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Reigning Southern Division Champions Portsmouth began their defence of the title on Sunday with a hard fought 1-0 win away to Cardiff City Ladies.
We talked to Pompey midfielder Leeta Rutherford who was pleased with the team's good start whilst putting the memories of their heartbreaking defeat to Sheffield FC in the FAWPL Championship play-off match behind them:
WSS: It's always nice to win the first game, but given the tough first match for you, was it a particularly good result?
LR: Yes I should say so, Cardiff are a very strong and well organised side, and over the past few years we have always struggled to get anything from them away. As for having to play them first game of the season this year, us girls were really looking forward to a tough challenge, as all the teams want to get off on a good start.
WSS: Was the game as tightly contested as the 1-0 scoreline suggests?
LR: 1-0 is a fair result I'dd say, it could have gone either way. Cardiff had a lot of possession and we were solid at the back, but football is about getting that ball in the net and luckily for us we did that with style.
WSS: After the drama and ultimate heartbreak back in May, have you been reflecting on what happened or putting it behind you?
LR: The heartache in May was properly the worst experience I've ever had in football and I'm sure my team mates would all agree, that was pure devastation. We all got together and spoke about it a week later after the dust has settled, we all agreed as hard as it was something we couldn't change, we just have to work hard again this season and it's more of a exciting challenge for us all.
WSS: Is it good though to be back playing league matches again?
LR: Everyone needs to play friendlies to build your match fitness up but nothing compares to actually league games, you get that competitive edge!
WSS: You are not in action again until next week when you play Keynsham Town in the Premier League Cup, who will familiar opponents to you. Is the cup one of the main targets for the club this season?
LR: We won't be going into the game any differently than we normally do! Obviously we want to get as far as we can, but the league is our main focus.
WSS: Can you see another close race for the title in the Southern Division again this season?
LR: The title race will be even bigger this year, our league is looking extremely strong all round so it will be an exciting year!
WSS: After winning the league last season, how hungry is the squad to do it all over again this time?
LR: Winning the league this season is even bigger for us all this year, it would prove we deserve it and would be a point to prove!
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