25 February 2014
Holders IT Sligo face UCD in today’s WSCAI Premier League Final in Salthill Devon FC today in a repeat of last year’s final which Sligo won 4-1.
The best two sides in Womens Colleges Football go head to head in what promises to be an outstanding game, both teams are littered with Irish Internationals and Womens National League players. The league meeting between the two sides was played on the 7th November in UCD with the holders winning 2-1 thanks to two goals from Geraldine McLaughlan, Dora Gorman getting the UCD goal.
Both sides have played 6 games to get to the final with Sligo winning all their games scoring 30 goals and conceding just three. UCD have won five, only losing that game to Sligo 34 goals and conceding just three.
IT Sligo will look to Castlebar Celtic players Geraldine McLaughlan, Aoife Brennan, Aileen Gilroy and Emma Hansberry for goals while Rachel King and Kim Flood will be doing their best to stop the UCD goal machines. Mclaughlan, Gilroy and Hansberry have all been in Sue Ronan's Senior International squad in the last year and the World University Games with Gilroy part of the upcoming squad for the Cyprus Cup.
For UCD, International Player of the Year nominee Julie Ann Russell will lead the charge for a squad that has four players in the Cyprus Cup Squad, Dora Gorman, Ciara Grant and Siobhan Killeen will also travel with Russell. Jetta Berrill and the free scoring Catherine Cronin were also in last year's World University Games squad.
In the Premier Shield Final NUI Galway are looking to re claim the title when they face NUI Maynooth at 2pm. The westerners beat Athlone IT last year and are hoping to follow up on an excellent campaign with some silverware. NUI Maynooth's chances have been hampered by a long team injury to scholarship student, WNL player of the year and senior international Sara Lawlor, however they have had an excellent campaign since making the step up from the first division to compete well with the superpowers of college football this season.
The First Division Final sees Waterford IT and Letterkenny IT go head to head for the right to the title and promotion. WIT were relegated last season but have bounced back really well, with the amount of games they have won comfortably in getting to the final. Letterkenny will want to end their impressive season with the first division trophy and promotion to the top tier for next season.
The Challenge Cup Final takes place on Thursday in Mervue United's grounds when last season's beaten finalists Mary Immaculate College will face Athlone IT.
Fixtures for Tuesday 25th February
First Division Final 2pm Salthill Devon FC
Waterford IT vs Letterkenny IT (25/02/14 at 14:00) Venue: Salthill Devon
Premier Division Plate Final 2pm Salthill Devon
NUI Maynooth vs NUI Galway
Premier Division Final 4pm Salthill Devon
IT Sligo vs University College Dublin
Challenge Cup Final 3pm Mervue United (Thursday 27th February)
Mary Immaculate College vs Athlone IT
IT Sligo and UCD Results this season:
IT Sligo 7 University of Ulster Jordanstown 0
IT Sligo 7 NUI Maynooth 0
Athlone IT 0 IT Sligo 5
IT Sligo 6 Dublin City University 0
University College Dublin 1 IT Sligo 2
University College Dublin 10 Athlone IT 1
University of Ulster Jordanstown 0 University College Dublin 5
University College Dublin 6 NUI Maynooth 0
Dublin City University 0 University College Dublin 8
University College Dublin 5 University College Cork 0
IT Sligo 9 University of Limerick 0