Sion’s stock on the rise

Tommy Canning and Tony McGinley with Club of the Year trophy
SION Swifts Ladies’ season has taken off in recent weeks to the extent that the North Tyrone side is now firmly in the hunt for a stunning league and cup double.
On Monday evening last Tony McGinley’s resurgent team reached the last four of the Electric Ireland Irish Challenge Cup with a thrilling 3-2 extra-time victory at Cliftonville.
Some 48 hours later Swifts strengthened their bid for a first ever Danske Bank Premiership title by defeating Glentoran Belfast United 4-3 at Melvin.
A stunning stoppage-time strike by Chloe McGlade secured a stunning victory that leaves Sion just six points behind league leaders Newry and four adrift of defending champions Linfield but with a game in hand of both.
That game against Crusaders at home is scheduled to be played before the next round of fixtures and should Sion bank maximum points then coach Tommy Canning believes the Tyrone upstarts have a realistic outside shot at winning the title with just three games remaining.
“I suppose it won’t be in our hands but we’ll certainly have a say in where it ends up,” he said.
“If we won our next two games against Crusaders and Cliftonville, then we go into our penultimate game agaist Newry with everything to play for.
“It seems like our season has taken on a new lease of life in the last few weeks. We are on our best run since joning the Premier League, we’re carrying a real threat going forward and there is growing confidence in the squad.
“In terms of the squad we’re in really healthy place.”
The feel-good factor around the progressive North Tyrone Club was boosted further last week after Sion were selected as Club of the Year at the Derry and Strabane Sports Awards.
McGlade scores late winner


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