red.

Lauren Boles got her side back into contention early in the second-half with a fine piece of finishing and for the remainder it was end-to-end without any more goals.

Sligo Rovers can boast a victory against Shelbourne in their last WNL outing and they will take confidence from that despite a below-par first-half performance against Bohs in that FAI Cup quarter-final.

Eighteen games into their inaugural WNL season, Sligo Rovers have shown that they can compete and beat the best on home turf as they also shocked high-flying and now second-placed Wexford at the Showgrounds earlier this season.

A victory against Bohemian FC would be a good way to start the final series in the WNL.