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We all performed well - Kerry
 Women's Football News 22 Feb 2008
We all performed well - Kerry - 22 Feb 2008 - Women's Football NewsKerry Smith savoured her double strike which helped Lincoln City defeat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 in the quarter finals of the F.A.Women's Cup and is relishing the prospect of her first ever major Cup semi final.
The result was arguably the best in Lincoln's history and a delighted Kerry told Women's Soccer Scene: "We all performed well. It's been a while since we beat Blackburn but our manager (Rod Wilson) and coaching staff filled us full of confidence and we were all geared up for it.
"In the first half, Blackburn were all over us to be fair, but we kept our heads up and got our goal. After half time we worked hard and closed them down and used this to our advantage. When we went 2-1 ahead I thought we were going to win the game then but when they equalised, our heads dropped slightly but we stuck at it."
Kerry had already scored the second goal and it was the midfielder who popped up to score the decisive goal in extra time. "Leandra (Little) crossed the ball from a setpiece, the goalkeeper tried to punch it but couldn't clear properly and I volleyed the ball back in with my right foot. It was an instinctive shot as I just hit it as it came to me but it went in and I was over the moon. It was one of our best ever wins and one of the best games I have played in.
"I don't score very many, so to get two in a cup game is a huge achievement for me."
For Kerry, the game was a personal triumph after she missed most of last season following a horrific car crash. "I was involved in a serious car accident in November 2006," she recalls. "I suffered a fractured femur, shattered patella and a torn cartiledge. I thought my career was over but I stayed positive and stuck at it as I wanted to get back playing so badly.
"It was hard work getting my fitness back and very frustrating, as things which were normally easy to do were suddenly ten times harder. I managed to come back for the last match of the season and scored against Curzon Ashton and pre-season training has helped me further. It is difficult now and again, particularly with my knee, but I am virtually back to how I was before the accident.
"I've done well to play so many games but when you want something, you work hard for it. Reaching the semi finals has made everything worthwhile, the team and club helped me through the bad times, every one of them, as they were always there for me."
Now Kerry can look forward to the semi final tie against either Arsenal or Birmingham City. "We've never been this far before so it's a huge achievement," she says. "Whoever it is, we will give them a good game and it won't be a walkover. No disrespect to Birmingham, but we want to play Arsenal because you want to test yourself against the best.
"We are still fighting for the league title and that is obviously the big one, but we want both now as this chance might not come again."

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