CORK City’s Becky Cassin has warned her former Wexford Youths team-mates that they won’t be friends for the 90 minutes when the two sides meet in the Women’s National League on Saturday evening.
Cassin spent six successful years with Wexford — winning four Women’s National League titles and three FAI Women’s Cups — before signing for City during the winter break, and she is set to return to her former club for the first time this weekend.
The Leesiders are in confident mood having won their last four fixture, and the midfielder admitted they are all excited ahead of this game.
“When I signed down here, the first thing I did was look at the fixtures to see when I get to go back and play Wexford,” she told The Echo.
“Most of my best friends are in that Wexford team, so I am really excited to see them — but we won’t be friends for the 90 minutes, they won’t expect anything less from me.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the people around the club, but once we step on the pitch, it’s down to business — three points is the aim.
“I’m really excited for it, and the girls are as well, because of the run we are on at the moment.
“It wouldn’t matter who we are playing at the weekend, we are all just really looking forward to the game.
“The girls have been excellent, the work rate that goes in every week ... most of us are in three or four days a week training and gym sessions on the side as well, and it is paying off.
“We are one of the youngest teams in the league, so to be getting these results is really good.”
Cassin grabbed her first goal for City in last weekend’s win against DLR Waves and believes it now ranks as her favourite goal she has ever scored.
The 24-year-old insists she will celebrate if she scores again against Wexford, but her main priority is getting the win that would see them go three points clear of their opponents and into third.
“We lost John Kennedy in the last week which was sad and everybody around the club was feeling quite down, so you could see in my goal celebrations that it was special,” she added.
“I don’t score often, so to score on Sunday and to do it in the fashion I did was really nice.
“It’s my favourite ever goal now at the moment, I feel like I’m confident in my game and it’s not something I do — shooting from that sort of range — so it’s one of my favourites.
“I have a lot of respect for the girls and the club as a whole in Wexford, but Cork City is my team now.
“This is my team and these are my team-mates, so I think it would be rude of me to the City fans and players not to celebrate — but I won’t go over the top if I score.
“The aim at the start of the season was to finish higher than the club did last year, so if we can keep up the performances we are definitely on course to do that.
“To be rivalling Wexford at the moment is nice too, but we are focussed on ourselves.
“Three points is the most important thing, and if we could get five wins in a row that would be massive.”