Jarrett: I couldn't have wished for better!

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Striker Rianna Jarrett had a dream debut as her brace helped Albion advance to the quarter-finals of the Women’s FA Cup.

By Jake Ketley • 26 February 2020

By Kyle Hemsley
Rianna Jarrett had an Albion debut to remember.

The Republic of Ireland international scored either side of half-time to cap an impressive display for both her individually as well as the team.

She said, “I couldn’t have wished for a better game. I’m delighted to get the start and I’m happy that Hope [Powell] put her trust in me. As a striker you go into every game believing that you are going to score, but obviously that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to happen.

“I’m over the moon that I could get two goals on my debut, but the most important thing is that we got the win here and kept a clean sheet which puts us in the next round of the cup, so we’re looking forward to that.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Beth Roe celebrates with debutant goalscorer Rianna Jarrett against Crystal Palace.

Jarrett showed the variety of her striking prowess as her first goal was a stunning 25-yard strike, while her second was a delicate near-post header, and the striker talked through both finishes.

“[For the first goal] I received the ball on the left wing and as right footer I was looking to cut in, then I just saw the space and thought ‘why not hit it’?,” she continued. “Thankfully I caught it nicely and it hit the back of the net. We were all delighted, but I think I was a little bit surprised myself!

“We then got the goal very early on in the second half and that set the tone. I wouldn’t say we relaxed, but it gives you that extra cushion. I saw the ball go wide and I knew that someone needed to get into the front post area. I was the closest person and thankfully I met the ball at the right time. I could see the goalkeeper in my eye, and I managed to get a little glance on it which managed to take it into the back of the net, so I was delighted with that.”

By Kyle Hemsley
Rianna Jarrett celebrates her second goal of the match with Emily Simpkins.

The January signing then looked ahead to the prospect of facing Birmingham City in the quarter-final tie next month.

“It was important to get through and set up the match against Birmingham. We need to go back to the drawing board, and we’ll look to improve on our performance. There were a lot of things that we did that isn’t going to be good enough in the next round, so we’ll take a look at that. But it’s a cup game and we’re at home, so hopefully we can do the business and get into the semi-finals.”

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