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Swansea City Women have had a magnificent week and on Sunday, they picked up the point they needed to seal the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League title to add to their League Cup success four days earlier.
We talked to Swansea defender Ria Hughes, who spoke of her pride at lifting the league title and is relishing the chance to play in the UEFA Women's Champions League once again next season:
WSS: Many congratulations on winning the league title, how does it feel to be Champions of Wales once again?
RH: I am extremely proud to be apart of Swansea City Ladies and to be champions of Wales. It has been a tough season for us but we are a strong team and always power through until the end.
WSS: To win the league with an unbeaten record and conceding just one goal all season is a phenomenal achievement, one which the team is really proud of?
RH: We work hard in our units and as a whole. To only concede one goal all season is amazing, we strive to concede as little as possible.
WSS: That said, it must have been frustrating game against Abergavenny on Sunday, coming up against a determined side and an inspired goalkeeper, were you always confident it would be your day though?
RH: We have played a lot of games in a short period of time and we knew Abergavenny were going to come at us and give us a good game. As a team you have to be confident going into any game and games like Sunday are what we play for!
WSS: This success comes on the back of your League Cup win last week, when you needed to come from behind against Cardiff, how pleased were you on the night with a really strong second half display?
RH: Going one nil down can knock a team's confidence and they can become defeated easily, but our second half performance showed what a team we are and what we can do. We rolled up our sleeves and played the Swansea way.
WSS: Have there been any players, or people off the pitch, who have played an important but unsung part in the team's success this season?
RH: I believe everyone in the club has played an important part this season. The background staff have been working tirelessly and us as players knew what we had to do to win the league cup and the season.
WSS: Winning the title will of course mean you qualify for the UEFA Women's Champions League next season. How much are you looking forward to having another crack at European football?
RH: It's always exciting to be able to play in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Getting the opportunity to experience and play against women in Europe is something girls dream of doing and we are fortunate to be able to be able to do it again.
Our thanks to Ria!
Photo - Will Cheshire
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