Linfield captain looks ahead to opening league game

Posted : 21st April 2014

On Wednesday evening at 7.15pm Linfield Ladies kick off their new league campaign against promoted Dromore at the town's Leisure Centre. Tonight, the captain of last season's Irish Cup and County Antrim Women's FA Cup winners looked ahead to the new season before the club's final pre-season training session at Midgley Park.

"We've had a really good pre-season and we've got a lot of preparation work done. This is probably the strongest squad we've had in years. We've got quality cover in probably every position, so we're all feeling quietly confident and we just can't wait to get started on Wednesday. All the work has been done and we're all raring to go. While we know it will be really hard to try and repeat last season's historic successes, we basically just want to pick up where we left off last season. We want to hit the ground running and of course our aim will be to do as well as last season, if not even better.

Dromore will be a huge challenge for us on Wednesday. They did superbly last year to earn promotion to the Premier League. All credit to them for what they've achieved. They'll be full of confidence and they'll be keen to establish themselves in the top flight. It's the first game of the season and we'll give our opponents the full respect they deserve and hopefully, we'll get a positive result to get us off to a good start on Wednesday.

Our new signings have all settled in very well. They're quality players in various positions across the park and they've really added to the competition levels within the squad. The signings have really strengthened the squad and Ryan and his coaching squad have done a great job in recruiting the type of dedicated, hard working players we need to help take us further forward. All the girls here have got a great attitude and the sprit and togetherness of everybody is just brilliant.

It was unbelievable for me to score the winning goal in the recent international game at home to Estonia. It was a great feeling but I was especially delighted for all the girls in the team and the coaching staff, as it gave everybody a real boost. With Ashley Hutton, Lyndsay Corry and Hannah Doherty involved in the squad, it was good to see the Linfield family so well represented in the international set-up. We've also got young girls in the under age international squad and young Chloe Orr scored a great goal for the under 16s last week, so it's great to see our players doing well. I was just glad to get on the pitch in the game against Estonia and be able to contribute to a very welcome win.

It was also a great experience to be involved with the full international squad for the World Cup qualifiers at home to Sweden and then away to the Faroe Islands. To play in World Cup qualifiers is the pinnacle of a player's career. It was unbelievable to sample the professionalism of the international set-up and the key will be to bring as much of that as possible back to club level, as that can only benefit us and serve to drive us on still further."

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