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It has been a difficult season for all clubs, particularly those at Regional League level where their seasons have been curtailed, but Moneyfields have ensured it will end with at least one trophy by winning the SWRFL Subsidiary Cup after coming from behind to beat Abingdon United 2-1 in the Final.
We talked to Moneyfields captain Sophie Kingsley-Cabell, who praised her team for coming from behind to win the Final on Sunday, and revealed that the club is already preparing next season, whichever league they will be in:
WSS: Well done on a fine win on Sunday, how good was it to mare sure you will finish the season off with some silverware?
SKC: Thank you! It was amazing to finish the game in the manner we did on Sunday. The first half was not one of our best, so it was down to us to change that in the second half as we believe in ourselves, not just as individuals, but as a team and squad too. We were the dominant team in the second half, and to equalise when we did was hugely important as the second goal of the game was always going to be important. For us to then score in the last five minutes was amazing and I think overall, deserved, but massive credit to Abingdon United Women FC for pushing us all the way in the Cup Final, it really was a game of two halves! We still have the PDFA Cup Final v Portsmouth FC Women on Thursday 3rd June, which is the Portsmouth District Cup Final, so this will be our final game this season. We are certainly hoping for more silverware come Thursday night, but it will be a massive test, which the squad are very much looking forward to!
WSS: As you said, you needed to do it the hard way by coming from behind, having trailed to a first half goal, but were you always confident that you could turn it around?
SKC: Yes definitely, we didn't get going until 30 minutes in and we deserved to go behind as Abingdon were playing very well, however we started to play and should have equalised before half time. After a good and positive team talk at half time, I knew we had the quality on the pitch and also on the bench too, and we came out for the second half, on the front foot with a deserved equaliser through Ciara Boylan, who played brilliantly. Paiger (Paige Seeley) then came on and with her pace, changed the dynamics of the game, and she was in the right place at the right time at the back post with a great finish to score the winner and the celebration said it all, showing how much it meant to whole team!
WSS: The win came on the back of your semi final win against AFC Bournemouth on penalties, you have certainly had to do it the hard way to win this trophy?
SKC: Oh absolutely, the semi final was so nail biting, like the Final, but more so in the shootout, as it can be a lottery! The game was quite even possession wise, with both teams having good chances to score, but our goalkeeper in particular, Lauren Sayler made two outstanding saves near the end of the 90 to take it into the shootout where you always have a chance. It was up and down, as we missed, they missed, they missed, we missed, but Lauren came the rescue with two fantastic penalty saves to take us into the final. It was a gritty, determined performance and really showed the mentality of the group which put us in good stead for the final as we found the way to win on both occasions which was brilliant.
WSS: Are you confident that you can build on this success and take it into next season?
SKC: For sure, the more success we have, the more interest we are getting and is then attracting better quality players to the club as they want to be involved which is only a positive thing. We have already made some really good additions to the squad as we build for the 2021-22 season and have already shown their quality in training, which makes players around them want to better themselves, so it's only going to be great for team morale and competition for places, and we just hope we will have an uninterrupted season!
WSS: How frustrating has it been that you were not able to complete a full league season?
SKC: It was incredibly frustrating, but understandable in the circumstances. For me personally at 35, two null and voided seasons are not ideal! The Southern Region Women's Football League then put forward the Subsidiary Cup to get teams playing which was great, however we did think along the way, we could have just played some more league games and perhaps they could have decided who should go up/go down but worked out some silverware! We are anxiously waiting for the decision of our application for promotion into the FA Women's National League (South West) so we should hear by the end of this month.
WSS: We shall never know now, but the Premier Division looked to be a strong one this time around, do you think it would have been a close title race?
SKC: Yes it would have been, without a doubt. There are four really strong sides including us, Abingdon, Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth, with respect to the other teams in the league too, but we have remained unbeaten against them, more so last season, as we only played two league games before this season was curtailed, but they always give us a good battle. It would have been interesting, but I am certain we would have been there at the top!
WSS: As of yet, we don't know how the leagues will look at the start of next season, but do you feel that you can do well, whichever teams you will be up against?
SKC: Yes absolutely, we are preparing already for whichever league we are in, but we certainly want to be in a league with competitive games week in, week out as that is what every player wants to strive for, to be the best they can be as an individual and as a team and test ourselves against better players, so it will be a very interesting waiting game to find out where Moneyfields FC Women will playing their football next season!
Our thanks to Sophie!
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