Gareth Taylor’s side successfully defended the trophy with a 3-1 victory over Everton at Wembley in the 50th edition of the tournament, as substitutes Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie struck in extra-time to snatch the win.
The holders produced a fantastic display to edge the Toffees in a tense encounter at Wembley, after the two sides had played out an enthralling 1-1 in normal time with Valérie Gauvin cancelling out Sam Mewis’ opener.
On to the reaction-
Gareth Taylor Reaction
“It means everything,” he said. “It’s a mix of emotions at the moment. It’s not sunk in my I am really proud.”
“I am fresh to this – I have not even hit double figures for games under my belt. I have been blown away by the support of the girls and their effort and application.
“(After the game), I spoke to my family. I was on the phone to my mum. I think she had been though the ringer more than I have!
“She said when she used to watch me play, she was just focused on me but she was focused on everything. It’s different.
“It was nice to share that moment on the pitch and take it all in. Sometimes, you have to savour the moment – it’s something to be really proud of.
“Desire and will got us through. It was a tough situation to be in.
“We played some really good stuff and controlled most of the game. I had been contemplating coming in at half-time at 0-0.
“We had to deal with the suckerpunch of conceding in the second period. It didn’t seem like we had mad ethe most of our dominance.
“Within 10 minutes of the second period, we had to find some resolve. I’ve been there – it’s tough when the opposition haven’t had many chances.
“Naturally, it goes through your mind that it might not be your day. I just wanted us to play our game.
“When we stuck to the principles of keeping the ball, I was confident it would come.
“I was confident of going into extra-time. If Everton had scored later in the game, it might have been different.
“We kept knowing on the door and it eventually came.
“The collective will of the team was top class.
“When we came in the dressing room, there were messages of support from home. It is strange playing in an empty stadium but we feel the supporters behind us.
“Everton supporters should be proud of them as well. They put up a great fight.
“Hopefully, we can give the fans things to be happy about.”
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