Linfield Ladies FC manager Ryan McConville gave his reaction to the hugely impressive 2-0 midweek victory against Crusaders Newtownabbey Strikers when he spoke to Linfieldfc.com at training at the Olympia Leisure Centre this afternoon.
"It was great to get such a positive result against one of the big Two in women's football and it will help to encourage the girls and boost their confidence levels. However, one swallow does not make a summer, so we want to turn in those type of performances and results on a consistent basis, as we want to kick on from what was certainly a very pleasing result on Wednesday.
We'll hopefully add one or two more players to the squad when the transfer window opens in July and the aim is to make us a real force to be reckoned with. There's a long way to go and there are a lot of important games ahead starting with a home game against Ballymena on Wednesday night and we'll certainly be trying to build on the encouraging result we fully deserved against the reigning league champions last week.
Ballymena will make it tough for us in midweek. They've had a few good results, including an impressive win against Cliftonville last week, so they'll be pushing hard for 3rd place in the league but after our win last week, we want to try and build a bit of momentum ourselves going into 2 cup games in the next few weeks.
We are delighted with the goalscoring form of young Kirsty McGuinness. Her quality speaks for itself and she's a senior international at just 19 years of age. She's been brilliant since she re-signed for the club and she gives a lot to the team and she's playing with a smile on her face. She's scored 8 goals in 4 games and naturally, we were really pleased with her 2 goals to give us such a morale boosting 2-0 win against a top side such as Crusaders in midweek."
Goalscorer Kirsty McGuinness also spoke to Linfieldfc.com
"I was delighted to get the 2 goals in midweek but more importantly, it was a brilliant result for the team. It showed how much quality there is in our team that we can get such a positive result against one of the Big two in women's football. I thought our whole team played really well and we're on a high but we know we have to keep our feet on the ground as we face another tough challenge when we play at home to an in-form Ballymena team in midweek.
I was delighted to re-sign for Linfield at the start of the season. I am very happy back playing at Linfield and all I want to do is concentrate on winning as many games as we can at the club and hopefully, we can bring success to the club."