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 Miriam Byrne, Glanmire, takes on Grainne Dwyer, Fr Mathew's last month. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Miriam Byrne, Glanmire, takes on Grainne Dwyer, Fr Mathew's last month. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Glanmire coach Scannell ready for the biggest test of the season

AMBASSADOR UCC Glanmire coach Mark Scannell is under no illusions of the task that lies ahead of his team tomorrow in their Women’s Super League top-of-the-table clash against Liffey Celtics at Upper Glanmire Sports Complex (7pm).

The Glanmire chief, however, believes his side are progressing and.

“The reality is that we were decimated in the summer, but the experienced girls and rookies have gelled well and with two honest, working Americans we are moving along nicely,” said Scannell, who believes tomorrow’s clash will gauge the progress of his side.

“Look, to be fair, we haven’t played any top sides and I don’t mean that in any disrespect, but Liffey Celtics are at a different level to the majority of teams in this league,” said Scannell.

Coach Mark Scannell. Picture: David Keane.
Coach Mark Scannell. Picture: David Keane.

Glanmire will need to be wary in how they contain Liffey’s Americans Briana Greene and Allie LeClair, as they have been shooting the lights out in this campaign. The Kildare side’s Sorcha Tiernan and Aine O’Connor are also capable of hurting Glanmire if given sight of the hoop.

In this campaign, Glanmire’s experienced players, Aine McKenna, Casey Grace and Miriam Loughrey, have performed well and, with Annaliese Murphy capable of nailing three-pointers, they have every chance of toppling Celtics.

Another bit of good news for Glanmire is that former captain Marie Breen has returned to the squad and could play some part in this game.

It’s a difficult game to predict but if Glanmire show hunger, they have every chance of taking the points.

Verdict: Ambassador UCC Glanmire.

Singleton's SuperValu Brunell travel to Waterford tomorrow to play WIT Wildcats in a crucial Women’s Super League clash.

Surprisingly, Brunell coach Tim O’Halloran felt they were unlucky to lose to fellow Cork side Fr Mathew’s last weekend.

Chantell Alford, Fr Mathew's, makes a perfectly timed challenge to block a shot by Linda Rubene, Brunell.Picture: Larry Cummins
Chantell Alford, Fr Mathew's, makes a perfectly timed challenge to block a shot by Linda Rubene, Brunell.
Picture: Larry Cummins

In reality, Brunell did not expose Mathew's when their American, Shannon Brady, was out of the game with foul trouble, instead repeatedly turning the ball over, with some of their shooting options bordering on the ridiculous.

Amy Waters looked out of sorts against Mathew's and a return to form from the Irish international will be crucial. Danielle O’Leary is another player that will need to step it up over four quarters and victory scholar Trish Byrne’s tendency to over-dribble hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Brunell will be expected to win, but will need to give Wildcats respect on their home court.

Verdict: Singletons SuperValu Brunell.

Fr Mathew’s have another difficult game when they travel to play Pyrobel Killester at Clontarf. Mathews coach James Fleming was buoyant after their derby win over Brunell: “I was pleased in the manner we closed out the game against Brunell, but Killester are tough on their home court and we will need to be at it from tip-off.”

Verdict: Pyrobel Killester.