Marieanne Spacey-Cale described her young side as 'excellent' following their 5-4 penalty shootout success over Yeovil Town in the Women's FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.
A goal from Alisha Ware in the 62nd minute looked to have secured Saints’ third-round berth, but with seconds remaining, Yeovil equalised sending the game to extra-time.
Following a tough extra half-an-hour, Spacey-Cale’s side were nothing short of clinical in the proceeding penalty shootout, scoring all five of their spot-kicks - securing a second victory over the Glovers in the space of seven days.
“It was a real game,” Spacey-Cale said. “Just when you think we’re there they came out with a really good goal. Another period of extra time.
“These girls continue to amaze me. It was excellent. This was a new venture for us in terms of this game. Not been to penalties before. I just thought their attitude, their intent, and their technique for those penalties was immense."
As a result, Saints have set-up a third round tie with Cardiff City Women, who sit in the same division as Yeovil - eclipsing last year's FA Cup run, where they were knocked out by MK Dons.
“We like the games that challenge us. We want to be challenging, we want to make sure when we step out in the next round we’ll challenge again.
"We’re in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup which is further than we went last season. So we’re breaking new territory.
"It's a young squad, a young side, but we’re growing with experience, we’re growing with maturity too.”