Arsenal v Umeå IKUEFA Women's Cup Final 2nd Leg Boreham Wood FC Sunday, April 29, 12pm
By Adam Clark
Alex Scott has described her winning goal in the Uefa Women's Cup Final first leg as "a moment of pure amazement".
With only seconds remaining in the game the right back struck from 35 yards to stun Swedish hosts Umea and the 22-year-old says her effort was as surprising as it was timely.
"I don't even know what I was thinking shooting from that far out because I'm not renowned for my strikes," she told Arsenal.com. "But nobody closed me down, so I thought 'why not?' I had nothing to lose.
"I was in shock, but I shouldn't have been surprised because I've scored a few from the right-back position. There's no place better than to do it in the Uefa Cup and it was good timing too - the last minute - so it was good for the team."
Indeed it was as Arsenal now have every chance of becoming the first team from outside of Germany and Scandinavia to lift the trophy. Although the two-times competition winners Umea were resounding favourites going into the Final, Scott believes Arsenal's first-leg performance may have changed popular opinion.
"It was weird going into this tie as underdogs," said Scott. "All season we've played great football and we're confident in our ability. We know that as well as having individuals we have a great team. They've got great individuals, like Marta, but collectively, as a team, we are strong.
"I think the surprise element of Umea has gone now. In the second half of the first leg we showed we'd learned. In the first half we backed off and they were spraying balls around, but in the second half we were much better, we closed players down and I think that's what we've learned to take into the second leg - don't give them time and play our own game."
As precious as her away goal could prove Scott has urged her team-mates not to take anything for granted at Boreham Wood FC on Sunday. The England international also called for the supporters to turn Meadow Park into a cauldron.
"Before we went out Vic [Akers] said we want the away goal. We got it but we know we're only halfway there. We've got 90 minutes still to play but it's all in our hands. This is the trophy we want and we've been working for it all season," she said.
"The more support we get the better. That's why we wanted to play at Boreham Wood - because of the closed atmosphere. If there's a good atmosphere and people come along then it's going to help us."
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