Shannon O'Brien

O’Brien: A Step In The Right Direction

Shannon O’Brien dreams of Wembley after LCFC Women booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup with a 6-2 win against Birmingham City.
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- LCFC Women beat Birmingham City 6-2 on Saturday afternoon
- Shannon O’Brien scored twice in the win at Pirelli Stadium
- The victory sees Leicester enter the draw for the quarter-finals of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup
- It was a professional performance, says O’Brien

O’Brien was out to impress on Saturday afternoon as she scored twice in City’s convincing win against Birmingham, confirming their spot in the next round.

After the game, the winger expressed her emotions and explained how delighted she is to be back on the scoresheet, after missing a portion of the early part of the season with injury.

“I’m delighted with the win,” O’Brien stated. “We knew it would be a tough game, they’re (Birmingham) pushing for the WSL but even though we made it a little difficult at times, we scored six and I got two myself so I can’t complain.

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Shannon O'Brien

Shannon O'Brien scored a brace during Saturday's victory in the FA Cup.

“After my second goal, that’s the first time I’ve heard the fans chant my name so that was nice, and the kiss was to my parents. We appreciate the fans support, especially coming out to Burton, but it makes such a difference to us having them there.

“It gives me a big confidence boost, and I’m still trying to find my feet and way back to where I was so today was a good sign that I’m on the right path.

“You can only play what’s in front of you, and it was a professional performance. We must take the confidence from this win but know that the WSL is a completely different game and opposition.”

Now one game closer to the final, all eyes will be on Monday night’s draw, where Leicester will find out their next opponents.

Everyone dreams of Wembley and reaching the FA Cup Final.

Shannon O'Brien

Keen to take it game by game, the no.27 went on to talk about the atmosphere in the team and have the increased quality and trust in one another helps to boost performances.

O’Brien added: “Everyone dreams of Wembley and reaching the FA Cup Final, and you can see that we’re going in the right direction, but we need to keep taking it game by game.

“One thing we’ve improved on this year is different goalscorers and we don’t rely on any one person. Janice [Cayman] is someone who doesn’t really play in an attacking area of the pitch, but she always pops up with a goal.

“We can rely on everybody now which is massive, knowing that we have a squad full of quality. So, there’s always people on the bench that are capable of making a difference like they showed today as well.”




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