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Cup win holds Ladies in good stead

6 February 2013

Ladies striker says 2-1 cup win over Morecambe creates momentum going into busy period

Coventry City Ladies midfielder Helen Dermody has admitted that Sunday’s FA Cup win over Morecambe will hold them in good stead, ahead of their busy schedule over the coming weeks.

Two goals in three minutes from skipper Natasha Lynch and Dermody put the favourites ahead, before Megan Doherty pulled a goal back for the spirited Shrimps, who couldn’t find an equaliser to force extra-time.

Adverse weather conditions have resulted in the Sky Blues failing to fulfil a fixture since the start of January, which has subsequently led to a backlog of matches.

The club face three games, in three different competitions, over the course of the next seven days which could ultimately shape the course of their season, but Dermody believes that the third round victory could prove to be a catalyst.

"The win on Sunday was definitely important to us," she admitted. "It will give us a little bit more confidence going into this busy period. It will put the team in a good position for the next two matches and it is a positive that we can take that ‘winning feeling’ into our next game."

In a stark contrast to her total of just one goal for the whole of last season, Dermody’s winner was her eighth goal of the season in all competitions. She admits that part of the reason for her upturn in fortune, is her willingness to get forward and take the burden off of the back of top scorer Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

"I think I have improved in front of goal because the girls have encouraged me to be more confident and take chances. As well as this, I’ve been trying to support the attacking players more and be in and around the box more often when we are in possession."

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