Boe Risa: It was great to play
Manchester United Women midfielder Vilde Boe Risa praised the team spirit following our penalty shoot-out win over Durham on Thursday.
Following an initial 2-2 draw against the WSL 2 side, with Ivana Fuso and Ella Toone scoring the goals, the Reds netted from all five of our spot kicks to secure two points in the opening FA Continental Tyres League Cup match.
One of those who slotted away their penalty was Boe Risa, who played the whole game in the heart of midfield for United.
"Not the best feeling but, of course, the win is the most important and we did a good job with the penalties," she told MUTV post-match.
"Five goals and a good save from Baggers [Sophie Baggaley], so that was the most important."
Our no.8 then went on to praise her team-mates' mentality to win the match, emphasising that the victory was a result of togetherness and trust.
"We did a great job getting together," Boe Risa added.
"I've been in penalty shootouts before and won it, so I know how important it is to hold around each other and be together as a group and as a team, so we did really well. You could see from the penalties that we had a lot of confidence."
Thursday's encounter was Boe Risa's second start since making the move from Norway and her hometown club Sandviken.
"Yeah, I was very happy," she said about the moment she found out she was playing from kick-off.
"I'm glad to play 90 minutes now and to get a start, I've missed it. I need to work hard and continue to get into the team."
The Norway international also gave our travelling supporters some warm words after Thursday's penalty win.
"They are so nice," she said with a big smile on her face.
"They always cheer for us and make a lot of noise, so I'm very happy to have them around and I hope to see them again soon."
United Women's next match, after the international break, is on Sunday 7 November when the Reds travel to Tottenham Hotspur for a Women's Super League clash.