Katy Hosford | To get a goal on that pitch means the world to me
Lifelong Swans fan Katy Hosford fulfilled a childhood dream when she scored the opening goal in Swansea City Ladies' 2-0 win over Cardiff Met Women at the Swansea.com Stadium on Sunday.
The winger – who was voted Swans Ladies' player of the year last season – opened her goal scoring account for the 2022-23 season in fine style when she turned away from her marker and shot left-footed beyond visiting keeper Ameilia Forkings in front of over 1,400 fans.
The record-breaking crowd – which was more than double the previous highest attendance for a domestic women’s game in Wales – were also treated to a brilliant solo goal by Stacey John-Davis as Swansea City Ladies claimed an important victory on an historic opening day in the Genero Adran Premier.
“Everyone’s buzzing, who wouldn’t be after playing at the Swansea.com Stadium, winning by two goals and getting a clean sheet,” said Hosford.
“I’ve grown up supporting the Swans and I am always coming down to watch them. To get a goal on that pitch means the world to me and my family. I’m over the moon with that.
“We weren’t expecting so many people to come out and support us. We want to just keep improving that and grow the female game in Wales.”
Met were Swans’ closest rivals for the Welsh league title last term and Hosford was delighted to get off to a winning start against difficult opposition.
“It’s the first game of the season after a tough Champions League campaign, you can’t get much better than that really, especially with the crowd that turned out,” she said of the victory.
“It means the world to all of us and we’re really happy to get the three points.
“Starting the season off with three points is really positive. We can just hope to keep going and going, and get another three points next week.”