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Underdog tag suits Peamount


Eleanor Ryan-Doyle

Eleanor Ryan-Doyle


Eleanor Ryan-Doyle

Dublin side Peamount United say they will revel in their underdog status as they taste the waters of European football in Scotland tonight.

And Peamount star Eleanor Ryan-Doyle claims it was the childhood dream of playing at this stage, against the elite of the women's game in Europe, which has driven her to the stage where United hope for an upset against a classy Glasgow City side.

Peamount enter the Champions League for the first time in eight years, this season's competition twice delayed by Covid-19, and the two-legged structure is another victim of the pandemic as tonight's tie in Glasgow is a one-off match, a daunting prospect which pits amateurs against professionals.

"I think we're the underdogs and we have nothing to lose really. There's a lot of pressure on Glasgow to compete and win this match," says Ryan-Doyle.

"It's about hard work. They won't know our players as much as we'll know them, we know them better than us, they might think they will walk all over us.

"We have had the hardest draw of the whole group, the players they have, the internationals: but we have internationals as well, everyone has played underage for Ireland and it's important for us to keep our heads up and know we have great players as well as them, we have to remember that and remember how good we are," adds Ryan-Doyle, a ball girl when Peamount played PSG in the competition in 2011.