Goalscorer Georgia Heasman described the feeling of scoring Fulham Women’s first goal at Craven Cottage in more than two decades as ‘incredible’.
The winger produced a fine finish after fabulous footwork from Helen Ogle unlocked the AFC Wimbledon defence on the stroke of half-time and generated a noise not heard in the Johnny Haynes Stand for sometime. She told us after the final whistle:
“Honestly, I can’t put it into words at the moment! It was obviously incredible. The crowd went crazy! I’m so thankful to Ogie, to be honest. It was such a great ball, she put it right on a plate for me and I felt I like couldn’t miss. I just slotted it into the corner.”
Fulham pushed the Dons, who are pushing for promotion from the division above their hosts, all the way and Heasman believes there are plenty of positives despite Steve Jaye’s side exiting the Capital Cup at the second round stage.
“I think we went toe to toe with them, to be honest, and showed that we can compete at that level. We were toe to toe them for half an hour in the second half and end of the first half. I think they took their chances and we didn’t. It was an amazing experience and one that I won’t forget anytime soon.”
Perhaps the biggest plus point from a special afternoon was the fact that Fulham, currently in the fifth tier, played in front of more than 3,000 spectators. Heasman reiterated that showing young girls that the game was theirs too was a key goal for her team-mates:
“We saw how many young girls were here. It was just incredible. We heard them all, we’re so thankful that they all came. This was something that we wanted to do. We wanted to grow the women’s game, show that we can compete and what an amazing place to do it!”
The Whites resume their league campaign at Millwall next Sunday, in a 2.30pm kick off at St. Paul’s Ground and return to Motspur Park to take on Dulwich Hamlet on Sunday 4 December. You can get your tickets for that fixture here.