As she prepares to become the first Cliftonville Ladies player in history to raise the Danske Bank Women’s Premiership trophy, Megan Moran says she will be doing so on behalf of everyone who has made the dream a reality.
The Reds’ captain will have the privilege of receiving the silverware following this evening’s concluding League game against outgoing Champions Glentoran Women and revealed that the disappointment of last season’s near miss drove everyone towards glory this term.
“It’s hard to put into words how lifting that trophy is going to feel for the team, having been a goal of our for so many years, it’s an honour,” she says.
“When we lift that trophy, we’ll be lifting it with all the players and staff, past and present, that have committed to this Club and dedicated their playing career to helping Cliftonville strive for success in the the Women’s Premiership.
“Having come within touching distance to the title last year, I feel right from the the start of the season we believed we had the potential to go the whole way this year.
“It helped us focus and play with a higher intensity in every game. We knew there was going to be no room for mistakes. Then the results started to catch up with our beliefs and we were on our way to the title.”
Despite the contest holding no currency in the race for the crown, Moran insists that the Reds – whose only dropped points this season came in a 3-1 reverse against the Glens at the end of September – want to sign off on a high.
“The focus of every match is always to win,” she adds.
“That’s our mindset – always work hard for the win and get the three points. However, the League is about consistency, so we’ll be getting our hands on that trophy as a result of our hard work and high standard of performances over the last eight months.”
There will be free admission to Solitude tonight so that supporters young and old can be part of the celebrations.
Bring your flags, hats, shirts and scarves and let’s see as much Red as possible on show in support of John McGrady and his history-making players as they bring the curtain down on a milestone campaign.
Cliftonville Ladies v Glentoran Women
Wednesday, November 2