Ali Johnson (#22 Durham) celebrates her goal during the FA Women's Championship game between Durham and Sheffield United at Maiden Castle in Durham, England - Image provided by Sports Press Photo

Durham debutant Johnson thrilled with impressive goal against Sheffield United

Durham debutant Ali Johnson has admitted that it was a great feeling to score her side’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Maiden Castle this afternoon.

The Wildcats came from behind to rescue a point against The Blades with Johnson scoring from a more advanced role out on the wing.

The player only joined Durham from Blackburn Rovers yesterday but soon made an impact by thumping an effort across goal into the net.

When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time after the match, Johnson said that scoring for Durham was a special moment.

“I was absolutely buzzing to get the goal,” said Johnson. “Three points would have been a lot better and a lot nicer but I was happy with it.”

Johnson’s goal came against one of her former clubs with the player having spent a period last season as a Sheffield United player. She said that while it was nice to score against The Blades, she wants to become more consistent with her shooting.

She added “I’ve got a long way to go. It’s nice to score against your old team but it is doing it week in, week out consistently.

“I was just happy to get on the field and play. My individual goal (at Durham) is to just get back playing with a smile on my face again.

“Consistency would be nice but I am now aiming to push on for the rest of the season, building up to next season.”

Durham fell behind to a Courtney Sweetman-Kirk goal but they were back on level terms within a matter of minutes thanks to the brilliance of Johnson.

Speaking about her goal, she said “I scored one in training earlier in the week, probably a bit further in.

“It was again about pinpointing that spot in the corner. The full-back didn’t press me whereas usually, they get out quick but it was just about pinpointing that bottom right corner.”

Durham now have a period of three weeks without a game. The Wildcats return to action on Sunday 18 April when they travel to Walton Hall Park to face Everton in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

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