London City Lionesses produced a determined defensive performance to defeat Southampton at Princes Park on Sunday [22 October].
The Pride held firm in the face of repeated waves of pressure from the away side, with captain Lois Joel scoring the afternoon’s only goal from distance in the 29th minute.
Speaking after the match, head coach Carolina Morace hailed her squad’s resolve in a complete team performance on home soil.
“I am very proud of my players because they gave everything for the team and played with a lot of energy, so I’m very proud of them,” explained the Italian.
“Everybody fought in the right way and we had very strong performances from many players – Paige Culver was solid and anticipated danger many times. She was one of the last players to arrive and it is always hard to adapt to a new country, but she played very well today.
“Lois scored a wonderful goal, having the instinct to see the goalkeeper away from her line and score from far out. It was beautiful.”
Southampton started the match on the front foot and quickly demonstrated why they opened the afternoon at the top of the division.
However, the London City backline stood firm in the face of sustained pressure, limiting the Saints to less than a handful of clear-cut chances.
Connie Scofield buzzed around central midfield, providing an all-action effort alongside Joel, who was keen to praise her teammate at full-time.
“I love playing with Connie,” the 24-year-old said when asked about their partnership.
“We’re lucky that we have a good relationship where we can shout at each other and be fine. Her energy is what makes her such a great player – we had to rein her in a little bit in the second-half – and we all love having her on the team.”
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