Galway WFC host high-flyers Raheny in cup quarter-final

League and cup champions Raheny United are the visitors to Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday to do battle with Galway WFC in the FAI Cup quarter-final.

The Dubliners arrive in the west full of confidence, having qualified for the last 32 of the Champions League after topping their group by winning all three games.

The Galway women will be hoping to use the cup to kick-start their season, having failed to gain a point from their first two games of the season.

Last Sunday they went down 2-1 to Peamount United in Eamonn Deacy Park. Galway started the brighter of both sides and should have been a goal up in the opening minute, but Kara Mullins was wide.

The opener came in the 38 minute when Peamount’s Rosanna Maguire intercepted a back pass, and rounded Melissa Casserly to grab the visitors’ first score. Two minutes later Eleanor Ryan Doyle put the Dubliners two goals up.

Galway played much better after the interval and pulled one back from the penalty spot on 57 minutes when Mullins was taken down, and on her debut for Galway, Irish international Marie Curtin made no mistake with the penalty. There were a number of chances for the home side to equalise with Alana Moran, Susie Cunningham and Curtin all going close, but Peamount took all three points on offer.

On Monday evening FAI chief executive John Delaney visited The Arches Hotel, Claregalway, to formally launch its sponsorship of Galway WFC. As main club sponsor the hotel’s name will appear on the front of the GWFC jersey.

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