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Sion Swifts Ladies retain Foyle Cup

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Sion Swifts Ladies retain Foyle Cup thumbnailSion Swifts Ladies celebrate winning the Foyle Cup with a 2-1 victory over Illies Celtic. SU3001MD

Sion Swifts Ladies 2
Illies Celtic Ladies 1

FOR the second year running, and the third time in total, Sion Swifts Ladies have been crowned Foyle Cup champions.
Swifts overcame Derry City and Greencastle in the group stages earlier in the week to set up a cup final showdown with Inishowen outfit Illies Celtic at a picturesque Bayfield pitch in Moville on Thursday night.
Sion's goals came in either half, with Amy Boyle-Carr scoring the game's first and her third of the tournament. Chloe McGlade played Boyle-Carr in behind the defence and when she scampered clear, the young attacker made no mistake from close range.
The second and winning goal came midway through the second period when Boyle-Carr switched play from right to left after Geny Decker won possession in midfield. The pass was picked up by McGlade for her second assist as she squared for Decker, who made up 50 yards to complete the move.
Illies got a consolation late on but it was always going to be Swifts night, who celebrated at the final whistle with their loyal travelling support.
"It was good week for us," said club coach, Tony McGinley. "Our very first entry into the cup was in 2012 and we won it that year, so we've had a close association with it. We lost three finals before we won it again last year. So we wanted to retain it."
"You get to test yourself against new teams. The likes of Illies are a very good team. They were strong, fit and physical, and have been unbreaten in the Donegal Womens Super League, Another Foyle Cup success underlines that McGinley and fellow coach Tommy Canning are moving Sion Swifts in the right direction, and the accolades and praise heaped on the team following their performances last week were testament to that.
"We had strangers coming up to us and praising the way we play. People see that we try to play the game in the right way. As well as wining things, we put an emphasis on entertaining.
"We have three still involved from 2012, they are the only three players about that have three Foyle Cup medals.
"The girls look forward so much to the Foyle Cup week. It's a tough week, it's a long week. But it bonds us all together as we're are together every single night. It is a brilliant competition and credit to the organisers.
McGinley gave special praise to the travelling Sion support who made the hour-long journey to Moville to cheer on the girls to victory
"The crowds come out, and there was a massive crowd in Moville. The people that are willing to travel and support us, it is heart-warming to see. It was a great atmosphere."

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