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Weir: That’s the moment I’ve been waiting for!

Weir: That’s the moment I’ve been waiting for!
Caroline Weir says her dramatic, injury-time winner against Arsenal was the moment she’s been waiting for this season.

The Scotland international’s curled effort, which snatched all three points for Gareth Taylor’s side to clinch a crucial win in the FA Women’s Super League title race, marked her first goal of the season.

The midfield maestro had impressed in her last two games, creating four assists in one game, including three in the 3-0 win at Everton, and Taylor had revealed he and his coaching staff had challenged the 25-year-old to rekindle her own goalscoring touch.

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Weir certainly rose to the challenge, netting the much-celebrated winner at the Academy Stadium and naturally, she expressed her delight after the game.

“That was my first goal this season,” she said. “I’ve been waiting a while.

“To be fair, I don’t remember too much about it! It fell right to me, I took a touch and saw a gap, and focused on hitting the target.

“Fortunately, it went in and we got the three points.

“My role is to help the team and it was nice to do that. We needed the points and we’re delighted to have come out on top in the end.

“It was key to stick to the process. We talk about that in training.


                        Weir: That’s the moment I’ve been waiting for!

“To go 1-0 down after five minutes wasn’t ideal but we stuck to what we know – the gameplan.

“The quality of the squad is there so it’s not about panicking. You have to keep your head in the game.

“In the second half, we had chances. Sometimes, our decision-making needs to be better but Arsenal made it difficult for us.

“Performances have grown as the season has gone on. You can see now how we’re trying to play and the depth of the squad means we can rotate.

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“To go unbeaten for so long is positive and we need that going forward. The league is so competitive that you have to keep performing.

“I think 2-1 was a fair result.”

Weir also took time out to share words of encouragement for former City teammate and compatriot Jen Beattie, who opened up on her battle with breast cancer earlier in the week.

The Gunners star has been bravely sharing her story to raise awareness – and Weir says she could not be more proud of her international teammate.

“She’s been amazing,” Weir declared. “She was at Scotland camp and she let a few of us know.

“To then play the two 90 minutes in qualifiers after what she’s been through is inspirational.

“I can’t say enough positive things about her. She probably didn’t like the attention but she’s an inspiration – she wants to help other people.

“I’m so proud. Football is great but there are a lot more important things.

“Jen has had a tough time of it but as a teammate and a friend, the way she has handled this has been a huge inspiration.”

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