Spacey-Cale: We grew into the game

By SFC Media time Mon 16 Aug Saints vs MK Dons
Photo by Isabelle Field | Marieanne Spacey-Cale

Southampton FC Women’s manager Marieanne Spacey-Cale hailed her side’s hard work after a 3-1 win over MK Dons ensured a successful start to the National League Southern Premier season.

Goals from Ella Pusey and a Lucia Kendall double helped Saints to a 3-1 win at Snows Stadium on Sunday as life in Tier 3 began.

Kendall opened the scoring on 30 minutes, before adding a second just seven minutes later.

A third and decisive third came in the 68th minute through Ella Pusey before Mollie Coupar added a consolation from the spot for the Dons.

“There’s always that anticipation with the first game of the season,” said Spacey-Cale, “we went into the game a bit cagey to start with.

“As the game grew so did we, so I was really pleased with the win. Three really good goals for different reasons showcasing different ways in which we can play. I think the girls worked really hard to ensure we got the three points.”

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 15: Marieanne Spacey-Cale during the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier match between Southampton Women's and MK Dons Ladies at Snow's Stadium on August 15, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Marieanne Spacey-Cale at Snows Stadium.

“That second goal showed that Kayla [Rendell]’s delivery is an absolute weapon for us, but more pleasing was her recognising when to play that ball. Her recognition to see the run and see Lucia [Kendall] was really key.

“Lucia now into her second season is really confident. The England call-up has really helped in terms of her belief in herself and we’re getting some real rewards from that.

“She trains well and she’s a great person to have around the group. She has all the attributes you want from a player of an older age but she has them so young. We just hope she continues her development."

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