SION Swifts Ladies boss Tony McGinley believes winning the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup for the first time in the club’s history would be just reward for everyone behind the rapid progression of the North Tyrone club over the past decade.
The villagers lock horns with Newry Ladies in tomorrow evening’s (Thursday) showpiece final at the National Stadium, Belfast and McGinley is hoping his team can write another chapter by winning the coveted silverware.
Sion are set to celebrate their10th anniversary in the middle of the month and McGinley and his players are determined that the prestigious Challenge Cup will take pride of place at the eagerly-anticipated evening of celebration.
Irrespective of whatever happens in tomrrow’s showdown, McGinley insists it’s been another remarkable season for the Swifts.
“Winning the Irish Cup would be the icing on the cake for everyone who has been involved with the club over the past decade,” he said.
“In that time we have progressed from Division Four right up to the Championship and onto the Premiership.
“So many people have been involved in that journey, both in terms of the coaching and playing side, so for everyone winning the cup would be fantastic.
“This club wants to be in a position of challenging for major trophies but at the same time we don’t want to turn winning the Irish Cup into some kind of a crusade where it becomes the end of the world if we don’t win it.
“It’s been another season of tremendous progress. We finished second in the league and, when you look it, we were only one result away from winning it.
“And after losing three semi-finals we have now reached a first Irish Cup Final.
“In the last couple of weeks there is a real buzz in the camp and these girls are champing at the bit.
“We have are relatively young squad and you always worry about stage fright but to be honest the girls have nothing to fear. They have reached the final by doing it the hard way.”
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Posted: 2:20 pm September 6, 2017