MU Women in 'dreamland' with first trophy

Saturday 11 May 2019 20:43

Manchester United Women capped a near-flawless first season with a comfortable 5-0 win over Lewes Women at Leigh Sports Village.

The Reds scored twice in the first period to put clear daylight between themselves and the Rookettes heading into the interval, and kicked on with three more strikes during the final stages of the game.
The goals took United's tally to a remarkable 98 for the season, and completed an 18th win in 20 league matches this term. It ends a superb inaugural campaign for Casey Stoney's side, and we caught up with the boss, captain Alex Greenwood and top scorer Jess Sigsworth after the final whistle. 
Scroll down to check out what they had to say...
Watch us lift the FA Women's Championship! Video

Watch us lift the FA Women's Championship!

Absolute scenes! Watch Casey Stoney's squad lift the FA Women's Championship trophy at Leigh Sports Village...

Casey, are these the moments to savour in football?
"I told the players to enjoy this moment because you don't get many of them in football. There are lots of lows and not so many highs, so when you get the highs you enjoy them, you celebrate them together and know that you have worked extremely hard to achieve them."
It was great to see you celebrating with your backroom staff...
"I can't credit my staff enough. They are my rock, the foundations that I have built my success upon. I can't do my job without them. They have been incredible this year, we have had to face a lot. The assistant walked out in December, left, and obviously Glenn came in and took the reigns, which was fantastic. Ian Wilcock has been a huge support to me all year. I have a great performance coach, a fantastic physio and doctor, and the wider team around us make my job extremely easy so I can concentrate on the football."
Coaching was always the way for you, right?
"Yeah for me, it was never something I wasn't going to do. I have coached since I was 17, throughout my career. At every club I was at I was always coaching. I have been a player-manager already, and this is my life, this is my passion, this is what I live for. I am in dreamland at the moment."
What a lovely moment to share with your family as well...
"This is what I do it for, I do it for my two little girls, my little boy and my family. To be able to share moments like this with them is the best feeling in the world. They might not understand it at the moment because they are too young and it's a bit crazy, but when they are older we can look back and hopefully they can be very proud of what mummy has achieved."
Alex, how does this feel?
"Unbelievable, it has been a long time coming and I feel like I have been waiting forever for this. But I said to the girls before the game that they are a fantastic group of women and it has been a pleasure to lead them out every week."
How is the mood in the dressing room?
"Unbelievable! They deserve all of this. We have had a tough year. We have worked hard on and off the pitch, and we fully deserve to be champions."
Some people will say it has been an easy season, but it hasn't has it?
"Absolutely, we've got 21 women who came together who never knew each other. We have created not only a team but a family, and I think that shows on the pitch."
How does it feel to be captain of this team?
"It is an honour every day. Every time I lead this team out it is an honour. They are a fantastic group. I am so proud of them, staff included, and it is overwhelming every time I do it but today is more special than ever."
Watch our post-match interview with captain Alex Greenwood.
How does it feel to be leading goalscorer and Golden Boot winner?
"Yeah, that is brilliant, I am so happy about that. I got it last year and it is such a good achievement to win it again this year. Our target was 100 goals this season and unfortunately we were two off, but I am happy with the Golden Boot."
How important is this trophy?
"It is massive. Our aims this year were to win the league and get promoted into the top flight. I think that is where we belong. Our performances this season have shown that we can compete next year so we are really looking forward to that."
Jess Sigsworth explains she is proud to have won the Golden Boot award.
How about the fans today?
"They have been absolutely incredible and amazing all year. They have been our twelfth man. Thy have really got behind us and pushed us on. That is why we have performed well, week-in and week-out. We can't thank them enough, they have been brilliant."

Are you looking forward to competing against the best in the country?
"That is it! We have been training to compete in the Super League and we are really looking forward to it. I think we have shown through our performances that we can compete and obviously we played some of those teams this year. We competed and won, so we are so excited to compete in that league next year."
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