UCC Women’s Soccer kick off their league campaign

UCC Women’s soccer host NUI Galway at 5pm this evening in the Mardyke Sports Grounds as they begin their Rustlers CUFL league campaign.

A change in management, sees the very experienced former FAI International Women’s U19 coach Dave Bell and former international and current Lakewood Athletic coach Laurie Hill-Harte join forces to lead the UCC side this season.

Harte, is enjoying the new challenge, “preparations are going well with plenty of talent to choose, with a good blend of newcomers and players returning from last year.  What I’m looking forward to most, is for the team to have a successful season like and to be able to contribute to in any way possible.  It’s a great opportunity to learn as much as possible about coaching from Dave, Greg Yelverton and the players.  As a new member of the team it’s hard for me to compare with previous years, so as well as continued success, it’s just as important for everyone involved to have and enjoyable season and take something positive away from it.

UCC captain Ciara McNamara is an experienced campaigner in the college’s league and knows they’ve to work hard and take nothing for granted this season. “NUIG have always been a strong team in the WSCAI and this year will be no different, especially given how strong the Galway Women’s national league senior and under 17 squads have been doing this year. “

“Dave and Laurie, have brought great experience to the squad. Dave has vast experience with international squads and know the WNL very well too.  Laurie herself has represented Mexico at a World Cup and played professionally in Japan, that experience will be vital to us this year.   They both demand high quality and intensity in training with can only benefit us as a squad going forward.”

Following on from the back of a very successful intervarsity tournament last year, by bringing the Kelly Cup back to Leeside, UCC are keen to add more silverware in 2020. “When you win something like the Kelly Cup you want to lift even more trophies.  In the last two years we’ve made it to two Intervarsity finals and won one.  But one thing we haven’t gotten to is a league final.  I really think we can get to both this year and fingers crossed bring more silverware back to Leeside.”

With the game kicking off in the iconic Mardyke Sport Grounds, the home of so much history, at 5pm today, and as part of the 20×20 campaign, we want everyone to come out and show their support.