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Sion eye up US striker

TONY McGinley has hinted that he is set to bolster his Sion Swifts squad in a bid to win a first ever Danske Bank Women’s Premiership title.

The Sion boss’s resources have been stretched to the limit owing to a raft of injuries and GAA commitments in recent weeks and in the space of just three days defeat to Glentoran and Linfield have ended Swifts hopes of cup glory.

On Friday evening an understrength Sion were defeated 2-0 by the Glens in the League Cup final at Seaview and on Monday evening the North Tyrone outfit were ousted in the quarter-finals of the Electric Ireland Women’s Challenge Cup – a competition they won in 2017 – by going down 3-1 to the Blues at Midgley Park.

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Fortunately last night’s (Wednesday) league encounter against Cliftonville was postponed at the request of the Reds and McGinley intends to utilise the fortnight until their next game against Comber Rec to get his walking wounded fighting fit again.

Sion currently have no fewer than eight players sidelined through injury including Ciana Brogan, who needed medical assistance after suffering chest pains and a shortage of breath during Monday’s game against the Blues.

An ambulance was called to the scene however following treatment by watching Swifts player Ciara Grant, who is a doctor, the Linfield physio and paramedics, and much to the relief of all concerned, the player was given the all clear to travel home.

“It was definitely a scary situation, wasn’t nice at all but those who treated her were eventually content to allow her to go home,” said McGinley.

“I would go on the record thanking Linfield for their help in appreciation for what they did. They went out of their way to make sure everything was OK and that everyone was looked after. Especially the Linfield physio.”
Sion are currently third in the Premier League standings, five points adrift of leaders Linfield and two points behind Glentoran.

Their next game is against basement side Rec in two weeks’ time and McGinley is hoping that will give him ample time to get a number of his walking wounded back to full fitness. He is also hopeful of adding one or two new faces to his squad.

“The next fortnight will be about getting bodies back and possibly one or two signings in,” he continued.

“We have a few things in the pipeline with an American striker due over here in a couple of weeks.

“This wee break has come at the right time for us. We won’t get everyone back but I’d be hopeful that the half of them will be back by the end of the month.

“It’s do or die for us now in terms of staying in the title race.”

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