By Aaron Clarke, Peamount United WNL, Head of Media
Peamount United look to bounce back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season against UCD Waves when they welcome Galway WFC to Greenogue on Wednesday evening, kick-off 8pm.
After a run of five consecutive victories a below par Peamount conceded five goals in a heavy defeat against Waves and Galway native Lisa Casserly admits it was a shock to the system, but they must bounce back at the first time of asking.
“Saturday’s defeat was definitely a shock to the system for all of us as it was our first defeat of the season” she told the Peas website. “It is very important that we bounce back as quick as possible if we are to stay in the hunt for the title.
“We are a very talented team, but unfortunately we didn’t show that Saturday night and if you are going to slip up playing one of the best teams in the league you will most definitely get punished. We know our performance wasn’t good enough on Saturday and as a team, we need to put the game behind us and move on. As all managers say in soccer. ’it’s all about the next game’.”
With four days between games, the midfielder revealed they must approach this game like any other and she believes it also ensures that they cannot dwell on the recent 5-0 defeat to UCD Waves.
“We approach every game with the same mentality which is to win. A quick turnaround can have both positive and negative effects. It’s tough to fit in a training session which would allow us the opportunity to improve on our errors, but It's good that we don’t have to dwell on the loss for too long as we have to forget about the game and put our complete focus on Galway who are a strong side.
“We always work hard on our fitness in training which should stand to us on Wednesday night and also we will be hungry for a win coming off the back of that defeat so hope will be high.”
The fixture at Greenogue will also mark the first occasion which Casserly will line out against her old teammates having left Galway this summer and she explains she is looking forward to the game, but she will be focused on her own performance rather than the opposition.
“I’m really looking forward to the game. We are both coming off the backs of defeats so it will definitely be a tough game. it will be unusual to play against them considering I have played with them for so long, but this is the way soccer goes sometimes and once the whistle blows I will be taking it like any other match.
“As with every game I do get a bit nervous and this game is no different. We are aiming to get three points from Wednesday's game so I'll be putting all my focus on that and won’t be worrying much about it being my old club.”
When asked about her expectations for the game, Casserly revealed she is expecting a tough battle from Galway who defeated Peamount in both league encounters last season.
“Wednesdays game will be tough as we will both be wanting three points. Galway is a strong side and will be up for a battle. In previous seasons when Galway met Peamount they were always very tight score lines and we will expect nothing less this time around.
“I believe if we perform the way we have been in previous games and with the home advantage we will hopefully get the three points.”
Please note Peamount will be live streaming tomorrow’s clash with Galway via our Facebook account @Peaswnl