Linfield Ladies manager Phil Lewis has moved swiftly, following the retirement of Ladies Captain Sarah Venney, by announcing that experienced Kirsty McGuinness will pick up the armband for the 2019 season, which gets underway next week.
24 year old Kirsty was vice captain last season and Lewis sees it as a natural progression for the star forward who stepped into the role last season in the occasional absence of Venney.
“Kirsty is a natural leader, works really hard at her game in training and is a real role model for our younger players. She is a top player, who gives everything for the shirt and has the maturity to handle the responsibilities of being Captain of this club.”
Kirsty is delighted to take on those responsibilities. “I am honoured to have been given the armband. We have a great group who work hard for each other with senior players who lead all over the pitch so that helps any Captain. I can’t wait to lead the team out next week and we all want to win both against Cliftonville in the County Antrim FA Cup and against Sion Swifts in the opening league game.
Lewis has also moved to strengthen his squad with both goalkeeper Nicole Adams and midfielder Clare Timoney returning to the club. “I’m delighted to add the quality and experience of both girls who I know were excellent players here in their previous spells”
For the third time in a week Linfield had seven players in the starting eleven for Northern Ireland under 19s in their elite tournament game against Ukraine in Norway yesterday.
Louise McDaniel scored her second goal in successive games to give her team the lead but the Ukrainians emerged victorious by a 4-2 margin. The seven Linfield players were Lauren Perry, Naomi Donnan, Abbie Magee, Rebecca McKenna, Louise McDaniel, Kelsie Burrows and captain Megan Bell.