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An interview with...Maisie McDonnell (Solihull Moors)
 Women's Football WNL Division 1 Midlands News - 31 Oct 2020
 
WNL Division 1 Midlands News - An interview with...Maisie McDonnell (Solihull Moors) - 31 Oct 2020 - Women's Football NewsAfter struggling at the bottom end of the table in recent times, Solihull Moors have started the season well and their 5-0 victory over Bedworth Utd on Sunday has taken them into fourth place in the FAWNL Midlands Division One table.
 
Moors midfielder Maisie McDonnell told us she was delighted with the team's display in beating Bedworth and is looking forward to a brighter future for the club:
 
WSS: Well played on Sunday and a fine win for you, was the result a good indication of the way the team played?
MM: Yes definitely, I think we looked at our weaknesses from the week before and addressed them in the two training sessions within the week. We respected Bedworth as they are a good side in this league and have a game plan which they execute well, however we highlighted their strengths and acted upon them and it just shows how we delivered our game plan and executed it very well in order to achieve the result we did.
 
WSS: Was the first goal particularly important, coming as it did just before half time?
MM: Yeah massively! I think any team wants to go into the half time break being the winning side and we did exactly that which, as a team, lifted the spirits just before that half time whistle and highlighted to us girls that we were off the mark and there was plenty more goals in the game, which there certainly was as we can all see from the full time scoreline.
 
WSS: Leah Seivwright is on fire right now, with a hat-trick against Bedworth, and she is the joint leading scorer in the division. How big a boost to the team is it to have such a big goal threat up front?
MM: Leah is absolute class, the quality she provides in the final third is absolutely top level and as a midfielder you know that if the delivery is there, she will provide that end product and having that confidence in those areas lifts the confidence through the team massively. On a personal level I can confirm that Leah is definitely one of the best forwards I have played with during my football career and I'm sure she doesn't stop there she has so much more in her locker this season!
 
WSS: The team has been struggling near the foot of the table in recent seasons but have made a great start this time around. What has changed since last season came to an end, how much have the new players helped?
MM: Moors have been in a difficult situation in recent seasons struggling at the foot of the table and even last season was a struggle for us fighting in a relegation battle, however I think situations like this pull you together as a team and makes Moors who we are. However since last season, this team has come on leaps and bounds as a whole on and off the pitch. As a team we cannot thank the club enough for providing the facilities which we have in order to better us girls as a whole. In addition to this, the coaching staff week in week out delivering top class training sessions providing constant development to us girls as a team and finally, David Healey along with the other coaching staff, undergoing a rebuilding period of recruiting a few players pre season which has impacted this team massively! Considering how much of a new team we are, it just shows that we are no longer Solihull Moors fighting for relegation, we are now Solihull Moors fighting for the upper half of the table.
 
WSS: Another clean sheet on Sunday and apart from the Wolves game, your defensive record is very good overall. Does that give as much satisfaction as scoring five goals?
MM: Oh yes of course, keeping a clean sheet is just as important as scoring goals. With only conceding two goals in our league games apart from the Wolves game highlights how far we have come as a team and shows how the strengths are not concentrated in one area of this team - we are consistent in quality throughout and this is important as football is a game of eleven players, so all these strengths combined highlights the potential that we have this season. It also provides huge confidence to our goalkeeper as keeping a clean sheet is not easy, especially in the National League where the standard and quality is top level.
 
WSS: This week it's the FA Cup and you face familiar opponents in Sporting Khalsa. The game looks to be close on paper, and you drew when you met in the league this season, so are you expecting another tight game?
MM: Yeah, Sporting Khalsa this weekend in such a competitive cup tie and I'm sure both teams have everything to play for. When we played Khalsa a couple weeks back it was only our fourth game playing together as a team, therefore I think we were still getting to know each other's playing style. With hard work in training which has been put in since then and the positive results we have had the previous two weeks, I think we are more than prepared and we will give everything we have in that game because the FA Cup is such a privileged opportunity and it is a chance for any team to prove a point. However I believe Khalsa will be more than ready for it too so we have to go into the game and give our everything as a team and hopefully this time the game doesn't go to penalties as I believe even though we have more than enough quality to be successful in penalties, I believe we can finish the
game before that will be necessary.
 
WSS: Looking ahead, how confident are you of building on your good start and staying amongst the top teams?
MM: Looking into the rest of this season, I am confident that we can be consistent and keep providing results. It will be difficult as there is some quality sides and every team in this league deserves where they currently are, however with the rebuild and the constant development this side is experiencing, I believe we will keep providing results and will most definitely be finishing in the upper half of the table this season. We won't win the league and we all know that as our journey for that achievement has only just started, however I am confident we will finish the upper half of the table this season. Bring it on!
 
Our thanks to Maisie!
 
Photo by Luke Turner

 
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