Chris Church | Our resilience and spirit got us the result

24th March
Chris Church v Wrexham

Swansea City Women’s interim head coach Chris Church praised the resilience and spirit of his side after Ellie Lake’s dramatic late goal secured three vital points and a 3-2 victory over Wrexham at the Racecourse.

In front of a crowd of just over 2,000, Wrexham took the lead through Lili Jones’ long-range effort after 25 minutes.

Robyn Pinder equalised before the break after being brought down in the box and stepping up to convert from 12 yards.

Monet Legall gave the Swans the lead early in the second half thanks to a stunning effort from the edge of the box, but Rosie Hughes looked to have denied the visitors all three points when she headed home an equaliser with 10 minutes to play.

However, deep into added time, Lake would find the winner as her cross caught out Wrexham keeper Del Morgan and nestled in the bottom-left corner of the net.

Church was delighted with how Swansea responded to the setback of conceding an equaliser, and feels the win could prove crucial for them in the final analysis.

“In the context of the season, that is a massive result for us,” said Church.

“You could see what it meant to the players, we were battered and bruised, patching players up at times, players had to change positions more than once.

“The resilience of this team, the character, I can’t fault it at all. When we were pegged back to 2-2, we kept fighting and found a way and that is the sign of a good team.

“We talked about the spirit and desire needed before the game and you could see that, and I’m really proud of them.

“We knew we had to get the late goal, we knew we had to win to stand any chance of winning this league, we know how it tough it is and that Cardiff are looking to pull away.

“I’m so pleased for Monet, she has worked really hard, so to come here in front of a crowd and pull off a performance like that and score a goal like that is tremendous.

“Ellie [Lake] clearly loves scoring at big grounds after scoring at the Stadium earlier in the season, it’s a huge moment from her and I’m really proud of her.

“We asked her to add goals to her game and she’s clearly added the crucial ones at the right time, she has a knack for it and hopefully that continues.

“The home crowd clearly spurred them on, they made it so hard for us.

“I want to thank all of the fans that made the long trip to support us, it clearly meant a lot to our players to have the supporters here.”