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Final Whistle Women's National League - Final Whistle EPISODE 2, 9th March 2021
Catherine Cronin & Kate O'Donovan
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Catherine Cronin & Kate O'Donovan

This week Stephanie Roche and Breifne Earley are joined by DLR Waves captain Catherine Cronin and Kate O'Donovan of last years FAI Women's Cup finalists Cork City.

Kate O'Donovan tells us about Cork's pre-season campaign so far including their 3-1 victory over Treaty United last weekend in a physical encounter.

She explains the impact of losing players like Saoirse Noonan to Shels and goalkeeper Maria O'Sullivan to a scholarship in the United States and the positive opportunity that creates for younger prospects to break into the team and showcase their own abilities in those key roles within the team and the talent coming through the academy which was created within the club in 2015.

Players like Laura Shine, Kelly Leahy and Eva Mangan who are beginning to feature for the senior team are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the quality currently in their underage sides.

Catherine Cronin joined the discussion and we got into a range of topics including DLR's strong recruitment through the off-season, being lucky enough to be able to be training and playing in the current environment and the recent announcement of a contract extension for Waves manager Graham Kelly.

She talks about the addition of Jess Gleeson from Shelbourne, and the former Peamount United pair of Niamh Barnes & Louise Corrigan who will add some experience at the back for the team for this year.

Catherine also chats about her day job of nursing in a hospital in the middle of a pandemic and her upcoming wedding plans for this summer.

Stephanie discusses the upcoming launch of the League of Ireland and the Women's National League on Wednesday, the launch of LOI TV and the building excitement for the campaign ahead.