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Jamie-Lee Napier 'buzzing' to net 17-minute hattrick in season finale

Jamie-Lee Napier, London City Lionesses

Jamie-Lee Napier emerged from the bench with a beaming smile.

The final whistle had just sounded at Princes Park, with London City Lionesses running away with a 9-0 win over Coventry United, and the wide forward's first order of business was to collect her match ball.

"It's always good to score early on because it sets the tone for the match," the Scotland international told reporters shortly after full-time. "It was nice for me to personally get the first goal and follow through with my hattrick. I'm buzzing."

Napier, selected as the SETL Player of the Match, was a thorn in the side of Coventry United all afternoon, using her pace and skill down the left flank to wreak havoc.

The 23-year-old broke the deadlock early, sliding into the penalty area to flick the ball beyond the reach of Eleanor Heeps.

She doubled down just four minutes later, cutting inside from the wing and whipping a shot into the opposite top corner.

Napier's third strike of the afternoon felt similarly unstoppable, with Amy Rodgers providing the assist from midfield.

But which strike was her favourite?

"The second one," Napier said when asked to pick her favourite goal of the afternoon. "I've been working on it all year but it hasn't really come off. I'm just glad that I kept working on it and that it's paid off."

While Napier will take the plaudits from London City's 9-0 masterclass, she was keen to underline the team effort that saw the Lionesses prevail.

"I think today showed the depth and quality that we have, with the substitutes coming on and making an impact. If we can keep that going into next year, we should be able to challenge again," she added.

"I just love playing here. We have such a close bond on and off the pitch, including the coaching staff, When you're a kid, it's all about having fun. So, it's great to be able to have so much fun as part of this group. It's a cool situation to be in.

"For me personally, I want to keep improve each year and training session. I've enjoyed every minute of my football this year and that's just a credit to everyone around me."

With a hattrick in her final appearance of the season, Napier certainly finished the year on a high.



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