Cain Delighted With Sheffield's 4-0 Win Against Watford
Sheffield FC Ladies ran out 4-0 winners against Watford at the Home of Football to record their best league win this season on Ellie Gilliatt’s 200th appearance for the club.
Goals before the break from Beth Donoghue, Hannah Cain, and an Emma Johnson penalty put Zoe Johnson’s side in full control. The Hornet's keeper Fran Kitching kept the score down, but Rhema Lord-Mears added a fourth 15 minutes before the end to seal the points.
The win sees Sheffield climb to seventh place in FA WSL 2, while Watford remain bottom of the table.
Sheffield FC’s Hannah Cain, back in the side after being away with England WU19s in Slovakia, said: “It’s always good to be back, and I’ve been looking forward to it. We had a solid performance too today, so all round we’re very happy."
“It’s great to get another win - it’s a happy camp and not conceding is a big thing too. It’s always disappointing to get the goals and lose or concede late on, but we kept hold of it better today, and we’re all really happy with that.”
Watford forward and Welsh international, Helen Ward. said: “It was a frustrating afternoon for us - it’s been a frustrating season. We’ve got a very young group of players out there who are working hard, but we’re making little mistakes that you can only get with experience."
“We’ll keep going, we’ll keep training, and hopefully we can get something out of our next couple of games. We didn’t organise ourselves well enough at times in the first half - I was playing a bit deeper than usual, and I didn’t execute my role as well as I should have done."
“It’s a hard situation and as an experienced player I’ve got to keep everybody going. The girls work hard and I can’t fault their effort, but coming into this situation is difficult as it’s a big step up from development football to league level. Individually they are fantastic players but that gap is getting bigger, and we’re coming up against teams who have been together a long time."
“That standard is always improving but we’ll keep going and we have to keep our heads high and I’m sure something will come for us.”
Sheffield are back in action this coming Sunday as the squad meets Tottenham Hotspur away, and if the first meeting is anything to go by, it should be another great game. Sheffield won 4-3 in a dramatic match with nine players against Spurs' ten after three sendings off, including Cain.
“Our emphasis is on having a good run," said Cain. "We’ve got a lot of games in hand and if we perform like we did today then I don’t think we’ll have a problem. With the league as it is [so many stops and starts with fixtures], it’s not been ideal but a lot of teams are in the same situation."
“The league is so close you never know if you’re going to win or lose. Sometimes you have a good run and sometimes it just doesn’t happen for us, but after every game we review it and work on the stuff we haven’t been doing as well."
The match this Sunday 22 April kicks off at 1pm at Cheshunt FC. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.