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A weekly look at all the SSE Airtricity League Women's National League action with Breifne Earley and Stephanie Roche.

Each week they will be joined by players, coaches and personalities from around the country to discuss games, goals and lots more.

Stephanie is a Republic of Ireland International who was nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award in 2014 and was won every major honour in the Irish game as well as having a professional career in America, England, Italy and France before returning to win a double with Peamount United last season.

Breifne was the Head Coach of St. Francis during 2010 including their UEFA Women's Champions League campaign where they secured the first wins of any Irish club in the Champions League era.

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A weekly look at all the SSE Airtricity League Women's National League action with Breifne Earley and Stephanie Roche.

Each week they will be joined by players, coaches and personalities from around the country to discuss games, goals and lots more.

Stephanie is a Republic of Ireland International who was nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award in 2014 and was won every major honour in the Irish game as well as having a professional career in America, England, Italy and France before returning to win a double with Peamount United last season.

Breifne was the Head Coach of St. Francis during 2010 including their UEFA Women's Champions League campaign where they secured the first wins of any Irish club in the Champions League era.

    Jetta Berrill: WNL Podcast Episode 15

    Jetta Berrill: WNL Podcast Episode 15

    After an extended break between episodes we're back with an episode of the Women's National League podcast with Irish International Jetta Berrill of DLR Waves.
    Unfortunately our busy schedules wreaked havoc on this weeks plans when a BBC interview caused Stephanie to be unavailable for our recording this week but we will be back with us next week.
    Breifne catches up with one of the recent returnees to the league Jetta Berrill who finds herself back at Belfield as the former Peamount and UCD Waves players has been back in blue since the completion of her veterinary studies in Hungary at the end of the academic year.
    She chats about the experience of coming back into the league and the ambitions of the squad which has impressed in their run to fourth place in the league table with a few games in hand to maybe close the gap to the top three in the league.
    Given the major news of pay parity for international players this week, Jetta discusses her experience as a member of that infamous Irish International squad who went on strike to kick start the discussion which has ultimately led to this announcement for the women's game this week.
    She also discusses her own history with some losing final appearances in the FAI Women's Cup and her DLR Waves side's ambition of challenging for an elusive cup win this season.
    Breifne takes a look back at the league results last weekend and previews the upcoming Cup Quarter Finals due to be decided this weekend.

    • 26 min
    Pearl Slattery

    Pearl Slattery

    This week it's all about the potentially season defining top of the table clash between Dublin giants Shelbourne and Peamount United. Shels captain Pearl Slattery drops in to chat with Peamount United's Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley.
    After an extended gap due to international games, mid season breaks and calendar clashes Stephanie kicks off the show shares some exciting personal news (0:30) before taking a look back at last weekend's results (1:09).
    Recorded prior to last weekend's games, Pearl Slattery (12:32) joins Breifne for a conversation about Shel's start to the season, her day job within the Football Association of Ireland and scoring screamers from distance. She also discusses life at Tolka and their ambitions for the season.
    Stephanie completes the show with her own perspective on the clash along with the other three games on the fixture list (36:05) this weekend.

    • 45 min
    Billy Clery, Tara O'Gorman & Katelyn Keogh

    Billy Clery, Tara O'Gorman & Katelyn Keogh

    This week on the podcast we're saying our goodbyes, to departing Galway WFC manager Billy Clery and also the win-less record of Athlone Town and Treaty United as Katelyn Keogh and Tara O'Gorman join Breifne Earley to talk about their respective side's first wins.
    In the absence of a co-host this week Breifne takes a quick look back at the action from last weekend (1:03).
    We have our first round-table chat with players from both clubs who secured their first wins of the season. (4:31) Treaty United captain Tara O'Gorman chats about the lesson's her young side have learned over the last eight rounds of games while Katelyn chats about the bridge from U17 competitions to Senior and the gap between the standards.
    The two girls discuss some of the issues associated with being one of the mid table sides in the league and the range of challenges associated with dealing with the wide range of standards in their opponents from week to week.
    Former Galway WFC manager Billy Clery (23:25) drops in to discuss the reasoning behind his decision to step away from his role after four and a half seasons in the dugout at Eamonn Deacy Park, with the added pressure of a young family and the time involved with coaching a team at this level.
    He discusses the lessons he's learned, his advice for any aspiring coaches coming into the league and the quality of his replacement in the role after the announcement of the experienced Stephen Lally earlier in the week.
    Finally Breifne takes a look at the weekend's fixture list (36:40) with the clash of Shelbourne and Wexford Youths topping the bill on Saturday afternoon.

