Albion's defender is relishing the prospect of vying for a potential place in the Women's Super League.
Brighton & Hove Albion women defender Sophie Perry admits that representing her local club in Sunday’s FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-Off Final will carry added emotional significance.
The defender is a full Republic of Ireland international and appeared in the Women's FA Cup Final for Chelsea, but insists this game could be a pivotal moment for both her and Brighton.
She told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m excited for the game and we’ve had a long time to prepare for it now.
“We may not have played any competitive games in the past month, but we’re all still training three times a week and will be more than ready for the game.
“This game is up there with the biggest I’ve played. The FA Cup Final in 2012 was a big one, because it was my first major final. The butterflies were going, but this one is a little bit more special because I grew up with this club and it could potentially change everything.
“It could make history for the club and to have a chance of playing in the Super League would be absolutely amazing. It’s a very important game and one that I’m going to relish.”
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Perry praised interim first-team manager George Parris for not tinkering with things too much since his appointment, ensuring a smooth transition since the end of the league season.
“Different managers have different approaches and everyone has different philosophies.
“But George has come in and not changed a lot. He said that we’ve done really well this season and not wanted to change anything too drastically because we’ve still got one game to play.
“Personnel might change, depending on who’s looking sharp or who’s looking fit. Apart from that, nothing has changed and we’re playing the same way.”
The season continues for Perry after Sunday, as she flies out to Helsinki for the Republic of Ireland’s crucial Euro 2017 qualifier against Finland on Friday 3rd June.
Sue Ronan’s side then welcome Montenegro to Dublin the following Tuesday, 7th June.
“If we win both games, it puts us in a great position to qualify for the Euros next year, which would be an unbelievable achievement. We then play Portugal in our last game.
“In the past year we have beaten all three of those teams, so it’s a very realistic achievement and everyone is hoping that we can qualify.”
The game takes place at Adams Park on Sunday 29th May, kick-off 2pm. Tickets for the FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-off Final will be available on the day and cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions (OAPs and under-16s), £1 for under-10s and free for under-3s.
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