Whelan: First Goal - Now For A First Start

Forward Aileen Whelan is targeting a place in the starting line-up after scoring her first goal in Everton colours in the 4-0 win over Watford Ladies.

The new signing stepped off the bench to net a stunning second for the Blue Girls at Goodison Park on Sunday, with Olivia Chance and Simone Magill completing the rout after Georgia Brougham’s first-half opener.

Whelan caught the eye with her display, having come on for Claudia Walker at the break. And with Everton needing a point at London Bees on Saturday to wrap up the Spring Series 2 title, the recent recruit from Notts County is looking to force her way into the starting XI.

“It was fantastic to score my first goal for Everton, especially at Goodison Park,” Whelan told evertonfc.com. “It is a great feeling to finally get on the scoresheet. I’ve just been working as hard as I can, getting as many minutes under my belt as possible and doing what I can. So to get off the mark is a brilliant.

“I’m quite pleased with the goal. I’ve found a bit of space and things have opened up for me. I’ve seen the goal and the keeper’s position and had a go. Thankfully it has gone in.

“I am feeling fit and ready to go. I had a long pre-season at Notts and to get 45 minutes under my belt on Sunday has been a big help in terms of getting my match sharpness up to scratch.

“I know that any time I come off the bench I have to try to make an impact, so to do that against Watford was great. I have come here to play and to play 90 minutes. I want to give the gaffer a headache for Saturday.”

Andy Spence’s side need just a point at London Bees to secure the Spring Series title, but Whelan has warned the Blue Girls must treat the fixture like any other and remain at their ruthless best.

“We have to go out and play for a win,” she added. “Every time you go out on the pitch you want to get the three points so on Saturday against London Bees, while we know a draw will do, we will going all out to win the game.

“The mood in the camp is really good. We have just won at Goodison so everyone is hyped after that and confidence is up. We are looking forward to Saturday.”  

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