This Women’s Football Weekend see’s London City back home to Princes Park, to take on Sheffield United Women.
For the Lionesses, the wind will be in their sails, following an impressive 2-0 victory away from home against Sunderland Ladies.
Speaking on the match, manager Melissa Phillips was keen to emphasise the strong performance of the team in both of the away fixtures.
“It's a difficult stretch to go away to Durham and then to Sunderland in back-to-back weekends, but I think in both matches we performed incredibly well, and we were able to execute things that we had been working on in the week's training leading into the matches.
“We were unfortunate not to get at least a point out of the Durham game, but we then went and gave another really resilient performance against Sunderland. Ultimately we were able to convert our chances and come away with three points.”
Indeed, some credit for securing those three points has to go to scorer of the first goal, Carly Girasoli, who was able to bag her first for the Lionesses.
“Carly has been knocking on the frame of the goal all season long and credit to her scoring her first goal with her feet, rather than her head,” remarked Phillips, “incredibly well deserved and from a set piece that we had spent some time on in training.
“That is the tale of the team, its goals by committee through the way that we play. Everyone gets a look in and an opportunity because everyone's incredibly capable of scoring goals.”
Having the weapon of set plays in their arsenal is going to be crucial when the Lionesses take on Sheffield United this weekend. Despite a somewhat patchy run of form, Phillips is well aware of the danger the team possesses.
“Sheffield United are an incredibly organized opposition, so we always expect an incredibly tough game when we play against them.
“They've got a strong identity, and they don't concede a lot of goals. So we know we'll have our work cut out for us in terms of creating and being dangerous in the final third while having to manage some of their threats as well.
“They’ve got promising young goal scorer in Lucy Watson, so we'll have to be very sharp and very diligent with our game plan.”
But of course, this weekend will have a different feel to it, with the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend finally arriving.
“Women's football weekend is great, '' said Phillips, “The more exposure the better. We’ve seen that with the WSL and the TV deals that they have and being able to watch live on the weekend.
“I think that's the direction that the championship is moving as well, with the FA Player and live games. So, it’s great to allow fans, friends and family to be able to watch from afar if they're not able to join us at Prince's Park this weekend.”
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