2023 LOIW Season Preview: Peamount United

Karen Duggan of Peamount United in action against Kira Bates-Crosbie of Bohemian FC

Peamount United's Karen Duggan in action Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Manager: James O’Callaghan

Stadium: PRL Park

Players In: Shannon Thomas (Finglas United), Avril Brierly (DLR Waves), Carla McManus (DLR Waves), Kate Mooney (DLR Waves), Becky Watkins (Wexford Youths).

Players Out:  Summer Lawless (Shamrock Rovers), Tiegan Ruddy (FC Sion), Rebecca McMahon (DLR Waves), Eve Conheady (Athlone Town), Aoibhe Fleming (Shamrock Rovers), Lauren Kelly (Shamrock Rovers), Stephanie Roche (Shamrock Rovers), Alannah McEvoy (Shamrock Rovers), Michelle Donnan (DLR Waves), Aine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers),

Extratime.com Key Player: Sadhbh Doyle

With the departure of key players like Stephanie Roche and Aine O’Gorman, it will fall to others to fill the large gaps they have left behind.

Between the two of them they scored 38 goals last season, almost half of Peamount’s total.

Sadhbh Doyle could be one of the players to step up into those roles. Still only 22, Doyle has six seasons of Women’s Premier Division football behind her and last year saw her most prolific year on the goal scoring front.

Doyle netted ten times in the league last season to place her firmly as Peamount’s third highest goal scorer. If she can kick on again this season, she could be an even bigger player for United than she already is.

The Clare native is also a versatile player and will be able to fill in at quite a few positions for James O’Callaghan’s side which could prove vital for the new look Peamount this season.

Extratime.com One to Watch: Kate Mooney

Kate Mooney has been involved in the Women’s Premier Division for a long time, having made her debut in 2016 for Shelbourne.

With eight seasons now behind her it took until the 2022 season for the forward to really make her breakthrough with DLR Waves.

She made 22 appearances last season, by far her most in a single campaign and her goals ticked upwards in too with Mooney netting ten times during last season to put her in the top ten for the season.

If things go right for her at Peamount this season, we could see Mooney score even more in 2023.

What to expect this season:

The era during which Peamount United dominated the Women’s Premier Division is firmly behind us.

Last season United managed a third place finish, placing just ahead of Wexford Youths. They were just four points off the top of the table.

This season few could see them putting up a major title challenge given the sheer class they’ve lost during the offseason.

Ireland internationals, heaps of goals and experience have departed the club and the west Dublin club will be doing well to sneak into the top four this season such is the level of transition at Peamount this season.

They’ve signed shrewdly this winter to be fair, with Avril Brierly, Carla McManus, Kate Mooney and Becky Watkins all proven players at this level – but even aside from Shamrock Rovers, the competition from Athlone Town, Shelbourne and Wexford Youths will be fierce at the top of the table this season.

First Game:

Athlone Town -v- Peamount United, March 4th, Athlone Town Stadium (kick-off 7pm)