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Womens Premiership


05 Oct 2021

Jessica Foy could be on the verge of captaining Glentoran Women into the history books after playing a key role in their Danske Bank Women’s Premiership campaign.

The 26-year-old shone for the Glens in their league title success – sealed last week with a win over Cliftonville Ladies – and now has two cup finals on the horizon.

The Glens currently hold all trophies in Northern Irish football but two are on the line this month as they play Crusaders Strikers in both the County Antrim Cup and Irish Cup finals.

Foy explained: “We are so privileged to be in the position we are in – and the possibility of winning three trophies in one season is unbelievable.

“We currently hold every trophy there is and no side has ever successfully defended all the titles, so it would be nice to be part of history that way.”

“We knew this season would be a different challenge due to the length and competition within the league.

“When it is spread over six months and with so many league matches, alongside the cup competitions and international commitments of a lot of players, that is when the squad kicks in.

“We have had lots of injuries or niggles during the campaign but another girl has been able to step in and keep that level.

“That was the challenge for us this year – the level of competitiveness within the squad was incredible and has kept everyone working hard.”

Regardless of the outcome of the two finals, the Glens secured this season’s major prize with their successful defence of the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership.

Foy – whose day job is a PE teacher in Dominican College in Fortwilliam, north Belfast: a Cliftonville stronghold – helped see the Glens get the job done in a pulsating 3-2 win over the Reds last week.

“Retaining the title is an unbelievable feeling,” she added.

“The pressure was on to push on, maintain our level and win the league over a 20-game season.

“After a few bumps in the early part of the campaign we went on a strong winning run and that made last week’s game crucial.

“Not one girl doubted that we would not come away with the win, even when Cliftonville brought the game back to 2-2 in the second half.

“For so long Cliftonville were on a winning streak and they had games in hand for quite a while, but we knew that if we kept winning then we would win the league.”

Foy – who has won over 20 caps for Northern Ireland – believes the league will be even more competitive next season as a host of clubs aim to catch the Glens.

The defender explained: “Women’s football is becoming more competitive each year and that comes with more clubs investing in infrastructure and facilities.

“For fans and neutrals, the league is fantastic to watch because the league is growing and there is always a high level of competition.

“There are more professional structures in place and that is good for everyone in the game.

“Every team will want to push on and challenge again next year which is a new challenge for us that we will have to step up into.”