England Women’s U19 captain Sherry McCue spoke of her pride at reaching Euro Final
England 4-0 Finland
UEFA European Women's U19 Championship Finals
7pm, Wednesday 28 August 2013
Richmond Park, Carmarthen
England captain Sherry McCue expressed delight at reaching the UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship Final after her side blew Finland away on Wednesday.
Two goals from Beth Mead and a Paige Williams penalty put Mo Marley’s side 3-0 up at the break and Jess Sigsworth sealed the win with a fourth midway through the second half.
The emphatic victory has booked a showdown against France, with whom England drew 0-0 in the group stage, in Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday (KO 3pm).
It also continues a run of clean sheets which stretches back to April.
Aston Villa midfielder McCue said: “It feels amazing. All the hard work and preparation we’ve done has obviously paid off.
“It was a top-class performance. As the first half went on we got better and better and the three goals set us up nicely for the second half.
“We defend from the front and I thought we were brilliant all over the pitch. We all contribute to keeping clean sheets and to keep six clean sheets in a row is credit to us all.”
McCue is now gearing up for one last push and she has recent experience of playing in a Final, having helped Villa win The FA Women’s Premier League Cup in May.
But with the armband on her sleeve, victory at the weekend would surely surpass that.
She added: “It’s a great honour to lead my country in a friendly never mind a European Championship Final so it will be a real honour for me. I’ll be very, very privileged.
“Confidence is high at the minute. We’ve still got a lot of work to do but I’m really proud to have got to the Final.
“Hopefully we can pull off a good result on Saturday.”