Houghton can't hide pride
Great Britain 1-0 New Zealand
London 2012 Women's Football
4pm, Wednesday 25 July 2012
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Live on BBC1
Stephanie Houghton admitted it was 'something special' to score the goal that sparked the London 2012 Olympic Games into life and get Team GB Women's side off to a winning start.
Arsenal ace Houghton scored the only goal of the game with a free-kick midway through the second half to beat New Zealand in Cardiff, and the Wearsider could not hide her pride afterwards.
She said: “It was something special and I'm sure my family are really proud. I don't think it will sink in for a while. I'm just glad it got us the win.”
Getting off to the perfect start nicely sets up Hope Powell's side for their clash with Cameroon on Saturday, and Houghton added: "It was brilliant. We needed three points and we got them. We worked very hard as a team under hard conditions."
New Zealand were dominant in the opening period before GB played their way back into the game and squandered a number of first-half chances, as skipper Casey Stoney admitted afterwards: "We rode our luck for the first ten minutes.
But she added: “The atmosphere was fantastic. I've never experienced anything like it before. We've just got to repeat this performance to get another three points on Saturday against Cameroon."