Following two excellent performances against Scottish Premier League 2 outfit Stirling University WFC last week, Jersey FA senior women’s manager Chad Morris was left full of pride in his team’s displays.
Both fixtures, one played on grass and another on an artificial surface, provided a stern test for the Island side against strong opponents; however, a massive effort from every player ensured both games were competitive and evenly contested.
“As always with this squad of players, you know the pride they have in pulling on the Jersey shirt,” said manager Morris.
“That showed in the first game with a gritty defensive performance where the team were compact and it was very difficult for Stirling to break down without us making too many chances at the opposite end.
“In the second match, the women played with the same defensive mentality but we added in what we learned from the first game. As a result, we had a lot more going forward, making half a dozen decent chances with six or more final-third entries.”
Whilst on the trip between both fixtures, Jersey’s senior women’s side also had the opportunity to visit East End Park, the home stadium of Scottish Championship side Dunfermline. There, they were treated to a guided tour and motivational talk from former Pars manager and club legend, Jim Leishman.
“The improvement from the start of the first game to the final whistle of the second game was massive and the players can take huge credit for that,” added Morris.
“The performances overall were such a standard that the Stirling coach commented that his players couldn’t believe that our team didn’t play together regularly. That pat on the back must go to the players, rising to the challenge and should all be very proud of themselves.
“The whole trip has been a great opportunity following the best part of two years without a game,” Chad concluded. “I must say a big thank you to Jonathan Le Fondre at the Jersey FA for organising the trip as well as our CEO, David Kennedy, for arranging a visit to his old club, Dunfermline FC.”