Pools Women’s Team boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes revealed his huge pride after seeing his players turn in a classy performance to thrash Wallsend 7-1 at The Super 6 Stadium on Sunday.
Skipper Justine Robinson led the way with an astonishing four-goal haul, while Jenni Duffy-Smith, Sarah Rowbotham and Lottie Portas well all also on target during the rout.
And Gibbon-Hayes admitted that the experience of playing at the First Team stadium is one he and the players will never forget and hopes the near-300 fans in attendance enjoyed what they saw.
“It was a great occasion, there was a massive crowd and I said to the girls that this was their chance to be like a professional footballer and they embraced that,” he told Pools PlayerHD.
“Hopefully we changed a few people’s perceptions about the football that we play and 7-1 was a great result but it could have been a few more.
“Maybe people think that women’s football isn’t very good but I see their talent every week in training and I wanted them to go and show the people in the crowd what they can do.
“Some of the football at times was different class and you could see the crowd clapping and cheering – the girls just loved it.
“I am a big Pools fan and, for me, this meant a lot. I felt quite emotional at the start but to coach Hartlepool United in this stadium – it was unbelievable, just unbelievable.”
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