Opinion: Wexford Youths star Katrina Parrock on their season so far

By Katrina Parrock (@KatrinaParrock)

Reflecting on the season so far, we have made a good start to the season, but in comparison to last year it’s probably not as good as we would have hoped.

Currently we’re 5 points behind Peamount United in the table so we really can’t afford any more slip ups for the rest of the year. We’ve played nine games in total, so far we’ve won seven, drawn one game with Shelbourne and lost 2-1 to Peamount. This was a disappointing result for us but we’re driving on now in training to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

The season is long yet, so it’s still early days and with Peamount suffering their first loss of the season at the weekend, I’d like to think that this loss will have knocked their confidence a bit.

On my own form, I’m happy with my performances and I’m feeling good. I’ve always believed if you’re willing to put in the hard work and dedication, then the results will come. I’ve lived by this all my life on every team that I’ve played on and Wexford Youths is no different. As an athlete, if you’re not willing to put in work and if you have no long term determination then I believe you will not get very far.

Proud

I had the privilege of captioning the Youths team lately when we travelled to Dublin to play DLR Waves and we came away from that game with a solid 3-0 win. We had a depleted panel for the game, so I was very proud to be a leader on the field on the day and I encouraged the younger girls to step up and take ownership of their positions, when they were given the chance. It was a very special moment in my sporting career to add this captaincy achievement to my list of successes.

We have a good balance of youth and experience in our squad and this had definitely been a factor in our success. Younger girls such as Blessing Kingsley getting on the score sheet and Maeve Williams getting some game time really strengthens the squad.

On reaching the League Cup Final

We’re delighted to be in our first final of the season. It’s great to reach a final in any sport but we’re particularly hungry this time around because it’s the only cup we didn’t win last year. We want to get our hands on it this year for sure. We acknowledge that finals are tough games but we’re putting it in at training and really working on our formations to produce more goals. A lot of hard work will be required on the day but this Wexford Youths squad isn’t afraid of hard work and we know that’s what it takes to win these games. We had a fairly comfortable route to the final, defeating Kilkenny and Limerick well and our goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in both games. However, this final is going to be far from easy. Without doubt Shelbourne are going well this year and it will come down to who performs on the day and who wants it the most.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

On Tuesday (4/6/19) RTÉ Sports Journalist Jacqui Hurley and Irish International Stephanie Roche launched the RTÉ2 & TG4 coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Tournament. In my free time, I will be tuning in to follow the tournament and it’s great that we can now watch these games on TV. This coverage will give young girls in Ireland an opportunity to aspire to be a professional footballer or inspiration to play for their country in the future. This is a great step forward for women in sport.

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