Women's FAI Cup final: Cork look to set early agenda

We will be quietly confident going into the match against UCD, says Ciara McNamara

Top scorer Clare Shine will be back for Cork City’s pivotal weekend clashes. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Top scorer Clare Shine will be back for Cork City’s pivotal weekend clashes. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

 

Women’s FAI Cup final: Cork City v UCD, Aviva Stadium, 12.0, Live on RTÉ 2

With the league title decided in Wexford Youths' favour on Saturday night after their 2-0 win over Peamount United, Sunday's FAI Cup final is, in a sense, the second of the two cup finals in women’s football this weekend.

A win for Cork City in the cup decider at the Aviva (12.0) might prove to be the first half of a very special day for the club.

On Sunday, it’s all even to start with, of course, although UCD Waves go into the game with an edge in terms of experience and results between the two this season.

Aine O’Gorman misses the game with an injury picked up while on international duty but Karen Duggan and Claire Walsh are both expected to start for the Dubliners after having been rested recently and Naimi Chemaou is pushing for a place after impressing when Duggan was rested.

Top scorer Clare Shine will be back for City whose captain, Ciara McNamara, insists her side has nothing to fear.

“We haven’t beaten them this year but we’ll be quietly confident going into the match,” she says. “We feel we can beat anyone on our day and we’ll be able for any team that’s put in front of us.”

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