Cliftonville captain Megan Moran (c) Presseye

INTERVIEW: MORAN PLEASED WITH REDS' START

In the latest of our series of insights into the key players in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership, Cliftonville Ladies' Megan Moran reflects on the season to date and the prospect of next week's League Cup final.

Speaking to Jonny Martin, the Cliftonville Ladies club captain said “I think the season is going well so far, I feel only recently that we have had the chance to build the momentum after a free week in the league and a bye in the League Cup."

"I feel now the squad is getting into the way of things and players understand their role and what they need to do for the team. I think as a team we are feeling more comfortable and identify what our plan is for the rest of the season.”

Speaking on the title race and how the Premiership table currently looks Megan commented “The table is pretty tight, I see it at this point as anybody’s game, the extended season will be a test for all the clubs. It will test us all especially in the extended part of the season and will ask the question: can all the clubs sustain that level of performance. Fitness and injuries will also play a big factor over a longer season.”

Commenting on recent signings this season the defender says “We’ve made some very good signings this season especially in terms of attacking players. Amber Dempster and Hannah Grieve have really strengthened our options. Amber Dempster who signed from Linfield Ladies is a great player, she is clever and knows where to position her self in front of goal and knows exactly where the net is. Having played against her during her time at Linfield I know the quality she has. Every week she is growing with confidence and she is starting to understand her part in what Cliftonville need her to do.”

Speaking on the last week’s tight victory over Sion Swifts at Solitude Megan stated “Last week’s game was a great game, it was a really important game for both sides, it was so important for us to win. I think sometimes people look at Cliftonville and don’t think we are a threat and last week we showed that we are a team that people need to be worried about.”

Looking ahead to the meeting with Portadown at Solitude Megan said “We’ve played Portadown once before and we want to make sure that we approach the game with the same intensity and give the best we can so that we come away with the best result.”

With a Women's League Cup final to look forward to broadcast live on BBC Sport NI, Megan looks ahead to the showcase final. “Its very exciting to have a final this early in the season to look forward too, it has created a buzz and there is genuine excitement about the club. As it comes closer we are really putting a lot of effort into it. Training sessions are so important so that we all know what we should be doing when the final arrives. It helps to focus on smaller things that could potentially make the difference on the day.

"I think its great that it’s early in the season and feel its good for the league to get everyone talking about a final so early and having the buzz around the grounds. I’m looking forward to it, I can’t wait to get on the pitch and see how it goes."

Cliftonville Ladies welcome Portadown Ladies to Solitude tonight in the Danske Bank Women's Premiership (kick-off: 8pm)

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