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Cardiff City Ladies are through to the semi finals of the Premier League Cup for the third season in a row following their 4-2 victory away to Stoke City on Sunday.
We talked to Cardiff goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan, who praised the team's commitment after conceding two early goals and also insisted that they can still make a strong challenge for the Southern Division title before the end of the season:
WSS: You have a great record in the League Cup, three semi finals in a row. What is it about the cup that brings the best out of your team?
LO: Obviously we are currently in a strong position in the League Cup, but the cup provides us with additional opportunity to get some silverware for the club.
WSS: How much character did the team have to show after going two goals down early on?
LO: It's not easy being 2-0 down that early in a game but we are a strong unit and we showed that on Sunday. Every player dug in up until the last minute, showing great commitment and enthusiasm to ensure that we fought back.
WSS: At the time of this interview the draw for the semi finals has not been made, is a home draw the main priority?
LO: Whether the draw places us at home or away makes very little difference, we are united in our vision and that is to win as many games and progress as far as we possibly can. Obviously a home fixture would be great due to the support we receive from local fans and clubs, however I'm confident that as we progress many of those dedicated fans would be prepared to travel and support us. (* Cardiff have been drawn at home to Blackburn Rovers)
WSS: Is it then a little disappointing that you don't have a game this Sunday?
LO: There are many ways to look at this - ultimately we all need the game time to place the skills we have developed into action. But as a team, we utilise this time to carry out training and ensure we perform as a unit to our optimum ability.
WSS: You are then due to return to action with two home games against C & K Basildon and West Ham. Will nothing less than six points do from those games?
LO: We are in a very good position at the moment, but the league is very tight and there are a number of teams in contention for the title. Ultimately we would aim for nothing less than six points to ensure we stay firmly within the title race.
WSS: No doubt the team was also pleased to hear that the game between Coventry and Brighton finished in a draw?
LO: It's always great when results go in your favour, and with the league being so close this year, seeing title challengers drop points is an additional incentive for us to go out and win the rest of our games.
WSS: Brighton obviously have the advantage with points on the board but can you see the title race going right to the wire?
LO: Certainly, they are in a very commanding position but as a team, we have so much passion and commitment behind it. I feel that this year we can challenge the leading teams right until the end of the league.
WSS: Cardiff are one of the oldest women's clubs in the league, what would it mean to the club if you could pick up a major trophy this season?
LO: The history of the club is what makes it so special and to pick up a trophy would only boost the club further. It would mean a lot to the girls because we all work hard week in week out, the majority of the girls travel a long distance to train and play and knowing the efforts pay off can only make us stronger and stay one of the top teams in this league. Not only to us it would mean a lot to, but all the people and support in the back scenes of the club that volunteer to help and put in as much effort as we do to get the club to where we are now.
Our thanks to Laura!
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