Goalkeeper Shan Turner is heading into Sunday’s Birmingham County Cup semi-final against her previous club Boldmere St Michaels aiming to not only help Wolves reach the final but also to stretch her impressive record of clean sheets since joining Dan McNamara’s team from the Mikes last summer.
In 16 appearances to date, 13 in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division and three in Cup ties, the former Birmingham City and Coventry United keeper – who also represented Northern Ireland at Under-19 level – has kept out the opposition on 10 occasions.
“Keeping clean sheets is so important for a keeper,” said Turner, “but the praise shouldn’t go just to me but to the defence as a whole. The girls in front of me have been brilliant all season and that’s one of the main reasons why we’re challenging at the top end of the table and into the County Cup semi-final.
“I’m looking forward to the semi-final, it’ll be good to come up against my old team mates and hopefully come away with a win. We’ll be expected to beat them, but they’re top of the Division One Midlands table so they’re having a good season and with them having home advantage it’ll be a tough game.
“Reaching the final would be massive for us. I’ve only been with the club this season, but I know how good a team Wolves have been for a while now and if we could go on to win the Cup it would be deserved after missing out on promotion in the last two seasons because they were ended early due to the pandemic.”
As she looks to help her team maintain momentum in both league and Cup, Turner has a further ambition – this one on the international stage. The now 23-year-old keeper, having worn the Northern Ireland jersey as a youngster, is intent on earning a call-up to the country’s senior squad.
“I want 100 per cent to get myself into the Northern Ireland squad,” said a determined Turner. “I loved playing international football as a teenager and I want to achieve it again at senior level. I know the best way to get myself noticed is playing well week-in, week-out for Wolves – and that’s the plan!”