Janaye Beaufort: It's amazing to make my debut
It was a proud afternoon for the West Ham United Women’s Academy as three players featured for the First Team in the 11-0 win over Chichester & Selsey Women on Sunday afternoon.
Maisy Barker, Anouk Denton and 17-year-old, Janaye Beaufort all played an integral role for Olli Harder’s side, who breezed past the lower-league opposition with minimal fuss.
The Hammers had eight different goalscorers on their way to their widest-margin victory since they turned professional back in 2018.
The win sees the West Ham United Women set up a fifth round clash with Manchester City at The Academy Stadium on Sunday 16 May.
I’m really grateful for the opportunity that Olli (Harder) has given me today, we’re obviously really pleased to win 11-0 and go into the next round.
Speaking to WHTV after making her West Ham United Women’s debut Janaye Beaufort was all smiles.
“It was an amazing experience for me to get on the pitch today.” the midfielder said after being introduced at half-time. The girls have been so welcoming since I’ve come in, I’ve just felt at complete ease.”
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity that Olli (Harder) has given me today, we’re obviously really pleased to win 11-0 and go into the next round.”
The Hammers famously reached the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final back in 2019 and Beaufort insisted making her professional bow in the competition made the occasion even more special.
“It makes it even better to make my debut in such a prestigious competition. I would have been over the moon if it’d been a league game, let alone a FA Cup match! It makes it even bigger and for that I’m just really thankful to everyone.”
As Beaufort strode onto the pitch in east London, she was greeted by fellow Academy graduates Maisy Barker and Anouk Denton, both of whom helped put the youngster at ease.
“It’s fantastic to share the pitch with Anouk (Denton) and Maisy (Barker). I’ve known Anouk for a long time, we’ve gone to England camps together and I felt that we linked up well when she came out wide in the second half. Getting to play with players that I know well made the whole afternoon more comfortable for me.”
I want to give huge credit to Chichester & Selsey, it’s difficult for some of the smaller clubs in the women’s game who haven’t been able to train and play regularly so for them to come here and give it their all they should be proud of themselves.
Much to their credit, Chichester & Selsey battled until the final whistle and left the Chigwell Construction Stadium with their heads held high. Beaufort also took time to praise the efforts of the visitors on a difficult afternoon.
“I want to give huge credit to Chichester & Selsey, it’s difficult for some of the smaller clubs in the women’s game who haven’t been able to train and play regularly so for them to come here and give it their all they should be proud of themselves.”
Next up for the West Ham United Women is a hugely important Barclay’s Women's Super League game against Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. Kick-off is at 6pm and you can follow all the action at www.whufc.com
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