Treaty United primed for start of Women's National League season

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Treaty United primed for start of Women's National League season

Jenna Slattery pictured during a Treaty Utd portrait session at UL ahead of the start of the 2021 SSE Airtricity Women's National League season on Saturday

THE winds of change have swept through Treaty United senior women's team squad with Niall Connolly stepping in as manager to replace Dave Rooney for the 2021 season.

The UEFA A Licence coach is widely considered to be an exciting talent who deserved a break. Well now he has that opportunity to do things his way by leading a young Treaty United squad into their second season in the League.

There have been some changes to the roster too with the experienced duo of former Rep of Ireland international and Treaty Utd team captain Marie Curtin and Maggie Duncliffe no longer available, but the recruiting of Jesse Mendez and Olivia Gibson should help in freshening things up.

Scoring goals wasn't as big of a problem last season as many might have feared it would be - they outscored four other teams. However, they cannot solely rely on Aoife Horgan and Gillian Keenan to supply in this area, the entire team needs to contribute.

Some may say that Treaty will want to climb up the table this season, but every team starts off at the same point so there are no fixed positions to begin with. This is a fresh start for the Limerick side and that is exactly what Connolly will want in order to make his mark.

Treaty United kick-off their campaign against Bohemians at the Oscar Traynor Centre this Saturday. The game kicks-off at 2pm.

Last Season: 8th
Key Player: Aoife Horgan
One To Watch: Olivia Gibson
Manager: Niall Connolly
Backroom Staff: Sean Russell (First-Team Coach), Marie Curtin (Coach), John-Paul Buckley (Goalkeeping Coach), Ronan Mangan (Strength & Conditioning Coach), David Doody (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Aoife Gibbons (Performance Coach), Craig Reddan (Athletic Therapist), Jack O'Sullivan (Analyst)

Players In: Jesse Mendez, Anna Shanagher, Eimear Carey, Emma Costello, Olivia Gibson, Alana Roddy
Players Out: Karen Connolly, Marie Curtin, Laura Kavanagh, Maggie Duncliffe, Chloe Connolly

TREATY UTD WNL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Michaela Mitchell, Medbh Ryan

Defenders: Anna Shine, Anna Shanagher, Clodagh Doherty, Alannah Mitchell, Eimear Carey, Shannon Parbat, Alana Roddy, Eve O'Sullivan

Midfielders: Emma Costelloe, Jenna Slattery, Maura Shine, Jesse Mendez, Lauren Keane, Tara O'Gorman, Olivia Gibson, Esra Kangal

Forwards: Aine Walsh, Gillian Keenan, Aoife Cronin, Cara Griffin, Rebecca Horgan, Aoife Horgan