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Cyncoed Ladies' 2-0 victory over Abergavenny Women in the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League on Sunday saw young striker Millie Jones make a great start to her career in senior women's football.
15-year-old Millie scored the opening goal on her debut and as well as helping the Mighty Oaks to victory, she was the winner of the league's Player of the Week award.
In a special edition of our weekly feature, we talked to Millie about her big day and her hopes for the future as she steps out into the women's game:
WSS: Well done on a great start to your career on Sunday, how much did you enjoy your debut in senior women's football?
MJ: As it was my first seniors game, I was both nervous and excited of what to expect.
WSS: How long did it take you to adjust to the game, was the pace quicker than you expected?
MJ: In the first 15 to 20 minutes I was surprised at the pace of the game, but soon adjusted to it and I really enjoyed the rest of the game.
WSS: What do you remember about the goal that you scored?
MJ: I can remember getting a through ball and being one-on-one with the goalkeeper and taking the ball around her and scoring.
WSS: The 2-0 result was a good one for Cyncoed, how well did the team play on the day?
MJ: I believe the whole team put 110% effort into the game and stepped up to any challenge on the day.
WSS: What is your background before moving up to senior football, which girls team did you play for and how did you get the chance to join Cyncoed?
MJ: I started playing football at eight years of age for Aber Aces girls football team (Abertwssog) until we merged with Tredegar Girls FC at age 14. Throughout this time I was also playing for Gwent development squad (player pathway) for seven years and also the Welsh regional squad for two years. I also played county football for one season and also my school at Cwm Rhymni and won the semi finals up Oswestry, North Wales. My position is a striker, I have played up front for eight years. I got offered an opportunity to train with Cyncoed last February when I was just turning 15, and have stayed training with them in the hope to sign for them, as I have really enjoyed being with them as a team. I said yes as soon as I was asked! I would also like to give a special mention to my twin sister Maisie, who is a goalkeeper, who gave me the love of football - we have been together all these years, through all the football training until now that I have signed for Cyncoed.
WSS: What is the standard of the girls game there right now, can you see a lot of other young players making the breakthrough to the senior game?
MJ: I feel the standards are very high and we are expected to give 110% in each training session and games. After playing with Tredegar and against other teams in our league, I feel that the quality of players could go through and make it to the senior game - there are a lot of talented players.
WSS: Do you have any personal ambitions in the women's game in the future, and do you have any favourites or heroes amongst the women players?
MJ: Firstly, I would like to play football for as long as I can, and hopefully have a career in football playing or other avenues in football. Alex Morgan, as she inspires me, and amongst others from our own country, Natasha Harding, Jess Fishlock, Sophie Ingle, Millie Bright and loads of other very talented players.
WSS: This week you have the chance to play Abergavenny again in your return meeting, how much are you looking forward to this game?
MJ: Nervous and excited again, and hope I can perform as well as I did in the first game with the seniors.
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