Monday 24 October 2016

Taylor hoping to sign off Shels tour of duty with Cup success

Dave Hooper

Published 07/11/2015 | 02:30

Sinead Taylor
Sinead Taylor

Next week Sinead Taylor will be holding the peace in the Lebanon and she hopes to be holding a Women's FAI Cup winners medal with it.

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The Shelbourne forward, a military police corporal, begins a six-month tour of duty in the Lebanon meaning tomorrow's final will be her last game of the season for the Red Pandas.

"We've prepared as best we can for our tour of duty. I'm actually raging I'm going because I was enjoying it here," explained Taylor, having signed for Shelbourne ladies at the start of the season.

Shelbourne aim to lift the WFAI cup for the first time in their history, having merged with Raheny United during the summer. Raheny had claimed the WFAI for the past three seasons.

Nine of last year's winning team are in line for a return to the Aviva Stadium where they will face league champions Wexford Youths, who are making their first appearance in the blue riband final. Ireland international Katie McCabe is a major doubt for Shels and her absence could tip the balance in Wexford's favour.

McCabe has found the net five times in four games for the Red Pandas this season.

"Katie's a huge player so if there's any chance she can be involved on Sunday, she'll be involved," explained Shels boss Casey McQuillan, having rated the striker's chances as 50/50.

The Shels boss, who is aiming for his second cup winner's medal in-a-row, however says he wants create some more history on the Aviva Stadium steps.

"Shels have won nothing so it's one in a row," explained McQuillan. "At some stage the Raheny name has to go and if we get the result at the weekend then that will be us moved on."

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