Kendra McMullan won the Women's Irish Cup last season with Sion Swifts (c) Matt Mackey / Presseye

INTERVIEW: McMULLAN AIMING FOR A 'SWIFT' RETURN TO FORM

Despite the slow start to the season for Sion Swifts, captain Kendra McMullan remains upbeat in the latest in our Danske Bank Women's Premiership interview series.

Speaking to Jonny Martin, the Sion midfielder said "I’ve been at the club for five years now and it’s where I really enjoy playing my football. I believe we have a really good group of players and staff and we’ve been quite successful in the last three years."

Reflecting on last years Irish Cup victory Kendra mentioned "The players and staff where incredible last year, the bond was amazing and we had a real committed group and we just seemed to go from strength to strength and I believe we really deserved the trophy. I think the key to last season’s success was taking each game as they come and everyone had confidence that carried us through our cup run and strong finish to the league season."

With six games played in the league this season Sion find themselves in fifth position. Reflecting on the season so far Kendra said "I feel so far this season that we have been unlucky at crucial times, we truthfully haven’t made the start we wanted. We have found it hard keeping our starting eleven consistent, with injuries, holidays and younger players on international duty. We are a strong group and I’ve no doubt that we’ll be back and are looking to put things right with our next few games."

McMullan felt that chances in front of goal are still being created "Looking at the stats in our game last week against Derry City Ladies, we are creating the opportunities but in recent weeks we are maybe lacking that little bit of composure and quality in the final third, but we have been working hard and hopefully we as a team will put that right against Glentoran Women.”

“We have a fantastic opportunity in the next five days as we play three fixtures, our attention won't change from Glentoran on Wednesday and we know they are a vastly improved side. I didn’t play in the draw at The Oval earlier in the season but it was another great example of us not winning the game and having to settle for another draw after dominating it and being the better side for large periods of the match."

Speaking on the meeting with Glentoran Women, Kendra commented “They are a great side but we are more than ready now and we have players coming back in from injury and I can't wait to get back on the pitch playing with all the girls. We’ll be boosted by the return of Tyler Tolland, Zoe McGlynn and Michelle McDaid and as a group we are looking to get a consistent team on the pitch again and bounce back to winning ways and start to climb the table."

Next up: Sion Swifts take on Glentoran Women tonight in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership at Darragh Park (kick-off: 8pm)

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