A real scouse answer from the scousers on the Everton Women’s team before their FA Cup final with Manchester City on Sunday.
“I’m just getting my groove on.”
Exclusive – Everton Women’s winger Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah spoke to Sam Carroll before her FA Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday.
Boye-Hlorkah broke into Everton’s first team at the age of 17 and was part of the team that last reached the FA Cup final in 2014, only to miss the defeat to Arsenal due to injury.
She also has a date with destiny.
Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah hopes to bring the trophy back to Merseyside after a trip to Merseyside after she was selected first for football by the boys at school, suffered three anterior cruciate ligament injuries and has the chance to make history.
“I’m just grumbling for the weekend. I can’t wait to attend the big games that I missed.
This time it will be different.
“I can’t wait to go and I’m ready to play,” she tells Echo excitedly about the opportunity to perform at Wembley vs City.
After taking office in December 2018, Everton – fueled by an ambitious summer transfer window under the leadership of commercial and sports director Sarvar Ismailov – will go undefeated in the Women’s Super League to the cup final.
The 25-year-old started last month with a semi-final win over Birmingham City and has been in the competition under Willie Kirk throughout the turnaround.
“I think the thing about Willie Kirk is that he has this winning mentality,” says Boye-Hlorkah. “We don’t settle down. We don’t want to have any draws, let alone lose. That’s what he brought in, the desire to win games.
Boye-Hlorkah admits that she sent her teammates away this week via WhatsApp with supporting text messages in international play.
“We also want to win in training. We all fight, we’re always competitive, and that’s what he brought; a competitive, winning mentality.
Did she nervously make sure that they did not get hurt?
“Touch wood!” she cries. We both touch wood – via zoom – and she laughs.
She grew up in Anfield and attended school in Toxteth. She gained her first football experience on the Kensington and Fairfield estates.
Before that, her passion for the game had been discovered almost by accident.
Boye-Hlorkah is clearly in a good mood, and why wouldn’t she be?