Kerry Montgomery is relishing the prospect of taking on St Johnstone in the quarter-finals of the SSE Scottish Cup and continuing an incredible season for the women of steel.
The SWPL 2 champions travel to McDiarmid Park on Sunday with a place in the last four up for grabs.
Saints present familiar opposition for ‘Well, with the two sides having faced off in league action twice this season.
On both occasions Motherwell have come out on top. The first was an impressive 6-0 success, while the meeting at McDiarmid Park last month was a much closer affair in which Megan Burns’ late winner secured a 2-1 victory.
“St Johnstone proved a tough opposition in the last meeting, so on Sunday we will need to be at our best to book a place in the last four,” Montgomery said. “We expect a hard challenge, but I think that’s the games the girls relish and when we show our best on the pitch.
“To reach the semi-finals and face a potential top three SWPL side would be massive for us and provide a great opportunity to test ourselves and see what level we are really at.
“A cup semi final would be a game everyone would be excited and desperate to play in, so Sunday is vitally important for us to go and get the win to give us that massive opportunity.”
Despite having clinched the league title with six games of the season remaining, Donald Jennow’s side showed no signs of complacency as they produced a superb display to defeat Central Girls 9-0 in their last outing.
Northern Irish international Montgomery is sure that the targets set among the players will help drive them on through the final games of the season.
“The win over Central signaled our intent for the remainder of our season, we want to finish on as many points as possible,” she added.
“It was a great team performance after the international break everyone was glad to be back on the pitch.
“I think especially our striking duo are keen to keep banging the goals in to claim the top scorer prize.”
With the step up to the top flight of Scottish women’s football on the horizon, Montgomery is excited about what lies ahead for Motherwell.
The close season brought overhaul among the squad, but the midfielder feels the togetherness within the squad is very strong.
“We are a very tight group for only being together nine months. There’s a good amount of experience among us which I think has helped us to be as successful as we have been so far.
“The banter between everyone is great even with the staff too, training is always enjoyable which I think is important. I believe the club has a promising future going into the top flight next season.”
Last month saw Kerry feature in Northern Ireland’s World Cup quaifiers against Ireland and Slovakia, moving her on 10 international caps. Despite losing on both occasions, she believes the experienced gained will stand her in good stead going forward.
“The World Cup qualifiers were a brilliant experience. It’s always an honour getting selected in the squad and representing your nation.
“We have a very talented group of players so I’m always learning and being challenged at the highest level, I’m looking forward to the next campaign and pushing for more senior caps.”