Emma Beynon interview on Women’s Soccer United
Emma Beynon: “Every game will be a challenge”
Hard-work, dedication and passion is certainly paying off for the young midfielder from Wales, Emma Beynon, who was recently selected to represent her country at next month’s Cyprus Cup.
Beynon is also having a positive impact on her club Swansea City Ladies, netting seven times this season and playing a huge role in their incredible success so far which sees them sit top of the Welsh Premier Women’s League.
In an exclusive interview with Women’s Soccer United, Emma Beynon shared her thoughts on receiving her first Wales senior international call-up, Cyprus Cup expectations and Swansea City Ladies’ impressive campaign in the Welsh Premier Women’s League this season.
Women’s Soccer United: Congratulations on your recent international call-up to the Wales WNT. How does it feel to be selected and did you dream of moments like this when you were growing up?
Emma Beynon: Of course, I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved in the squad as it’s something I’ve always dreamt about growing up. It’s an honour to be selected and I’m very much looking forward to going out to Cyprus and to learn a lot more.
WSU: You have gained international experience at youth level from U-16 to U19. What lessons have you learned during this time and how will that help you prepare for your senior debut at the 2017 Cyprus Cup?
Emma Beynon: Having been involved at youth level it’s a lot easier to prepare and what to expect in and around the camp. There’s still a lot more to learn about the way we play and I’m really looking forward to being around very good players in a camp environment.
WSU: Wales have been drawn in Group C at the Cyprus Cup alongside Hungary, Czech Republic and Republic of Ireland. What are your thoughts on your group opponents, how will Wales match up against them?
Emma Beynon: Every game will be a challenge but it will be a good competition to be a part of and to see where we are as a team. The three games will be tough as they are in a short space of time but I’m sure as a team the girls will be good enough to compete.
WSU: What appeals to you the most about the challenge of representing your country at the Cyprus Cup?
Emma Beynon: It’s a very different game playing internationally with the tempo of the game being a lot higher. I think it will be good challenge for me and am excited to see what I can achieve.
WSU: What personal targets do you want to achieve with the national team?
Emma Beynon: I think individually the goal will be to earn my first senior Women’s cap and to play against some very good players. Also just to put in 100% in training and develop as part of the team and hopefully be in contention for the squad over the oncoming seasons.
WSU: Turning the focus to club level, you are enjoying a great season with Swansea City Ladies – currently sitting four points clear at the top of the table and in the final four of the FAW Women’s Cup. What is the overall mood like within the squad and what are your dream expectations?
Emma Beynon: Yeah obviously the mood in and around training at the moment is very positive. The dream will be to win the League (Welsh Premier Women’s League) as it will be massive for the club and all the girls but there is still a lot to do with very good opposition to play to reach and play in the Women’s Champions League. We’ve worked so hard this year and to show that on the field is very good.
WSU: You have a played a significant role in Swansea City Ladies’ impressive campaign, netting seven times in the Welsh Premier Women’s League. How would you assess your own season so far and how would you define the role you play in the dressing room?
Emma Beynon: I think every player has a role to play in the dressing room and as a team we have good morale and all encourage each other before a match. I feel I have a positive attitude in the changing rooms and on the pitch which has led to positive performances.
WSU: What would you say are your best skills as a midfielder and what are you working to improve?
Emma Beynon: I’d say my best skill is my passing ability and pass succession rate whilst playing in midfield. I also think I communicate well with my team mates. I have been working on my fitness a lot recently and feel it could improve a bit more to improve my game.
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