Bannon proud to lift third successive title.
Sunderland WFC captain Steph Bannon spoke of her delight at the Lady Black Cats’ third consecutive FA Women’s Premier League as she looked back on a ground-breaking campaign for her side.
Bannon skippered the team to their third league title in three years whilst the club was also granted a licence to play in next season’s Women’s Super League (WSL).
And Bannon has been delighted with the progress made this season at Eppleton CW.
“At the start of the season we set our targets and to retain the title was the main one so we’re pleased we were able to do that,” Bannon said.
“We made it hard for ourselves at times but we got through it as a group.
“Getting to the quarter-final of the cup and also into the WSL is a massive bonus all-round.”
Mick Mulhern’s side were unbeaten between September and April before a defeat against their nearest rivals Leeds United in the league prevented an unbeaten season.
And Bannon says the winning mentality instilled within the ladies’ team made the defeat hard to take, especially against their rivals.
“We were gutted to lose the game,” she added.
“We’re not used to getting beaten and it’s certainly not a habit we get into so to lose to our rivals was bitterly disappointing.
“We probably had some sour grapes and that’s why we were so dominant against them and got our revenge on the last day of the season.”
The ladies will begin their WSL campaign in March 2014 and Bannon feels the experience of their defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-final will benefit her team ahead of the new campaign.
“Before the Liverpool game we felt we were always in with a chance but obviously they have great players and we knew it would be tough,” Bannon explained.
“We took it to the wire and they scored a dubious goal which we’re still disappointed about to this day.
“On reflection, though, it was a good performance and not such a bad result when you see they’re now hammering Super League sides.”