Goalscorer Ewens delighted to get Celts off the mark for 2019


Ewens celebrates against Forfar

Celtic hadn't played a competitive domestic match since late October 2018, but Sarah Ewens’ instinct in front of goal hadn’t weaned as she hit the ground running for Celtic, scoring their first goal of 2019 after only three minutes.

Ewens got the Celts off the mark scoring the maiden goal in the Scottish Building Society SWPL1 for the 2019 season knocking the ball past Fiona McNicoll in the Farmington goal at close range to start the rout. Undoubtedly pleased with the result, she told how the intense pre-season period had all built up to that day.

“It’s good for us to start the season with a win. I thought we played well, controlled the game and the clean sheet was very important for us too, and I’m obviously delighted to get on the scoresheet again.

“It’s felt like pre-season has gone on for a while, but we’ve had good preparation and going away as a squad and playing against some top-class teams has prepared us really well,” she told at Barrowfield Training Centre.

There was no rest for the wicked though despite a profitable return of four goals and retaining a clean sheet, with the players immediately being thrown into a gruelling strength and conditioning session led by Janice Buchanan the next night. 

“We’re all feeling it today,” she conceded with a laugh when asked if it was a tough shift on the Monday evening.

“We received our strength programme which is important, and we need to keep that fitness up and working on our strength goals which is a good aim for us this season. It was important to get that in even though we are all feeling it today, but it’ll stand us in good stead for Sunday against a tough team in Hibs,” the winger explained.

And with the season officially underway, the 27-year-old couldn’t hide her enthusiasm as the Celts commence a challenging and important run of fixtures starting with Hibs at the weekend followed by Dundee United in the League Cup, with the former potentially presenting Ewens with her 50th appearance for the Celts.

“Every time we play a big team like Hibs we are looking forward to it anyway, but coming off a win is obviously a confidence booster and we’ll go in ready and believing we can get a result – as long as we play at our best, we are confident we can go and get a win.

“We’re all aiming to do well in the cup this season so we’re looking forward to a good run in the cup and see where that takes us, it’s another away game but whether we’re home or away we’ll be ready.”

Celtic play Hibs on Sunday, February 17 at Ainslie Park in Edinburgh in a 1pm kick-off.

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