Kendra McMullan celebrates winning the 2017 Women's Challenge Cup (c) Presseye

CAPTAIN KENDRA PRAISES SWIFTS BELIEF

Sion Swifts Ladies captain Kendra McMullan believes her side can combine quality and resilience to emerge victorious in Friday’s League Cup final.

The Strabane-based side take on Glentoran Women in this week’s showpiece event at Seaview, while the midfielder cited her team coming from two goals down to rescue a draw against the East Belfast outfit earlier in the season as evidence of their self-belief.

“That game showed what we’re capable of and the resilience and belief within our squad,” McMullan explained.

“When you go a goal behind it can be tricky but when that is doubled then you know you are in a bit of trouble, so we showed what we are made of.

“In that situation most other teams would have crumbled but we showed our character and we believe this will be the case again for the cup final.

“Winning the Irish Cup two years ago was amazing and now we are in a position where we can build on that and add more trophies.

“As a player you always look at the medals and successes within your career so this is a big moment - we will focus on our strengths and what we can do.”

Sion are firmly in the title mix this campaign and having won the Irish Cup in 2017, they are now in a position where they are hungry for more success at the top level.

“We went straight into training on Monday and we have all week to focus and prepare for the game,” the captain continued.

“These are the matches you want to be involved in when you start out your season and we want to give the best possible account of ourselves.

“Everyone is really looking forward to the game and everyone is confident that we can do a job.

“When you’re doing well in the league the confidence is really high but that all comes from the management team Tony McGinley and Tommy Canning, who have been working us hard.

“We seem to be getting stronger every year and it’s an honour to be part of this team and squad - even though we’ve had a few injuries this year we have managed to get strong results.”

Friday’s showpiece will be broadcast live on the BBC and the Sion skipper believes it will act as an incentive for greater participation in the sport which has an ever-growing profile.

“Women’s football has come on so far and we’re all delighted to be a part of it,” said McMullan.

“Seeing matches like this televised is a great incentive for younger girls to get involved in the sport and its something that excites everyone.

“This is a massive occasion for the club and we’re aware of what sort of audience will be watching, but for the county and the town this is a big moment too.

“We will remain focused and go about the match in the right way to be making our way home with the trophy on Friday.”

The Women's Premiership League Cup between Sion Swifts Ladies and Glentoran Women takes place this Friday 28 June (kick-off: 8pm) - admission is FREE.

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