After last night’s victory at Solitude Linfieldfc.com spoke to the first ever captain of Linfield Ladies to lift the Irish Cup trophy - Sarah Venney
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be captain of the IRISH CUP WINNERS. After the disappointment of losing the League Cup final on Monday night, I thought the whole team turned in a terrific performance. Every player, every squad member pulled together and got us through on the night. A great result for us.
We want to build on this now. We know what we can do and we know we can get results against the big teams in the big matches and hopefully after our performances in these cup competitions, people will now maybe start to consider us as one of the big clubs in women’s football in Northern Ireland.
We showed real character to bounce back from the disappointment of Monday night. We knew ourselves it just wasn‘t us on Monday and we‘re not going to make excuses. Full credit to Glentoran, as they played better than us
but on the night we just didn’t play as we have been doing over the past couple of months.
Thankfully, we got the chance to put it right today and thankfully, we took that chance. We wanted to go out and show everybody that Monday wasn’t typical of us and thankfully, we’ve shown the real us tonight.
Credit to the Crusaders team, as they fought us hard all the way tonight. They are a fantastic team that has represented Northern Ireland in the Champions League this year. They’ve done phenomenally well and they've got great players.
They pushed us hard at the end and we had to dig deep and show real character to see the game out at the end. It’s great experience for our girls as after all, we have so many very young girls in our team. We shut up shop very well at the end but it was still a great feeling to hear the final whistle and it’s still sinking in that we’ve won.
All our players were fantastic. The girls who started the game, came on as sub or who didn’t get on - everybody pulled together and got us over the line. There’s great team spirit and you need that to win trophies. After Monday we met up on Wednesday and we stayed together as a unit and full credit to the management team, as they got our heads back up again and got us focused on putting things right in tonight’s game.
We really showed our team spirit tonight and that got us through and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been getting results. There’s great talent in the team but mixed with terrific team spirit, we’ve pulled off some great results.
It was a bit nervy at the end but they’re an experienced team and they weren’t going to stop or give up. They were always going to battle and cause us problems but I think we coped with their threat well. We showed our fitness levels very well over a demanding 90 minutes. Our fitness work with our coaches really paid off.
A very proud night for us all. We’ve had great support from everyone at Linfield. It’s been unbelievable and it’s great that we can repay that faith and support with these 2 trophies. Hopefully, we’re doing our bit to help promote Linfield, as well as promoting women’s football in general
A few of us are due at international training in the morning. Alfie Wylie is here tonight, so he’ll know who’s been involved on both sides at all the various age levels.
There’s 5 or 6 of us going to training, week in week out at different age levels, so that is helping to improve us as players. When we go to international training, we know the standard we have to get up to and obviously, playing in big games like tonight helps raise us closer to the standard required.
We want to push on next season and we want this to be a start for us. Lifting trophies has been a great habit to start and we really want to kick on next season.”