Thursday 5 April 2018

Warner's Debut Continues Positive Trend

Phoebe Warner is one of four millennials to make their senior debut for Aston Villa Ladies this season

Phoebe Warner became the latest in a long line of talented young players to make a full senior debut for Aston Villa Ladies when she was thrust into the starting XI against Watford last time out.

The 17-year-old made the step-up in class with ease, turning in a Player of the Match performance as Villa cruised to a 3-0 win.

Warner has been included in a number of matchday squads this season, making her debut from the bench against Millwall Lionesses in February.

After the Watford game, she said: “It’s always nice after playing for the club for so long to get promoted into the first team and then getting your first start. It’s what you work your way up to.

“It was a really good team performance. We treated the second half like a different game and we were more positive, played the ball around nicely and played some really good football.”

While Villa don’t play again until 12 April, the midfielder was given little time to rest following her selection to the Republic of Ireland Under-19 squad for three UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Elite Round fixtures.

Warner was an unused substitute in the first of those games, against Austria on Monday, but she’ll hope to feature against Spain tonight before their final match against Turkey on Sunday.

Her rise to the senior squad with Villa continues a positive trend at the club this season, with Warner one of four millennials to debut this season.

Top scorer Ebony Salmon, first team regular Jodie Hutton and the emerging Asmita Ale have all made senior bows for Aston Villa Ladies this season.

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