20. Daisy Monaghan
Getting to know . . . Daisy Monaghan
Daisy is an energetic midfielder who we have high hopes for the future. She has been one of the success stories from last years reserve team set up, having now cemented her place in the 1st team squad set up. She is committed, hungry to learn, and has good qualities that give her great potential for the future at the club.
Do you have any pre-match routines or superstitions…?
No not really, but I suppose I try to drink a lot of water before games
What is your favourite part of match days…?
I think my favourite part of match days is when we come back in from the warm up and everyone is getting ready to go back out and getting up for the game.
If you could have 1 attribute of a teammate, what would it be…?
To be able to score goals for fun like Kit
Biggest moaner and worst loser…?
There is a few in the team so I couldn’t really name one, I think we’re all guilty of it
A funny moment since you’ve been at the club…?
There’s been a lot but I would say one that sticks out and was probably funnier at the time would be at under 16s. Saliha and Kiera were mucking around throwing grapes around the changing room when Kiera runs across the room and slips on one, with those two there was always something to laugh about.
You’ve been at the club for 6 Years, what’s been your biggest achievement so far?
I would have to say winning the reserve league in my first season of women’s football or winning the Capital Intermediate Cup last year with the reserves
How have things changed since you first joined the club, and how did you find the transition from girls to senior football?
I’ve been coached by a few different coaches since I’ve been at the club who have all helped me progress as a player. The biggest change is the pace of senior football, it was a huge change in pace going from under 16s to reserves but I think the difference in pace of reserve and first team football is bigger. This has been biggest change for me because you have to know what you’re going to do with the ball and have a picture before you even get it, you don’t usually have time to look around.
I think there is more opportunities for younger players and that’s down to the coaches pushing players on when they are ready and giving them a chance
Best thing about the club?
The best thing is the togetherness and support throughout the club, as if it’s a family.
As a player, what are your best attributes and what are your goals for this season and beyond?
I think my best attributes are my work rate, my awareness on the ball and my reading of the game. My goals for this season are to get as much experience and game time as I can with the team and then push on from there. Also, to try an add goals to my game.
What advice would you give the younger girls in the club, and young girls across the country who want to develop from girls to senior football at a high level?
Work hard, listen to your coaches and be committed to what you do. Also, to enjoy playing because it will make you want to work harder and will make you feel better when you get your chances to progress.