A brief history of Cork City W.F.C. from formation to the present season.
Season 2011 – 2012
Cork Women’s F.C. was founded after the granting of a license to compete in the inaugural season of the Women’s National League by the Football Association of Ireland. The club initially played it’s games in the stadium in Cork Institute of Technology for their debut year. A strong squad was assembled containing players such as Denise O’Sullivan, Marie Curtin, Ciara O’Connell, Claire Shine under the management of Dave Bell. The club had some mixed results on the field and and Bell left by mutual agreement in early March 2012. Former Tralee Dynamos player Ronan Collins took the reins of the club until the end of the season. After a strong finish to the season, the Leesiders finish third behind Dublin duo Rahney United and Peamount United. Peamount won the competition outright and sealed a double that season by also winning the cup.
A new season and a new manager as Maurice Farrell is appointed as head coach, there was also much change in the playing staff as several players like Katie McCarthy, Marie Curtin and Sylvia Gee depart while a young team impresses in patches but is disrupted by injury, especially to Irish International Denise O’Sullivan. The club also moved to Turners Cross Stadium for the upcoming season. The injury problems and changes in playing staff result in a difficult season and the club finishes second-bottom of the league.
For the third season of existance, the club underwent a huge transition in the playing staff as effectively a new team was signed due to departures. Irish International Denise O’Sullivan was the highest profile departure – sealing a moves to Scottish club Glasgow City FC after two excellent seasons. The club also begin very tentative discussions with FORAS Trust which sees the club playing their home games in Bishopstown Stadium in what is a difficult season as they fail to register a point and only score two goals all season. At the end of the season, Maurice Farrell departs the club. In more positive moves, the club strengthes ties with COPE Foundation and Cork Institute of Technology throughout the year.
The club formally agrees to a merger with Cork City F.C. and FORAS Trust, to become Cork City W.F.C. for the upcoming season. The club continues to play games at Bishopstown Stadium. Former Gaynor cup winning manager for Cork, Charlie Lynch is appointed to the helm as manager of the club and starts to assemble a squad with additions such as Irish U19 International’s Ciara McNamara and Shannon Carson.