Interview: Mel Reay on friendly win

As the Lasses returned to action with a 3-1 win against Motherwell at the Academy of Light, Mel Reay gave her reaction to a positive start to pre-season.

“I thought it was a good run-out. We had some focusses that we wanted to focus solely on.

“There were some good spells and there were some rusty spells. I think there was always going to be when we haven’t played for 12 weeks in a competitive game.”

Grace Ede, Abbey Joice and Neve Herron grabbed the goals for the Lasses, and the Sunderland boss was pleased overall with the display.

“I thought first half we were really good. I thought there were some good opportunities to score and the score line could have been a lot higher.

“There was just that little bit of rustiness in that final third but we got the ball in there.

“In the second half I thought it fizzled out a little bit and fatigue started kicking in but I still think we had chances to really put the game to bed.”

Tyler Dodds made her first appearance for the club, and Reay was complimentary of the player’s start in the side.

“She’s trained well and she’s going to be a really good asset in the team.

She played down the left and the right today and again had some good opportunities in front of goal herself so I think she’ll only get better.”

With two more pre-season games coming up - the Wear-Tyne Derby on Thursday and Hibernian next Sunday – the Lasses manager discussed the build-up as pre-season takes shape.

“It’s about recovering on Tuesday and we’ll be asking a little bit more of them on Thursday.

“Every game we play we just need to keep pushing.

“We’re not ready yet but we’ve still good three and a bit weeks to go so we’ll be ready on the 21st.”

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