McAneny Targetting More Under-15s Success After SWF Award


Munro and McAneny with trophies

Celtic’s under-15s winning Scottish Women’s Football Youth Team of the Year was just the icing on the cake for 14-year-old Maria McAneny, who is ready to take 2018’s form into next season and convert it into more success.

“Obviously we had a brilliant season,” she said at Celtic Park, following signing for her second season with the club.

“We were undefeated in the league and won the League Cup so we had a high chance of winning it, but the other teams up for it were really good teams who done well, so you can’t expect it, but I genuinely think we deserved it because we worked really hard this season,” she confessed. 

While confidence was always high around the squad throughout the season, the young prospect struggled to pinpoint any one particular moment where it became clear they could enjoy such highs in 2018, but said it was clear from the get go that the talent and commitment to do so was available.

“At the start of the season with all the players we brought in, our squad looked very good. With the coaches we had as well and the work we put in in training, having over 20 people at training every night has obviously helped us in winning the double.

“I was in the Dana Cup squad and it was brilliant too. Seeing the girls and how much it meant to us was great. We went over there expecting to do alright but I did not expect to win it so it showed us what we were capable of,” she said.

In a season that hit heady highs for the squad, it wasn’t without its low points for McInerney, who, while in Denmark, suffered injury that ruled her out of not just the Dana Cup final, but a few other landmarks in her fledgling career.

“Unfortunately I tore the ligaments in my ankle around the quarter final, so I was out for about six weeks but I had a lot of important things coming up. Obviously I was gutted to not play in the final after how well we had been playing, and then I didn’t play in the League Cup against Glasgow City and had just made it to a Scotland camp. Because we are young you can get back fitter, but it’s life and you have to deal with it,” McAneny explained.

Her resolve that grew from the midseason setback coupled with the team’s accomplishments last term has afforded McAneny and her teammates the right to set their sights on lofty ambitions for next season, with emulating the club’s men’s squad triumphs a target.

“I’d love to win the Scottish this time. To win the Scottish Cup would be amazing, and obviously a treble as well would just be amazing, so we’ll see how it goes.

“We have to go into next season with confidence now,” she admitted.

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