Our Premier Women look to take their league form into the Cup.
All is well in the Women's camp at the moment. Top of the league, an important debut, and the excitement of the Cup.
Head of Women's Football, Ryan Faithfull was in good form ahead of the weekend.
That's three wins on the bounce after another tight game v Ellerslie. How did you see the game pan out?
I was pleased with the way we competed against Ellerslie. Ellerslie are a good side and incredibly tough to break down defensively - they conceded the ball in the 2nd half and defended deeper which allowed us to build a rhythm with the ball.
A debut for Emma Kete last weekend. How good was it seeing her in action after her injury?
It was great to have Emma Kete debut for Western Springs last week. Emma has worked incredibly hard to recover quickly from her knee injury and it’s a testament to her professional attitude. I’m looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the team once she’s back to match fitness.
The Cup kicks off this weekend which is always exciting. Will you look to rotate the squad or stick with the winning formula?
We’re all very excited to begin the Kate Sheppard Cup campaign. Cup games are a different dynamic to league play, one-off matches that you have to perform at your best, as there are no second chances. We don’t know a lot about Birkenhead, but we will always aspire to perform to our best level.
There's always a balance to be had between the league and cup. Do you see a priority of one over the other or do you feel you have a strong enough squad to give both a decent go?
The team would like to compete for both the League and the Cup this year and we have worked hard to put ourselves in a positive position to perform for both.
Do you have a favourite cup memory in your career?
I have two favourite Cup memories; Winning the Kate Sheppard Cup against Glenfield in 2016 with Forrest Hill Milford. My second memory was winning the 2019 Generation Adidas Cup against Valencia CF in Dallas, Texas with the Seattle Sounders U17 Men’s team.