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Dream come true - Steph
 Women's Football News 30 Oct 2014
 
Dream come true - Steph - 30 Oct 2014 - Women's Football NewsSunderland captain Steph Bannon reflected on their successful FA WSL 2 winning campaign with enormous pride. 
 
"I don't think I can put words to exactly how we feel to be honest," she told Women's Soccer Scene following their title clinching 4-0 win over Millwall Lionesses. "We've worked so hard - it's been a long season for us from when we started training until now and it's just a dream come true for many of our players."
 
Three goals in an eight minute spell during the second half put the result beyond doubt and Steph admitted that nerves were starting to creep in. "It's always nerve wracking when you are 1-0 ahead but the second was a great header and we just pushed on [from there]," she said. "When you're four goals ahead, everybody seems to want the ball but it was a great team performance from us today, we did a professional job.
 
"Millwall weren't going to make it easy for us and they didn't - they had a few chances themselves but thankfully we managed to score and we knew exactly what we needed to do.
 
"Knowing the three forwards that we had on the pitch and the quality that we've got in the squad, you knew that at some point one of those chances was going to come off. We had a few chances and maybe it should have been two or three earlier than it was, but we got there in the end which was the main thing."
 
Looking back on the season, Steph pointed out two games which turned out to be of extra significance. "Every game has been important for us but I can look back at the Reading game when Kelly McDougall scored an equaliser in the last minute. That was a great point for us and we have to look at the away game with Watford when we were two down at half time and managed to win 4-2.
 
"These are results that have helped us get where we are now and every point is achieved for a reason and that has allowed us to do what we did today."
 
For Steph herself, reaching the top flight was extra special following a serious knee injury three years ago. "You do get a few injuries but you come back fitter and stronger and that's what I have done," she smiled. "I've won three Premier League titles and now a Super League title and hopefully I can continue to push on with this club. It's a great football club - we've got the backing of the board and the men's club have been great to us so who knows where we can end up next year."
 
Over the years, Sunderland have produced a number of England players through their ranks, who have all gone on to play for other clubs, and promotion gives them the chance to play against them as equals. "You never know, those players might come back one day!" laughs Steph. "We've have the likes of Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Lucy Bronze come through our system, great players who have gone on to do better things. "We can now compete with those players in the same league and that is a great achievement from us."

 
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