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Edinburgh Ladies captain Karina Murray is hopeful that last week's stunning 4-1 victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Women's Premier League Cup Final will start an era of success for her club.
Edinburgh lifted their first major trophy as a result of the win and Karina, who has been with the club for nine years, told Women's Soccer Scene that it came from a good all round team performance. "It was terrific, like a dream come true," she said. "Every single player on the park wanted it on the night and everyone played well, especially our 17-year-old goalkeeper Lorna Brownlie who made a number of outstanding saves and was Player of the Match.
"Hibs are a very good team but we performed better on the night. We were excited at half time when we led 2-1 but our manager Carson Ralton kept our feet on ground and made sure we were ready for the second half, and we got our reward."
For Karina, it marked a wonderful moment for her to lead the team to a major success. "As captain, it's massive for me - especially in our first season under new management and I felt we were destined to win it," she smiles. "I so wanted to lift the trophy - in the time leading up to the game and particularly when we were ahead on the night."
Karina puts a lot of Edinburgh's success down to the new management team, headed by Carson Ralson. "We struggled in the league last season but the new management has brought passion and commitment to the team," she says. "We are now training twice a week and it is much better, it is more tactical and there is more organisation. A lot of the players are in their first season of women's football and it is a big jump but they have done it really well.
"Debbie Mc Whinnie is a fantastic player who could easily play for Scotland and is a great signing, and Diana Barry returned to us this year after a season at Glasgow City. When Debbie and Diana joined us, I knew we had a chance of doing well this season as we had been short of goalscorers, now we are getting goals from all over the pitch."
The two strikers netted three of the goals between them but the strike of the night came from youngster Molly McKean. "What a goal," enthused Karina. "Molly flicked the ball over a player's head and volleyed it in off a post. She showed great composure - it's probably the goal of the season."
Now Karina is determined that Edinburgh can build on their success and land trophies on a more regular basis. "After getting a taste of winning something, you want more of it," she says. "Your expectations get higher and other teams will be recognising us now, especially after beating Hibs.
"We can get amongst the top two in the league and still have matches against them to come. We've proved we can beat the best and have the first trophy of the season, and we will going all out to try and win the other two."
Photo - Alan Lomax
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