Women ready for off
Published 30/07/2016 | 00:00
It seems like only yesterday since the Wexford Youths Women completed their title-winning Continental Tyres National League season, but they are about to embark on another campaign.
A new one-off format is on the cards, lasting from August to December to prepare for the introduction of an entirely new structure in 2017.
With the countdown continuing to their home Champions League adventure as well, it's a very exciting time for new manager Gary Hunt and his team.
They will have home venue for their first National League game of the new campaign against UCD Waves on Saturday, August 6.
One week later they will be away to Peamount United in Greenogue, with the first round of the FAI Senior Cup taking place on August 21.
After a bye on August 28, Wexford Youths Women will be back in action in the seven-team league on September 4 at home to Kilkenny United.
There's cup and international action in early September before the holders make the long journey to Eamonn Deacy Park to take on Galway on the 24th of the month.
Arch-rivals Shelbourne will visit Ferrycarrig Park on September 28 for a midweek fixture, and then there's a journey to Bishopstown to do battle with Cork City on October 2.
Youths are on the road again just three nights later to face UCD Waves, and the cup semi-finals are down for decision on the week ending October 9.
Hunt's charges will host Peamount United on October 15, with a break then until November 5 for their next league encounter away to Kilkenny United in The Watershed.
Hopefully the Wexford ladies will be able to defend their cup title in the Aviva Stadium again on November 6 though after last season's thrilling televised success.
The last three league fixtures will see them at home to Galway on November 12, away to Shelbourne on November 19, and at home to Cork City on December 4 when the series concludes.
They have shown already they have what it takes to succeed, so hopefully more silverware will be secured.