Cork sides ‘must target’ Europe

Fran Gavin, the director of the SSE Airtricity League, has challenged the new female soccer entity in Cork — and their male counterparts — to reach the Champions League in the coming years.

Cork sides ‘must target’ Europe

Gavin was speaking last night at the announcement that Cork Women’s FC will become part of Foras, which already runs Cork City, and be known as Cork City Women’s FC, and told them to aim high.

“The beauty about this was that we didn’t have to bring people together,” he said, “you already saw that there was a requirement here to bring expertise on both sides together. We’d expect teams from Cork to always be at the top, no matter what sport it is. Within three or four years, we’d expect to see both the men and the women here going for the Champions League.

“That’s what the target should be. You’ve got to set yourselves targets and goals.”

Gavin also revealed that a new title sponsor for the Women’s National League will be announced in the coming weeks.

The chairman of Foras, Pat Lyons, believes that the new partnership will be a mutually beneficial one.

“Our ethos is to be involved in, and part of, the community,” he said.

“This alliance with Cork Women’s FC strengthens our community role. When it was first raised, everybody felt it was fruitful and I have no doubt we will continue to grow together, hopefully it will be good for both of us.”

His views were echoed by Cork Women’s chairman Chris O’Mahony.

“Cork City and Foras have been the success story of Irish soccer over the past few years, you can see it in the passion they have and the standards that they set themselves.

“Those things obviously reap rewards on the field and it’s something that we need to learn from now as well.”

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