Toone: We can’t wait for the next round

Monday 31 January 2022 16:00

Manchester United Women winger Ella Toone was “really happy” to score in the Reds’ 2-0 away victory over Bridgwater United as Marc Skinner’s side progressed to the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

Toone’s goal was United’s second of the afternoon and sealed the victory over the National League Southern Premier Division side.

Speaking to MUTV, our no.7 admitted: “I’m really happy with the goal. My family were down here today, and they saw it so I’m happy I could get a goal for them.”

The United winger also heaped praise on the professionalism her team-mates showed, saying: “We knew it was going to be tough, and it was a tough pitch to play on, but we grounded it out and worked hard for each other.

“We managed to get two goals and a win which was the main thing.”

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Ella added: “It was really difficult, [Bridgwater] made it difficult for us and the pitch didn’t help, but sometimes you have games like that, and you’ve got to find a plan B and another way to win. We did that today.”

Marc Skinner’s side are competing on many fronts this season, with the Reds also set to face Chelsea in the Continental Tyres League Cup on Wednesday evening.

For the time being, Toone was happy to share her aspirations for the FA Cup this season.

“[The FA Cup] is really important,” she said. “Every game is important for us.

“We want to go on and achieve big things, and the FA Cup is such an exciting tournament to be involved in.

“It was a great start for us, and we can’t wait for the next round.”
United Women players and coaches come together for a full-time huddle at Bridgwater.

Before Toone’s second-half goal, Hayley Ladd's presence in the penalty area led to the Reds going ahead in the 17th minute, as her shot was deflected off Charlotte Buxton for an own goal.

Speaking to MUTV, Ladd expressed her pleasure at helping her team progress to the next round.

“It was a relief for us to get a goal,” she said. “It was a tough game and the two goals settled it.”

Hayley Ladd drives forward against Bridgwater.

“It is a great feeling to get through,” she said. “We are really glad to progress. It was a great challenge, and one that I think we overcame well.”

She added her praise for the away support, saying: “The [home] crowd was really strong for Bridgwater, so it was really important to us that we had that noise in our corner.”

The draw for the fifth round takes place this Monday evening at 19:30 GMT.


The first United Women's match to be played in front of fans at Old Trafford is due to kick off at 12:00 BST on Sunday 27 March*, against Everton. For more details, or to book your seats now for this historic game, visit our dedicated tickets page.

*Fixture date is subject to broadcast selection changes.