Doncaster Belles: Villa goal is the best I’ve scored - Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk says her wonder strike against Aston Villa was the best of her career after the forward put the finishing touches on a dominant FAWSL2 victory for Doncaster Rovers Belles.

Her stunning 45-yard effort was the last of five goals at Coles Lane as the Belles kept up their impressive start to the season.

Rovers went ahead on 24 minutes as Sophie Barker hit a beautiful half-volley into the top corner and they doubled the lead shortly after when Rhiannon Roberts nodded home Barker’s corner.

Belles added a third on half time as Sue Smith’s delivery was met by Emily Roberts who thumped home a fine header from 12 yards.

The second half was a more subdued affair but a late goal by Smith, direct from a corner, added insult to injury and Sweetman-Kirk caught Jess Myers off her line with a wonderful long-range lob.

“Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t but I was on the right side of it on Sunday,” said Sweetman-Kirk.

“It’s probably the best goal I’ve scored. It’s definitely up there.

“But I’m not really fussed – if they go in, it can go in off the side of my face. As long as it is in the back of the net, I’m happy.

“Villa are definitely not an easy team to beat – as has been shown by the results they have had this season so far and pre-season.

“So we are really happy to come away with a 5-0 win with five good goals and a clean sheet.”

The victory followed up wins over Durham and Yeovil.

Belles are joint top with Reading. Their next game is at Everton on April 18.