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UKAF Women’s Manager Pleased With 'Ruthless' Performance

Karl Milgate’s first game in charge ended in an 8-0 thrashing of the Irish Defence Forces.

New UKAF Women’s manager Karl Milgate has hailed his side’s “ruthless” performance in his debut game as manager.

The players were looking to impress their new boss and a Libby Dixon hat-trick was the pick of the bunch in an 8-0 domination of the Irish Defence Forces.

Nat Bavistock was given the captain’s armband for the match and is not shocked by the scoreline.

She said: “If I’m honest, we are not surprised by that result and that is no disrespect to the Irish Defence Forces.

“We are fully aware of the talent we have within this set-up and it is only getting bigger and stronger.

“The strength in depth is quite unbelievable. We are fully aware of what we are capable of and the future is really exciting.”

Watch: all the goals from the 8-0 win over the Irish Defence Forces

Dixon was the star of the show for the UKAF Women and is happy with her goal haul: “I was absolutely buzzing to score. It was an honour to play for the UKAF team anyway, but to score three goals is a bonus.

“To be honest, I normally score more long-range, but today I’ve been trying to work on my one-on-ones and close range.

“I tried to do that today more and the way the UKAF work means we are good at playing football and getting the ball to each other’s feet.

“We tried to do a high press. With the heat, I don’t think it lasted as long as we wanted to do.

“It was hard work but there was high pressing and working closer together as a three up front. We worked as a unit a lot better that way.”

Libby Dixon's hat-trick impressed the new manager.

Milgate was taking charge for the first time as the team’s manager and wanted to test his squad.

He said: “We challenged the players. It’s an international fixture with the Irish Defence Force coming over.

“We had a job to do today to set the tone for where we want to go and we have certainly done that.

He said that what was most pleasing was "the quality of the goals": “We said we wanted to be absolutely ruthless and dominate them from the start, which we did.

“Two of the girls beat themselves up on the pitch and demand high standards of themselves.

“That is great but to score a hat-trick for Libby for your country is an achievement at any level, especially at military level."

The team is aiming to win the President's Cup again in April.