Were the group disappointed that the Wexford away game was called off which extended our break without football to three weeks?
We were, because we were looking forward to getting back into this run because we have a good run of games coming up and everyone was set to get going. Then when it doesn’t happen it is a let down. We can control plenty of things but we can’t control the weather, so we just have to get on with it.
An important player in our four wins out of four since the break has been Scarlett Herron and she has just won Player of the Month for September. Is that nice recognition for one of your new signings?
It is, and I think there was good competition for Player of the Month. I thought Joy was good and also, defensively, Shauna and Jess Hennessy were really good and it was good to have Áine back scoring as well. Picking that Player of the Month is not an easy job because there’s always plenty of players in consideration for it but as a new signing, it’s great to see Scarlett come in and hit the ground running.
It’s seven wins out of eight for Shelbourne since June, including Champions League games. How do you think they’re playing and which players have been central to their great form in your view?
Shels have been really good over the last couple of weeks. There wasn’t even much between them and Glasgow in that Champions League game. I think whoever got the first goal in that game was going to be the one to push on, and it was just Glasgow who got it but Shels did have chances to take the lead in that first half. They have some really good players. Noelle Murray is a real street footballer; she’s very clever and can hurt you. Megan Lynch is another. She drops in off the wide areas and picks little pockets of space so she’s another player that can hurt us. They have great quality in their side so it’s one where we have to be mindful of the threat that they bring but we also have to work on our good aspects of the game and impose our game onto them too.
It’s a dress rehearsal for the FAI Cup semi-final here in Tallaght but in terms of the title race, it’s a chance to draw level with Shels in second place with a game in hand. Is that an incentive for us?
Not really because we’ve never looked at the league table at all. It was never about the league table for us, it was about setting a framework, set a standard and try to add to that standard week on week. We want to be better by 1% every week in what we do, so we’ve never looked at league tables at all.
That said, does it feel like a big game because it’s a derby and the two teams involved?
When you’re playing the likes of Bohs and Shels, and even the likes of Wexford and Peamount, the teams that have been winning trophies over the last couple of years, it does add an extra emphasis to the game and it does become a little bit bigger of a game. But for us, we’re just trying to treat it as a normal game. We got three points from our last league game against Sligo and there’s three points on offer this Saturday as well. So, it’s about trying to play the game and not the occasion.
The men’s team aren’t in action this weekend so hopefully the fans put their season ticket to use and come support the ladies on Saturday?
Yeah, it’d be really nice because I think there will be some good football on show from both sides because Shels are a very good footballing side too. I think anyone that comes along will be treated to a good, passionate derby with some good football on display.
What’s the latest on injuries?
Orlaith O’Mahony is still out with an ankle injury. She’s close to a return but it’ll be a week or two. Other than that, it’s a clean bill of health.