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Glentoran must build on statement victory: Foy

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Glentoran's Jessica Foy

Glentoran's Jessica Foy

Glentoran's Jessica Foy

IT may not have been worth anything in terms of points, but Glentoran Women captain Jessica Foy claims that her team’s 6-0 thrashing of Cliftonville Ladies in the County Antrim Cup last week will be invaluable as they tussle with the Reds for the lead of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.

After going down 2-1 to Sion Swifts Ladies in their last league outing a fortnight ago, the Glens went some way towards silencing the doubters when they hit their title rivals for six last Friday night.

Any damage to confidence and belief within the squad has been restored and now the challenge is to carry that forward into a key period of the season, with the Glens facing an in-form Crusaders Strikers team tonight followed by a Big Two clash against Linfield Ladies before another huge battle with the Reds two weeks from now.

“After the disappointing result against Sion Swifts, we knew that we needed to come back with a bit of a statement,” said Foy.

“To get the win was nice and to get the six goals was even better and we need to use that to our advantage now to really push on in the league.

“We know that as much as the Sion game was disappointing, we still need to win every game in the league so it didn’t change anything really in terms of long-term goals. Confidence-wise, it will do us the world of good.”

Northern Ireland international Chloe McCarron made her debut for Glentoran in that Cup outing and will play her first league game for the club tonight at The Oval.

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“It was massive for us. When we heard Chloe was interested it was definitely a signing that we wanted to secure,” said Foy. “Her experience in England and as a starter with Northern Ireland over the last two years, to get that into our team is fantastic.”

Cliftonville, who are just a point behind the Glens with two matches in hand, will hope to respond to that Cup defeat when they travel to Derry City Women.

Sion Swifts Ladies will be prepared for a backlash when they face Linfield Ladies, who will still be smarting from the 6-0 defeat they suffered in Strabane less than a month ago.

FIXTURES: Derry City Women v Cliftonville Ladies, Glentoran Women v Crusaders Strikers, Sion Swifts Ladies v Linfield Ladies (all 7.45pm).


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