Albion's women's team captain reflects on last night's victory.
Brighton & Hove Albion captain Sophie Perry was delighted that her team-mates were able to find their form in front of goal, as the Seagulls ran out 5-1 winners in the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup Final last night.
Albion overcame Crawley Wasps at Culver Road to secure their third successive title in the competition, and Perry was pleased with the clinical nature shown in the county showpiece final.
She said, “We always take the Sussex Women’s Challenge Cup very seriously, as you can see by the team that we fielded.
“I’m really pleased with the performance. Getting five goals is always a positive for us, because we haven’t scored too many in our Super League games over the past few weeks.
“Looking at our Super League games, we’ve only scored one goal in two games and drawn the other 0-0, so it’s really pleasing that we’re scoring and it gives us confidence."
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Goals from Alessia Russo and Hollie Olding completed the scoring after the Wasps pulled the scoreline back to 3-1 before the break, and Perry gave credit to Albion’s lower-league opponents for their efforts.
“Crawley looked to play a high line and that worked in their favour at times. We did get caught offside quite a few times, but that’s something that we needed to try and adapt to.
“Throughout the game you can have highs and lows, and to be fair to Crawley, they got back into the game and really tested us in the second half, so credit to them.
“But I’m delighted that we got the win and most importantly, we got the goals on the scoresheet, so we’re very positive going into the next Super League game.”
The Seagulls return to FAWSL Spring Series action on 2nd April when they travel to Aston Villa, and Perry is expecting a tough game but urged her team-mates to secure their first league victory.
“They’re going to be a strong side, like they were last season, so we’re expecting a physical battle. We go in well prepared, looking forward to it, and hopefully we can get our first three points.”