Striker Sarah Ewens couldn’t hide her delight at getting back to scoring ways with an impressive pair of finishes against Motherwell in the 5-0 victory last weekend, as the forward confessed her frustrations at not meeting her own expectations so far this season.
Despite the honest self-analysis, Ewens has a promising return of four in the opening seven games, and with the first round of fixtures drawing to a close she hopes her brace in Lanarkshire can be a good springboard for when the Celts return to action hosting champions Glasgow CIty.
“I’m definitely pleased to finally get back on the scoresheet,” she began, “I’ve been disappointed in myself in the last few games not getting on it and not scoring as many as I’ve wanted to this first third of the season, so I was delighted to get a couple of good goals.
“They were good team goals as well. I thought the movement on Sunday was really good and we got some good goals as a team.”
With the new-look structure to the women’s season comes new challenges, one of which is the new Christmas break which sees SWPL1 clubs out of competitive action until January 17. And while last season’s top scorer would have preferred to kick on from Sunday’s rout, she’s holding onto the confidence she takes from her goals regardless.
“I think going into the break coming off two goals and a good performance definitely gives you a bit confidence going forward and it is unfortunate that we’re having to wait a month to play the next game because once the ball’s rolling, you just want to keep going, but it’s definitely given me confidence going into Glasgow City,” she told.
While the Hoops have only dropped points twice this season it speaks to the mentality of Fran Alonso’s squad in how they react, firstly in the disappointment and frustration that can still be seen in the determined group, but also in their ability to bounce back and respond in devastating fashion. And that trait is pivotal to any success Celtic hope to achieve this season according to the striker, who also commended the goals that are across the pitch for the Hoops.
“You definitely need that mentality. I think against Forfar we were very disappointed as a team. That’s a game we should be going in and taking three points from. Obviously, there’s no disrespect to Forfar, they’re a good team this season and have definitely improved, but if we want to be competing at the top those are the games we need to be winning, so coming into Motherwell and getting a good team performance and goals, and knowing if we’d taken our chances in the first half it could’ve been a lot higher of a scoreline so there was a good few positives from Sunday.
“There’s definitely goals across the whole team; you’ve got Craigy in the defence chipping in and it’s good for forwards, because you don’t feel like one or two players are under that pressure to get goals when you know the whole team is chipping in. So it takes the pressure off a bit and it’s good for team morale seeing loads of players get on the scoresheet.”
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