New era for Galway women's football

This Saturday in Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway United Women will play their first competitive fixture when they entertain Wexford Youths on Saturday (2pm ).

Manager Phil Trill, in embracing this new challenge says it is a "privilege and honour" to be involved as the manager of the first Galway United women's team.

"Players, staff, members, board members – we are all really excited and looking forward to representing Galway in the best way we can."

It is also a bittersweet day for Stephen Moran, who had taken the lead in 2012 when setting up Galway WFC. As founder and chairman, Moran took the women's game in Galway to a new level as they representing the west in the women's league. However, forced to relinquish the reins, Galway United have now taken up his mantle, ensuring the the continued growth of women’s elite football in Galway.

And they come into this first outing on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win over Treaty United in pre-season. They will face a more daunting test against Wexford, who lost out in a thrilling title race last year to Shelbourne.

"Wexford to me are favourites for the league," says Trill. "Last year they came close to winning the league. They have signed Emily Corbett and Rianna Jarret who will bolster them in attack."

However, it is apparent Trill and his players have every intention of making their presence felt.

"We are not going to be afraid of anyone. We are going to play football the way we want to play football. We are not going to alter for opposition. We are going to play with passion and put our best foot forward."

In this task the manager will be reliant on a young squad that despite their average age boasts plenty of experience. None more so than Lynsey McKey who has been nominated club captain for the 2023 season. It is an accolade that befits her sterling reputation and career.

Spurred by increasing national recognition and international success, these are exciting times for the women’s game in Ireland. An increase in support and attendances is the next logical and necessary step.

Trill recognises the need to engage the wider community.

"We’d love to have a strong crowd. We know The Maroon Army are actively engaging and want to be there. We are trying to make it a big occasion. We want to build a following. We want to be competitive.'

After the disappointing announcement that Galway WFC would cease to exist in 2023, the county can now get behind Galway United Women’s team on Saturday.


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