Courtney Sweetman-Kirk admits life is unlikely to ever get any better for her on a football pitch.
The striker’s stunning second half hat trick saw Doncaster Rovers Belles come from two goals down to win 3-2 at Everton in the FAWSL Continental Tyres Cup on Sunday.
Emily Hollinshead drilled in from 12 yards before Ellie Stewart headed home to put the hosts in firm control at the break, but the introduction of Sweetman-Kirk on 64 minutes inspired a remarkable turnaround.
The striker poked home with her first touch at the back post after Emily Simpkins’ header struck the bar, before levelling eight minutes later, heading over Everton keeper Kirstie Levell from close range.
Her 17-minute treble was complete when she scrambled the ball home from Sue Smith’s flick-on, and after the Belles wild celebrations, the striker could hardly contain her delight.
“It’s probably one of the best nights I’ve had in football,” she said.
“Glen [Harris] said to go on and get some goals – I don’t think he envisioned three, I probably didn’t either!
“It’s great to get on the scoresheet. I’m high on confidence at the minute so it’s nice to get another three.
“I’m not going to lie the third goal was a bit of a mishit to be honest, so I was glad to see it trickle in the back of the net.”
“It’s always a fantastic feeling scoring goals, scoring a hat trick is brilliant and it being the winner is even better.
“Glen wanted to give some other players a chance in this game, and our squad is strong so at 2-0 down it probably didn’t represent the game well.
“The team spirit is fantastic and we fight for each other on and off the pitch. That definitely showed.”
Belles sit fourth in Group Two with three points from three games and will almost certainly have to beat Durham and Sunderland in their two remaining pool matches to stand any chance of reaching the quarter-finals.
Harris’s side turn their attention back to the league on Sunday when they visit Millwall Lionesses.
Belles are two points clear at the top of FAWSL2 with six games to go.