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Lewis hopeful rust won't factor in cup clash

 

Blues boss: Phil Lewis
Blues boss: Phil Lewis

By Jonathan Martin

Linfield Ladies manager Phil Lewis hopes that his team can shake off any rustiness ahead of tonight's Women's League Cup quarter-final.

Sion Swifts travel to Belfast for the second time in two weeks after visiting Midgley Park in their opening league game and Lewis - whose side won the League Cup last term - said: "We had a rest week last week but ideally we would have liked to have had another game under our belt.

"We had a good training session on Wednesday night with a great turnout in horrible weather. We worked very hard and worked on patterns of play and other things so hopefully all that work will stand us in good stead for the game against Sion Swifts.

"We'd like to retain the trophy, it's going to be difficult and we are quite a young team. Looking back to our defeat in the County Antrim Cup to Cliftonville, we showed some inexperience but we'll look to galvanise our squad together and defend the trophy."

"After playing Sion in our opening league game we ground out a narrow 1-0 win. Sion are very strong opposition, and if they come down with the same panel as they did on the opening night it will be a tight affair.

"Squad-wise, we are still without Ashley Hutton and we have a few other niggles but I am hopeful they will all be available."

Elsewhere, Glentoran Women are home to Comber Rec and will be favourites to make the semi-final after putting six unanswered goals past the same opponents just a fortnight ago, while Derry City host Crusaders Strikers at Brandywell Stadium in the remaining quarter-final tie next Monday.

Tonight's fixtures (8pm): Glentoran Women v Comber Rec Ladies, Linfield Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies

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