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FAI Women’s Senior Cup Semi-Final Preview Treaty aiming to make history

Treaty United manager Dave Rooney will be fully prepared for Sunday’s FAI Women’s
Senior Cup Semi-Final against Cork City      SPORTSFILE

HISTORY is on the line for Treaty United this Sunday as they are just one victory away from reaching a first ever FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final.

The Limerick side want to be involved in the December 12th showpiece, which will be broadcast live on RTE2 as a standalone event for the first time, and they know the prestige that it brings.

Cork City, who lifted the Cup in 2017, are standing in Treaty’s way and they will have ambitions of their own. But Dave Rooney feels this meeting of the teams will be different from when Cork claimed the spoils in their Women’s National League clash in early September.

Treaty boss Rooney has spent the past week working on a specific game-plan and anybody who has seen his team play this season will warn that they should not be taken lightly.

Rebranded and re-energised from Limerick to Treaty United, they have won three League games and a Cup quarter-final and Rooney’s shrewd stewardship is one of the main reasons why they go into this final four clash with a positive mindset.

“If we can keep a clean sheet then I believe we have a great chance of winning the game, because I believe that we can score. So keeping a clean sheet is our first target,” said Rooney.

“Both teams know each other very well. It’s a local derby but it’s a friendly rivalry. They are the favourites so the pressure will be on them, so it’s up to us to catch them off-guard and to play to our strengths.

“If you had of said to me at the start of the year that we would be in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup and be in with a chance of finishing best of the rest in Group 2 then I would have viewed that as being a successful season. But there’s still a lot to play for.

“We know what is at stake on Sunday and the impact that reaching the Final could have, but we’ve taken everything training session by training session and game by game, so we just need to focus on this next game and play to how we know we can.”

In the other semi-final, holders Wexford Youths have home advantage over the team who they have beaten in the last two Finals, Peamount United. So there is little doubt that either team will need motivating going into this tie.

Wexford want to make it three Cup wins in a row, while League champions Peamount are chasing a domestic double after being knocked out of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in midweek despite registering a laudable performance against Glasgow City.

Both semi-finals will kick off at the same time, 14:00, and both promise to be thoroughly entertaining encounters.

FAI Women’s Senior Cup Semi-Finals
Sunday, November 8th

Cork City v Treaty United
Bishopstown Stadium, KO 14:00
Referee: Claire Purcell

Wexford Youths v Peamount United
Ferrycarrig Park, KO 14:00
Referee: Paula Brady

Women’s National League
Saturday, November 7th

DLR Waves v Athlone Town
UCD Bowl, KO 14:00
Referee: Daniel Murphy

Shelbourne v Galway WFC
Tolka Park, KO 14:00
Referee: David Dunne

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