Saturday, March 11th will see Round 2 of the SSE Airtricity Women's Premier Division take on five games. Champions Shelbourne make the short trip to Phibsborough to take on Bohemians, there is a home return for Shamrock Rovers against Treaty United.
Saturday, March 11th will see Round 2 of the SSE Airtricity Women's Premier Division take on five games.
Champions Shelbourne make the short trip to Phibsboro to take on Bohemians, there is a home return for Shamrock Rovers against Treaty United, Cork City and Galway United prepare to face off, DLR Waves make their 2023 season debut away to Peamount United, while Wexford Youths come up against Sligo Rovers.
It is a bye week for Athlone Town, who will likely be tuning into LOITV to catch up on the live action across the course of the day.
SSE Airtricity Women's Premier Division
Bohemians v Shelbourne
11 March - 15:00
Sarah Rowe will be hoping to impress for the home side as she takes on her former club on her Dalymount debut. The three-time Republic of Ireland WNT international was unlucky not to score in last week's win away to Treaty United, so she will be determined to put that right.
The midfield options for Gypsies boss Sean Byrne mean that they should be able to stand up to Shelbourne, who overpowered Cork City 6-0 in their opening game and introduced forward Kayla Hamric as a potential new star in the League.
The Reds will remember how difficult their meetings with Bohemians were last season, so this promises to be an entertaining North Dublin derby.
Cork City v Galway United
11 March - 17:00
Manager Danny Murphy will be hoping for a strong reaction from his players after losing last week, so home advantage could be key in this fixture as Turner's Cross is a venue that can bring the best out in teams.
Giving licence to Eva Mangan to break between the lines will be key in this game because she can make things happen for her team. Also, creating more goalscoring opportunities for the likes of Christina Dring, Laura Shine and Fiana Bradley will be on the agenda.
Galway narrowly lost to Wexford Youths in their first game with Phil Trill calling the shots. They will be fired up to bounce back from that. A big part of that must be unlocking the attacking drive that new signing Gemma McGuinness can bring.
Peamount United v DLR Waves
11 March - 17:00
There is a vibrancy with Peamount this season - event at this early stage - with a new-look attack that includes Kate Mooney, Becky Watkins and Carla McManus, all of whom are proven goalscorers in this League.
Led by captain Karen Duggan, the Peas move the ball quickly and that is how they controlled the game against Athlone Town last week. The question that they will be keen to answer is whether they can build momentum from collecting that first set of three points.
DLR are stepping out for the first time this season and they will be introducing some players to their line-up. The athleticism of Isobel Finnegan, the passing ability of Rebecca McMahon, the versatility of Hannah Tobin Jones, the power of Vanessa Ogbonna and the potential of Michelle Doonan gives them exciting options.
Shamrock Rovers v Treaty United
11 March - 17:30
Back in the League after a few years out, Shamrock Rovers make their homecoming on Saturday afternoon with Treaty United looking to spoil their day. The Hoops, however, will feel that they have the quality needed to collect a second win in a row.
Áine O'Gorman headed in the winning goal against Sligo Rovers and she will lead the way again for what is a relatively young team. But do not dismiss this side because they are newly assembled because it contains League winners who are hungry for more success.
Treaty showed, in flashes, some encouraging play in their narrow loss to Bohemians. New manager Alban Hysa will place his trust in young forward Heidi O'Sullivan to drive them forward and she has the ability to finish if service is provided. First up, though, will be establishing a strong defensive unit.
Wexford Youths v Sligo Rovers
11 March - 18:00
As they prepare to run out for their first home game of the season, Wexford will be keen to get some rhythm to their play. They were good against Galway United last week but they have the potential to be frightening with Rianna Jarrett and Emily Corbet possibly the most exciting partnership in the League for years.
One of the bright sparks in their opening game was midfielder Michaela Lawrence, who could be one to watch this year. Also keep an eye out for Republic of Ireland Women's Under-17 forward Ceola Bergin.
Sligo have a player in Casey Howe who could prove to be a major problem for the Wexford defence if she gets firing. The key to The Bit O'Red finding their groove is captain Emma Hansberry (pictured above) linking play with her exceptional range of passing.
Saturday, 11 March, 2023
SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division
Bohemians v Shelbourne – Dalymount Park, 15:00
Cork City v Galway United – Turner’s Cross, 17:00
Peamount United v DLR Waves – PRL Park, 17:00
Shamrock Rovers v Treaty United – Tallaght Stadium, 17:30
Wexford Youths v Sligo Rovers – Ferrycarrig Park, 18:00