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Sion must dig deep

KELLY Crompton says her and her team-mates will have to dig deep and pull out all the stops in this evening’s (Friday) Premiership League Cup Final against current league leaders Glentoran at Seaview.

Sion go into the decider missing a number of key players including Amy Boyle Carr, Amy Mackin, Kendra McMullan, Claragh Connor and Keegan Lynch due to unavailability and injury.

But Crompton believes Swifts have the squad to cope if the players go the extra mile in leaving everything out on the field.

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“We have to give it everything [tonight],” said Crompton, who missed the whole of last season because of a ruptured ACL.

“It’s going to be such a tough game, Glentoran are a physical side, they are strong but play good football.

“We have to relish the challenge, set the tone. The fact we have a few players missing should make us more determined. The whole team needs to give an extra 10% and more.

“We have a good squad and come Friday night we must believe in each other. We got knocked out of the semi-final of the Irish Cup last season and that was such a big blow having won it the previous season.

“Having experienced those contrasting feelings should push us on. No words will be needed in the changing room we just have to go and do it.”

Crompton has experienced the extreme highs and lows of football in the past 20 months or so.

In September 2017 Crompton, who can play in midfield or defence, experienced the magic of winning the Irish Cup when Sion defeated Newry in the showpiece decider at the National Stadium Windsor Park.

However ahead of last season she sustained that ACL injury which meant she missed the entire 2018 campaign.

However she is now back fighting fit and more determined than ever to relish every minute of playing the game she loves so much.

“It’s been a long road back. I had the same injury as Lauren Brennan, they happened just a week apart. So we found ourselves in the same boat.

“To be perfectly honest it’s just so exciting to be back playing this season never mind contesting a final.

“Winning the Irish Cup was the best night of our lives. To experience that as such a high ad then some two games later to suffer the low of getting a serious injury.

“But in some ways it was a blessing in disguise. The rehab and physio was excellent and now I think I play with more intensity. I never had an injury before that. It’s made me stronger both physically and mentally. Right now we’re just looking forward to Friday night.”

 

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