Norwich City Women’s manager Shaun Howes praised the style of football his team produced in the Norfolk County FA Harrod Sport Cup final as the Canaries lifted the trophy with a 7-0 victory over Mulbarton Ladies.
“I thought it was an excellent performance,” said Howes. “The players have shown the desire and determination all the way through this competition to succeed.
“We know with any cup competition the favourites don’t always win it, so we had to make sure that we were focused and we took the game as professionally as possible and some of the football we played was magnificent at times. It was a thoroughly deserved win.”
The match was played in front of 180 supporters at the Norfolk County FA headquarters and was the first time, since the women’s team season had been cancelled that they team has played in front of supporters. Howes added that it was nice that the team put on such a dominate display for the fans.
“It was nice that we won it for them,” he said. “Hopefully they enjoyed it and hopefully they can see what we are trying to do and the philosophy that we are trying to play and the improvements that we are making. Hopefully, it will make people want to come and watch us more because it was an entertaining game and I thought we played some brilliant football.
“It shows that we are moving in the right direction. There is still a lot of work to do, but it has been my first season and it has been a bit stop-start, but the players have bought into a philosophy and I am really pleased that they have got a bit of recognition for what they have been doing and for their hard work.”
Kathryn Stanley took the headlines on the night as she netted a hat-trick to add two two goals from Kate Parsons and strikes from Megan Todd and Amie Durrant.
“She (Kathryn Stanley) has been magnificent all season,” added Howes. “She has had a tough time the last couple of weeks because she missed a couple of goals where she thought she should have scored, but she has been one of our best and most consistent players all season and she deserves that (the hat-trick) because she has been magnificent.
“I think we struggle without Kate (Parsons) sometimes, she is a real leader. I think what she has done for this club and what she has done for local women’s football is huge and again, she really deserves this opportunity to score two and also to keep a clean sheet and win the trophy.”