It’s ‘a dream come true’ for matchwinner Maya Vio as Spurs Ladies secure cup double
Maya Vio says it is “a dream come true” for Spurs Ladies to lift their second trophy of the season, having scored the dramatic extra-time winner in Sunday’s FA Women’s Premier League Cup final.
Tottenham took the lead through Bianca Baptiste and, although Cardiff City equalised right at the end of the first half and eventually took the clash past 90 minutes, Vio headed home in the 120th minute to secure a 2-1 victory as the Lilywhites won the national competition.
It means Karen Hills’ side have won two of their three cup finals in the last month, having previously lifted the Ryman Cup – the team’s first trophy for four years - before losing to Charlton Athletic in their duel for the Capital Women’s Cup.
Matchwinner Vio said: “I can’t even describe the feeling, I couldn’t believe it happened, but it was a team effort – every single person on the pitch played so well.
“I didn’t even know how I got that header - I thought I was really tiny on the pitch. I didn’t even see it! Everyone was just jumping and so happy.
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“It was a dream come true for all of us. I’m so proud of everyone at the club, and I think we made the club really proud so I’m very happy.
“It’s such a family club. I literally chose my university around this team. I didn’t want to leave the team so I chose a uni choice in London – it means so much to me to stay with this team and be a part of it.
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“It doesn’t just feel like a team, it feels like you’re playing with your best friends. It’s a family environment, you know they’re there for you – we see each other four times a week and we’ll still ask each other on a Friday night to spend time together. There’s just so much love in the team.
“We play really good football. I still think we need to get the ball in the net a lot more, but we’ll just carry on doing what we’re good at, and there’ll be players stepping up like Nells [Ronnell Humes] - she was the one that delivered the ball to me that proved to be the winner.
“There’ll be players coming up and they’ll look up to the older players and hopefully we’ll do better in the league [next season] and obviously go on a few good cup runs again.”
Midfielder Josie Green, who only joined Spurs in February, added: “It just shows what a great club I’ve come into, and credit to the staff as well for welcoming me.
“It just shows what great work goes on, not only between us girls but behind the scenes as well. I can’t wait for next season already and hopefully getting some more silverware.
“All the girls work so hard for each other. Especially towards the end of the game that showed, because we had to go into extra-time - you could see our work-rate, working for each other. Even the girls that came on as well, credit to them, they were amazing how they put the effort in. I just can’t believe it.
“It’s been a long journey to get here, especially after our second cup final [a 3-0 defeat to Charlton]. Credit to Cardiff - they did well - but it feels amazing and we couldn’t be happier.”