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Heffernan hopes for more international recognition ahead of Shelbourne test

Continental Tyres Women’s National League

Maximum points from her first two games as manager, Heffernan enjoying life in the Youths’ hot-seat…

Wexford Youths Women manager Laura Heffernan has challenged her squad to catch the eye of national team boss Colin Bell ahead of the weekend’s game against Shelbourne Ladies.

Youths have started the season brightly, recording two wins in two games against Galway WFC and Kilkenny United as they welcome Shelbourne to Ferrycarrig Park on Saturday, with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Striker Claire O’Riordan has been called up in both of Colin Bell’s Republic of Ireland WNT squads, making her debut in the Cyprus Cup in the 1-0 against Wales and Heffernan hopes more Youths’ players can catch the eye.

Heffernan said: “We’ve had Claire O’Riordan in the last two squads and she can’t speak highly enough of Colin Bell, she’s absolutely buzzing from it.

“She has been talking about the way he works and the attitude he takes in training, and she can’t get enough of it. It’s great for a Youths player to be involved.

“Hopefully if we can continue to put in some good performances, she won’t be the only Wexford player involved.”

Youths welcome Shels to Ferrycarrig Park looking to keep touch with top of the table Peamount United and second-placed UCD Waves, who claimed a 1-1 draw with Shelbourne last week.

WNL Champions Shelbourne currently have two points after three games but Heffernan is still expecting a tough test.

She added: “I can’t wait for the game, we’ve had a few good battles with Shels over the years and I’m expecting another one this weekend.

“You always know what you’re going to get from them. You look at the players they signed, it was always going to take a bit of time for the players to gel but when they do, everyone is going to have to look out.”

Heffernan returned to the club in the off-season as manager having previously held an assistant manager’s role at Ferrycarrig Park.

With the teams across the Continental Tyre’s Womens National League getting stronger, Heffernan is delighted to be back at the club and has praised the standard of the league this campaign.

She continued: “It’s great for me to be back. I’m really enjoying it and working with the players has been great as they’ve got a fantastic attitude.

“This season was always going to be about getting back on track and I haven’t really had to do much in terms of that because of the players’ mentality. They just constantly want to achieve.

“We finished in fourth position last year and we want to improve on that. The work going on in clubs like Cork and Galway is phenomenal and the league is much closer together in terms of quality.

“Look at the Kilkenny game last week and it was really tight for much of the game. The gap between the teams is definitely closing and teams will take points off every team this year.”

Continental Tyres Women’s National League

Galway WFC v Kilkenny United, 22/04/2017, 6pm
Wexford Youths Women v Shelbourne Ladies, 22/04/2017, 7.30pm
UCD Waves v Cork City WFC, 23/04/2017, 2pm

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