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Spartans brought one of the longest lasting unbeaten runs in football to an end on Sunday when they defeated Glasgow City 1-0 with a goal from captain Katie Reilly.
We talked to Spartans midfielder Kerry Montgomery who was understandably full of praise for her team mates as they recorded one of, if not the best result in their history and she also admitted that they are setting their sights on the Scottish Cup this year:
Congratulations on beating Glasgow City on Sunday, can you believe you are the first team for nearly six years to do that in a league game?
It's quite surreal, but we've worked really hard this season and over the 90 minutes we gave as good as we got and put everything in to it. We defended resolutely when required - probably our best performance at the back so far - but I think on the whole, we deserved the win.
How good a performance did it take to win the game?
Everything! The girls gave 110% during the game. They were throwing their bodies in front of balls, covering for each other, giving encouragement in what was an energy sapping game. I was so proud of everybody. Hardly anyone had an ounce of energy left in the changing rooms afterwards, they worked so hard.
Did you feel that a result like that was coming for your team?
Yes, it was coming. We can be quite unpredictable with our results. Sometimes we can produce an exceptional result, other times it can be a disappointing one, but we are regarded as a threat to most teams in the top six, particularly at home. However, to not only beat Glasgow City, but to do it on the road, is pretty impressive.
Did any players have particularly good game or was it a good all round team effort?
I think everyone had a great game and that was required because if you have a five minute spell where you drop your guard, you will be punished by a quality side like City. Captain Katie Reilly played out of her normal position for the ninety minutes and delivered the winning goal. Alana Marshall was fantastic on the left wing, her energy levels are immense as are her trackback recovery runs. Rachel Harrison made a series of top quality saves during the game too, which kept us in with a chance of winning.
Are you confident that the club can build on this result and go on to better things?
Definitely - and if we don't, then there is something wrong. The girls are absolutely buzzing just now, however we need to keep our feet on the ground and focus on our next challenge. There's a lot of football still to be played this season and it begins again on the training pitch.
This week you are at home to Inverness City in the Scottish Cup quarter finals, do you feel that you can go all the way this year?
I don't see why we can't. We've just got that result against Glasgow City and shown how good a team we can be. Starting next week, we will build on that success and focus our attentions on City who will be keen to gain revenge after their last visit to Ainslie Park in the league.
Overall, are you satisfied with the way the season has gone for Spartans?
We've had ups and downs, we've had results that haven't gone our way and we've had some great wins too. Reaching the top six was our initial target at the start of the season and we achieved that. We might not reach our points target we set ourselves but every week, we'll burst our bodies to go out to win for each other.
Overall, we have grown as a team, we've gelled together very well, we are improving on the training park every week and we are starting to understand each other more so yes, I am satisfied with the way things have gone so far.
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