League Cup win can inspire Glentoran to a title challenge, says Foy
Glentoran captain Jessica Foy believes her side can use their League Cup triumph to push on in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership and challenge rivals Linfield for the title.
The Glens defeated Sion Swifts 2-0 at Seaview on Friday night thanks to Demi Vance's late, quick-fire double to take possession of the first trophy up for grabs this season, however the hard work doesn't end there.
Foy's side are just three points behind Belfast rivals Linfield in the table, and two points ahead of the Swifts, in what looks to be an exciting title battle, even if the season is still in its early stages.
Now, having lifted their first piece of silverware of the season, Foy is confident that this can be the start of a rich period for the club.
"We've always thought that we can challenge for the league this season and right now we're just taking it game by game and trying to pick up as many points as we go. But we're very optimistic," said Northern Ireland international Foy.
"There's a real togetherness in this squad, everyone has been working hard and we're demanding so much of each other, and I think you can only do that if you have that tight bond.
"Everybody has one common goal and that's to win trophies, and that really connects us together. We support each other through thick and thin."
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On Friday, Glentoran needed to summon all of their strength to battle past a resilient Sion side, with Vance the match-winner late in the second half.
Having missed a penalty in the first half, the Northern Ireland midfielder dusted herself off and scored twice in the space of a minute to hand Billy Clarke's girls the opening silverware of the season.
"We said that at half-time, when we look round our dressing room we have so many big players this season and it was time for us to step up," said Foy.
"Demi did exceptionally well to get the two goals and I'm delighted for her because she's been a leader for us all season and she deserved player of the match.
"It shows the depth of the squad that we made three changes and we still got those late goals to take the win. We're delighted we've got that first trophy of the season and now we can push on from here."
There's little time for the Glens to celebrate their title, however, as they're back in action tonight in an Irish Cup quarter-final away to Cliftonville (7.30pm).
On top of that, they face a massive league encounter away to rivals Linfield on Wednesday night, a game which, should they win, would take them level with the Blues at the top of the table.
"Momentum's everything. We'll have to recover now for our quarter-final against Cliftonville because that's going to be another really tough game and then we'll look forward to Linfield in the league," added Foy.