Sarah Venney receives the Women's League Cup from Women's Premiership chair Sue O'Neill (c) Presseye


Linfield Ladies captain Sarah Venney has praised her team-mates for their ‘winning mentality’ following Friday night’s Women’s League Cup victory over Cliftonville Ladies.

“It means so much as the cups are not easy to come by, it such a competitive league now as all seven teams in the league are very tough.

“We knew that coming up against Cliftonville they always give us a really tough match and the first half proved that, it was so close and so tight and they not letting us play our usual game and that was credit to Cliftonville that even with the three goal cushion they didn’t stop!”

Phil Lewis’ side retained the League Cup but Venney has her sights on a third successive Danske Bank Women’s Premiership, as they currently lead the table by one point over Crusaders Strikers.

“The Premiership is the big one, cup matches are very important but we want to keep a winning mentality. The wins haven’t been easy, a lot of them have been very close matches. Sometimes when you have those wins behind you, you know what it takes, and we don’t want to settle for anything less.”

“The overall competition is better than I’ve ever seen it, it’s a better level, the league is longer it’s more competitive and teams can really get behind it and it was great to see such a great crowd down tonight for women’s football”

Linfield Ladies will embark on their Women’s Champions League in August and the captain has praised the role the young players at the South Belfast club.

“We’re very lucky to have such a wealth of good young players and again, we look at young players who are 19, 20 or 21 and in any other team those players are young players, in our team they are the experienced ones. The girls are learning off the experienced players, but likewise we’re learning off these young players who are so fast and have had a great backing of training, it’s great to see it.”

Next up: Linfield Ladies welcome basement side Portadown Ladies to Midgely Park in the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership on Wednesday evening (kick-off: 8pm)

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