League Preview: Peamount United -v- Shelbourne

Fri, Nov 20 2020

None Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

PEAMOUNT UNITED

The reigning WNL Champions could clinch the title, for the second season in a row, when they host rivals Shelbourne at PRL Park tomorrow (kick-off 6pm).

It’s a huge game for both sides tomorrow as if either team wins, they clinch this year’s League title.

With Peamount having two games left to play, a draw between the two sides would give them another chance at the title when they face Wexford Youths on the last day of the season.

Having already beaten The Reds twice this season, James O’Callaghan’s side will be confident they can clinch the last few points they need to secure another title tomorrow.

The manager is still wary of the threat last year’s runners up pose.

"It's a really exciting game and we're really looking forward to it. We can't wait. It should be a great advertisement for the Women's National League,” O’Callaghan said, speaking to the WNL website.

"Shelbourne are a top side, they're a very fast, technically good team so we're really going to have to be on form."

United missed out on a League and Cup double last season when they lost the FAI Cup to Wexford Youths last November and with another final coming up against Cork City this season they’ll be looking to go that step further starting Saturday.

SHELBOURNE

The Reds are in a precarious position going into tomorrow’s game, if they lose they miss out on another WNL title and if they draw it still leaves the door open for Peamount to win the title later.

They have one game left, they know exactly what they have to do and that’s beat Peamount United.

Although Shelbourne have been one of the top teams over the last few years, they have just the one bit of silverware to show for it, last year’s League Cup when they defeated Wexford Youths.

Twice in a row they have finished second in the WNL and it could be a third time if things don’t go their way on Saturday evening.

"If I thought that we were going to be in this position at the start of the season then I would have taken it,” manager Dave Bell told the WNL website.

“Obviously Peamount beat us earlier in the season; we've buckled ourselves down and we've worked hard and it comes down to this game.”

Referee: Paula Brady

MATCH STATS

If Shelbourne win, it will be their first WNL title since 2016.

Both sides have lost just one League game so far this season.

Peamount have beaten Shelbourne twice, once in the WNL and again in the WFAI Cup.

BETTING

Peamount United 10/11; Draw 12/5; Shelbourne 2/1.

PREDICTION

Peamount United 1–0 Shelbourne

Peamount United

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.

Shelbourne

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.