Kirsty McGuinness discuses victory in last nights cup final

Posted : 2nd August 2014

Star winger / forward Kirsty McGuinness discusses last night's stunning comeback County Antrim FA Cup Final victory.

"It's a great feeling to win the cup here tonight. That's two years in a row we've won the cup and to beat a top team like Glentoran both years makes it a really special feeling.

It was a hard fought and very close game. In the first half we maybe didn't play as well as we can but in the second half we knew what we had to do and thankfully, we upped our game and pulled off the win we all wanted.

In big games like tonight's and Tuesday night's Irish Cup semi-final you don't get too many chances, so when they come along you have to make the most of them. Thankfully, I put one away on Tuesday at an important time and my equalising goal tonight came at another important time for us. They were pleasing goals. When you're in those positions, you've just got to put your head down and put your boot through the ball and I was delighted to see the ball fly into the back of the net.

It was great for Nicole Graham to get the winner for us tonight. She joined us at the start of the season and she's come on really well for us all season. She's got a lot of goals for us this season and that goal tonight will boost her confidence still further.

We all showed great character to bounce back from 1-0 down twice in a week. We know just how tough opponents Glentoran are in this league and after our win on Tuesday, we knew they'd be fired up and out to make up for their disappointment in the Irish cup semi-final. We went out second half all guns blazing and thankfully, we got the goals we needed for a great win.

We're all delighted with our new shirts. We've all wanted squad numbers and names on the back for ages, so we're all very grateful to Stephen Dickson and Discount Blinds for making it possible for us. I thought the new kit looked lovely and it's great for us to win such an important game in it's first outing.

We know we've got to push on from here. We've got 2 more cup finals to prepare for and 4 league games to focus on but for tonight we'll enjoy this great feeling. There's no better feeling than winning a major cup final against your club's biggest rivals but from tomorrow, we'll turn our attention to a tough league game away to Ballymena on Wednesday. "

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