Megan Finnigan grew up watching Jill Scott patrolling the Everton midfield as a youngster – but is now hoping to nullify the England international on Saturday.
Scott spent seven years at the Toffees before leaving for Manchester City in 2013, and will almost certainly be in the Citizens squad for their trip to the Select Security Stadium, providing she overcomes the knock that saw her withdrawn in the first half of their Champions League win over St Polten on Wednesday.
Should Scott feature, it could very well be Finnigan’s job to keep her quiet, with the 19-year-old featuring in central midfield in both of the Blue Girls’ opening WSL 1 fixtures so far.
But that is a challenge the youngster is relishing. “Jill is a very established player, first at Everton before going to City, and, of course, with England as well,” said Finnigan.
“She is very physical, tall and an aerial threat. But coming up against her, I would like to think I can match her physically. It will be a good test and one I am excited for.
“It’s the kind of battle I relish. I like to be challenged and Jill is a very experienced player and one who is very clever in what she does. It will be hard but hopefully I can test her.”
Everton have yet to pick up their first points of the campaign after defeats to Liverpool and Birmingham. City, on the other hand, have kicked off their season in fine style, recording league wins over Yeovil Town and Arsenal and a healthy 3-0 advantage going into next week’s Champions League second-leg against Austrian champions St Polten.
But Finnigan insists the Toffees are up for the challenge of pitting their wits against a side among the favourites to land the WSL 1 title.
“These are the kind of games you want to be playing in,” she added. “City are previous winners in this league and we want to be playing against the top sides and proving our worth. Everyone is really excited.
“We competed well in pre-season against the likes of Arsenal and in particular Chelsea. It shows that we are not just looking to play 90 minutes of football – we are out to get a result.
“We know that City will be similar to Arsenal and Chelsea in terms of the quality that they have, but we will be looking to take our game to them.”