AMY MCDONALD was happy to win three points against Stirling University today but insisted there’s still work to be done.
Goals from Carla Boyce, Chantelle Brown, Jade Gallon and Shivohn Honeyman gave the Gers a 4-1 win at Benburb this afternoon.
Despite the win, McDonald wanted more from her players, but was happy with the contribution of the youth players who featured in the game.
She said: “We got the goal so early on and you’d expect to go on and put the game to bed a bit earlier, but we probably went on to get a bit complacent.
“I think that Stirling scored from their only shot of the first half, which is something that we need to improve on.
“The girls showed great character and the great thing for me today was that we had three youth players come on and they’ve gone on to show that they have ability too, and can push for a place in the team.
“I thought that Chloe Nicholson was exceptional when she came on, Shivhon (Honeyman) then scored and I thought Rosie McQuillan showed a calmness on the ball too.
“Overall we need to take the three points, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Honeyman, Rosie McQuillan and Chloe Nicholson were all called up from the Youth Academy and McDonald said after the match that blooding the young players is vital moving forward.
“I think that it’s key for us now and these players need to start transitioning and pushing for a start.
“They are training with the first team now, with some only up on one night for balance, but some are up two nights so it makes it easier when we need them.
“We get to know them and they get to know how we want to play, what we want to do. The youth academy is key for us as we move forward.”
There is a free weekend for the Gers coming up, but then it’s straight back in to action with two games in a week against Forfar Farmington away on Wednesday 15 May and then Hibs at home on Sunday May 19.
McDonald continued: “We need to focus on Forfar now, it’s a game that we want to go pick up points and they will be looking to pick up points too, then we go in to the game against Hibs knowing that it will be difficult because of the quality that they have.
“If we can show consistently across ninety minutes the quality that we have, which we frustratingly haven’t done so far this season, then we will give any team a run for their money.
“We need to start to be able to compete against the top teams.”