Saoirse Noonan & Muireann Devaney

This week Shelbourne’s high profile signing Saoirse Noonan and Athlone Town debutant Muireann Devaney join Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley to chat about their conflicting experiences on the opening day of the SSE Airtricity League Women’s National League season.

Stephanie talks through each of the four games played on Saturday including her own Peamount side’s late win down in Wexford, Becky Cassin’s long range strike to level matters after Rachel Kearns had given Galway the advantage with a first half hat trick and Bohemians blistering start to the campaign with goals aplenty against Treaty United.

Our main focus this week is the final game of the weekend between a new look Athlone Town and last season’s runners up Shelbourne with each of our guests lining up against each other in the midfield just a few days ago.

Saoirse talks about commuting from Cork to Dublin for training, clocking up the miles in the car and her ambitions for breaking into Vera Pauw’s senior international squad. She also discusses her move from Cork City and some of the options she had in Iceland and the UK and the impact the coronavirus had on her decision at the time.

Athlone’s debutant Muireann Devaney joins us to discuss her first taste of senior Women’s National League action. An experienced underage international who’s starred for Sligo Rovers in the U17 grades in recent seasons, she’s been involved with the home based senior interational sessions in recent weeks.

She outlines her own senior international ambitions although by her own admission she’s got a few steps ahead of her before that becomes a reality.

Both girls talk about the choice between featuring in the Women’s National League and for Cork and Leitrim in Ladies Gaelic Football where both girls represented their counties last season.

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