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We talk to...Leanne Ross (Glasgow City)
 Women's Football News 22 Nov 2013
 
We talk to...Leanne Ross (Glasgow City) - 22 Nov 2013 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City's 1-0 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday saw them complete the domestic 'treble' for the second year in a row and continue their domination of silverware in Scotland. 
 
Leanne Ross has been a major part of the club's success in recent years and we spoke to the Scotland international midfielder about what has made Glasgow City so successful and how they can keep it going in the future: 
 
How does it feel to have won the treble once again with Glasgow City?
It's a fantastic feeling to have won the treble again. Everybody at the club, players and staff, work so hard all year round so it's great to feel rewarded at the end of the season.
 
 
Even though results can sometimes suggest otherwise, is it getting harder to repeat the feat each year?
Yes, it definitely is getting harder to maintain our success. People may think it is easy to play for Glasgow City because we are so successful and we win all the time, but it is not! The fact that we are so successful is huge pressure in itself because every time you put that City strip on you are expected to perform to high standards, and of course win, and that doesn't come easy! Other clubs in the SWPL are working hard to improve and close the gap so competition is getting tougher but that is great for the league and for women's football in Scotland.

Was the Cup Final a case of having to stay patient, especially the way Shannon Lynn was playing?
The cup final was a bit frustrating for us, we had a lot of possession and spent the majority of the game in the Hibs half but just couldn't get the breakthrough. That's all credit to Shannon and the rest of the Hibs team, they had a clear game plan and they executed it very well, which meant we had to work extremely hard to win the cup.

How sweet was the moment when the ball finally went in for the winner?
It was more a feeling of relief rather than anything else when we finally got the goal so late in the game. I also had a thought for Shannon Lynn, she had played well up to that point but a slight error in judgement resulted in our goal. Shannon will be gutted, however, she is a fantastic goalkeeper and such a positive person so I have no doubt she will bounce back from this.

Did the win make up for the two defeats against Arsenal in the Champions League in any way?
I wouldn't say winning the Cup made up for the defeats to Arsenal in the Champions League but it was a good way to bounce back from them. We weren't happy with our performance away to Arsenal so our aim in the home tie was to perform better and make it more of a contest for the supporters, and I think we certainly did that. It was disappointing to lose the late goal in that game and it left us pretty deflated. That's why it was even more important to win the Scottish Cup to raise everyone's spirits and end the season on a high.

Even after all the success in recent years, does the winning feeling get better every time?
One thing is certain, winning trophies doesn't get tiring!!! Lifting any trophy is a special feeling but I guess how special depends on the circumstances around the win. For me, the league titles that have come down to the last few games or the cups where we've had a difficult route to the final have been the most enjoyable because we've been challenged all the way and had to be at our best to win. For players like Rachel Corsie, Emma Black and Christie Murray, I'm sure this season has been really special for them after battling back from career threatening injuries to contribute to winning the treble.

What do you feel the team will need to do if they are to keep winning trophies next season?
That's simple, if we want to keep winning we have to ensure we continue to be better than everyone else. Every season the teams around us are working hard to improve and close the gap so we need to do the same by raising our standards and challenging ourselves to improve individually and as a team. Hopefully by doing so we will continue to challenge for the top honours.

Can you see any teams emerging to challenge you next season?
There is always a lot of movement of players between clubs in the close season so it's difficult to say who will be our closest challengers next season until we see who goes where. There is one thing for sure though, we will also look to strengthen our squad and prepare as best we can to defend all three of the trophies we won this season.

(Photo - Graeme Berry)

 
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