    • 39 min
    Sarah McKevitt: WNL Podcast Episode 12

    Sarah McKevitt: WNL Podcast Episode 12

    This week on the podcast Cork City's new arrival Sarah McKevitt joins Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley to chat about getting her hands dirty and testing her green fingers in the garden as she takes part in SSE Airtricity's Biodiversity challenge.
    Stephanie (0:40) starts the show with a look back at the weekend's action including her Peamount sides close victory over Cork City, DLR's great 1-0 win against Athlone Town, Boh's heavy defeat to Wexford Youths and Shel's demolition of Galway WFC.
    New recruit on Leeside, Sarah McKevitt (8:27) chats about her move from Peamount to Cork City in a bid to get more game time. She talks about the opportunities and the prospect of finding herself featuring week in and week out in Turner's Cross.
    She discusses the life changes which saw her based at home in Thurles and the practicalities of playing in the Women's National League and her instant reaction to the phonecall from Ronan Collins of Cork. She chats about her first strike of the season last week against Wexford and the ambitions for the season ahead.
    Finally Stephanie takes a look at the weekend's fixture list (26:03) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are her own former side Galway WFC facing a big clash with DLR Waves while table toppers Shels travel to Peamount on Saturday evening.

    • 35 min
    Laura Heffernan & Under 19 League

    Laura Heffernan & Under 19 League

    This week Laura Heffernan, U19 Manager with DLR Waves drops in to chat about the new U19 League which starts this season. Hosted by Meabh de Burca and Breifne Earley.
    Meabh (0:34) discusses the last weekends games including Peamount's last half hour shootout against Athlone after a fine opening half defensively from the midland's club. She chat's in-depth about double goalscorer, her former team mate Sabhdh Doyle who has impressed during her initial opportunities at Greenogue.
    Title challengers Shelbourne also capped a fine performance with a 5-0 victory over Treaty United including a first senior goal for their new arrival centre half Jess Stapleton who made the move from Shamrock Rovers this season.
    Wexford kept their interest alive at the top of the table. 3-1 winners over Cork with Aoibheann Clancy finding the net twice amongst them while Sarah McKevitt opened her Cork City account in reply.
    Finally in the most evenly clash of the weekend DLR Waves edged out Bohemians with a controversial goal settling matters as the home side were awarded a goal despite protests from Bohemians defenders.
    Laura Heffernan (16:47), who's just taken on the role of U19 manager at DLR Waves, joins Breifne for a discussion about what impact we can expect from the new grade filling the sizeable gap between the U17 divisions and senior football.
    They chat about her 2017 senior title winning experience with Wexford Youths and capturing the U17 league title with Shelbourne in 2018 and the new challenge she faces in UCD.
    Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend's fixture list (31:28) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are the clashes of Cork City and Wexford Youths and Bohemian's visit to DLR Waves on Saturday.

    • 39 min
    Sinead Taylor, Aife Haran & Niall Connolly

    Sinead Taylor, Aife Haran & Niall Connolly

    This week Sinead Taylor of Wexford Youths, Aife Haran of Athlone Town and Treaty United manager Niall Connolly join Meabh de Burca and Breifne Earley to have a chat about their seasons so far.
    With Stephanie Roche tied up with work commitments, Meabh de Burca is back on co-hosting duties. Meabh (0:28) discusses the last weekends games including her own club Galway WFC falling to a heavy defeat in Wexford, Athlone's battle with Cork and DLR Waves and Athlone putting it up to favourite Shelbourne and Peamount United.
    Athlone Town midfielder Aife Haran (14:27) talks about her second season with the midlands club having moved from Sligo Rovers U17 at the start of 2020.
    Haran discusses the new experienced arrivals to Athlone, how they have lifted the standards and the team becoming more competitive than they were last term. She outlines their goals for the remainder of the season.
    Wexford Youth's forward Sinead Taylor joins us to discuss her slightly bittersweet goal against her former club Galway WFC at the weekend.
    Taylor discusses her career in the army and mixing her work commitments between regular 24 hour duty and international six month details, studying for her second degree and the pressure of playing in the Women's National League.
    Treaty boss Niall Connolly (39:04) has the distinction of being the first male guest on the show as he talks about the quick learning curve he and his staff have been on through the opening five rounds of the season since getting the promotion from the assistant manager role at the club over the close season.
    He discusses about while they've no problem at the top end of the pitch finding the net, some defensive mistakes arising from the style of play cost them goals in their early games. A focus on tightening their defence in recent weeks has produced more competitive results against league champions Peamount.
    Finally Meabh takes a look at the weekend's fixture list (24:45) and outlines how she feels the action will develop over the weekend. Her picks for the weekend are the clashes of Cork City and Wexford Youths and Bohemian's visit to DLR Waves on Saturday.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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