New Brighton & Hove Albion signing Megan Connolly is relishing the opportunity to potentially make her debut in today’s SSE Women’s FA Cup tie with Manchester United.
The Republic of Ireland international signed for the Seagulls last week, and admitted that she has been happy with the way she has been welcomed into the club during her short time.
She said, “It’s amazing. It’s so professional here and everyone at the club has been so welcoming. You don’t find that at many places so it has been a great experience so far.
“I haven’t had my first game here yet, but it is going to be a lot more physical. There are older women playing here, who have been playing football for much longer than I have.
“I think my experience playing at international level will help me prepare, and playing some of the best players in the world has helped me get ready for this.
“I’ve been excited to train this week and hopefully get some game time on the weekend and get my first experience.”
Connolly also expressed how it would feel to make her debut against a team such as Manchester United, should she be selected.
“It goes back to a childhood dream growing up and playing football. Growing up in Ireland, you’re so close to England and you watch the Premier League every day.
“You idolise the players and you want to be part of it. Having the chance to compete against those types of teams and players is unbelievable.
“To play against Manchester United in my first game would be a dream for anyone who loves football.
“It’s crazy for me to think about, and as someone who’s grown up watching the FA Cup, it’s unbelievable. One or two of my family may come over, so it would be great to play and get a win.”
Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.