Janice Cayman

Cayman: It Wasn’t Our Day

Janice Cayman reflects on her first season in the Barclays Women’s Super League which ended with a defeat to Liverpool at King Power Stadium.
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- LCFC Women beaten 4-0 by Liverpool at King Power Stadium
- The result saw City finish 10th in the Barclays Women’s Super League
- Leanne Kiernan scored a hat-trick for the Reds
- Next season, we’ll be even more motivated to do better, says Janice Cayman

Cayman joined LCFC Women last summer in a move that saw her become the most decorated player at Belvoir Drive, having won the UEFA Women’s Champions League twice with Olympique Lyonnais..

At 35 years of age, the versatile outfield player went on to score seven goals in her debut campaign, helping the Foxes to a 10th place finish in the WSL, but admitted that the term ended with a challenging reverse against the Reds.

“It was a tough game for us today,” Cayman admitted. “Of course, we wanted to win today but unfortunately, we lost. The girls put everything out on the pitch, but it wasn’t our day today.

It’s super competitive in this league, and every game is full on but that’s what I like about it.

Janice Cayman

“I think that we’ve learned a lot of the season and had a few ups and downs, but I think we can be proud of ourselves; we made history by going far in the FA Cup, so it’s stuff we can build on.

“Next season we’ll be even more motivated to do even better, so I think we improved on a lot of things this season, but there’s still a lot we can do better in.”

Starting in 26 of her 28 appearances this season, Cayman found herself frequenting the inverted left full-back position, but also proved to be a goal threat at the other end of the pitch, and was City’s third top goalscorer behind Jutta Rantala and Lena Petermann.

“I was happy to have a lot of game time,” the Belgian international continued. “It was a great first year in the WSL, where I learned a lot even at my age. We have a great squad and we deserved more than we got this season, but that just means we’re motivated for the next.

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Janice Cayman
Janice Cayman

The Belgian international made 28 appearances this term.

“It’s super competitive in this league, and every game is full on but that’s what I like about it. Every week, it’s a different game, but you have to give it your all to have a chance of winning.

“Even when you’re leading, you could still lose the game and that’s what’s special about this league. It’s competitive and challenging.”

The last word of the day was to commend captain Aileen Whelan, who announced her retirement at the end of the 2023/24 season, and City's No.11 believes there will be a hole left in her absence.

Cayman added: “I think she [Whelan] is a great team-mate and captain. She has so much experience and is a great people person, and I’m sure we’ll miss her next season.”

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