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Tony McGinley (Kelvin Boyes/PressEye)

Tony McGinley (Kelvin Boyes/PressEye)

Tony McGinley (Kelvin Boyes/PressEye)

Sion Swifts Ladies manager Tony McGinley can see similarities of 2017 in his squad after a difficult beginning to the season.

Ending the campaign in the same way as four years ago when they lifted the Irish Cup is a challenge that is ready to meet head on after a run of four wins in their last five league games, the latest being a 2-1 comeback success against Linfield Ladies on Wednesday night.

A quarter-final clash with Mid Ulster Ladies presents an opportunity to reach the last four and McGinley is hungry for his girls to keep riding on a new wave of confidence after a remarkable turnaround in form.

“I think momentum can be underestimated in sport and when you have that momentum it breeds confidence and belief,” said McGinley.

“Those things are important, when you are trying to come out of a place that wasn’t ideal and you are moving forward you want to carry that with you.

“It’s a very different group in terms of personnel, but we had that bit of belief in 2017 after we’d been beaten early in the season and then went the rest of the season undefeated.

“That’s not to say that things will work out the same this year, but we had momentum back in 2017 and we beat some teams we weren’t expected to beat — and we have done that recently as well.”

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The quarter-final draw kept the four remaining Premiership teams apart and Mid Ulster, along with fellow Championship high-flyers St James’ Swifts Ladies, who meet Crusaders Strikes, will be two teams who will fancy themselves to cause an upset.

Carnmoney Ladies and Lisburn Rangers Ladies are both at home to Premiership title rivals Glentoran Women and Cliftonville Ladies respectively, which also creates potential for a shock.

If one of the top teams is to fall, however, McGinley is determined that underestimating the opposition won’t be the cause of Sion being the victims.

“I don’t know a lot about them, but historically Mid Ulster have been a really quality footballing team who give youth a chance and play the game in the right manner,” said McGinley.

“We won’t be treating them lightly. We have a lot of respect for them as a club and they will get the same respect as anyone else we would be playing.”

FIXTURES: Carnmoney Ladies v Glentoran Women, Crusaders Strikers v St James’ Swifts Ladies, Lisburn Rangers v Cliftonville Ladies, Mid Ulster Ladies v Sion Swifts Ladies (all 7.30pm)


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