In only her first season of senior football Helena Constantinou has already wrote her name in the Nottingham Forest history books as she netted the only and winning goal in last week’s cup final, to see her side through to a 13th record County Cup win.
Speaking after the game Constantiou shared her joy of netting the decisive goal. She said: “Scoring the winning goal on Friday and celebrating with the team was amazing.
“For us to get the win was important and was as much for the supporters as it was for us. I felt we dominated the game but the opposition defended well and didn’t make it easy for us. Izzy’s (Sullivan) strike was brilliant and fortunately when it came off the post I was in the right place at the right time.”
Away from scoring cup winning goals the midfielder has also enjoyed a memorable debut senior season in Garibaldi Red. Constantinou has currently racked up the second most appearances this season for her side and has found the back of the net three times. Along with Friday’s crucial goal Constantinou also bagged a goal against Forest’s East Midlands rivals Derby County two months ago in a 1-1 draw.
Looking back her first season the 17-year-old expressed how pleasantly surprised she has been with how her year has spanned out on the field. “Honestly, I’m surprised to have played a part in as many games as I have this season. Going into it I questioned the extent of my involvement as a new player and was just hoping to get a taste of senior football, taking my opportunities to play when they presented themselves,” she also added: “The season has had its up and downs for me personally but there have been some special moments. Every week the squad can rotate so I’m happy to have made so many appearances.”
Constantinou joined the Forest senior side ahead of the current 2018/19 FA WNL North campaign after graduating from the club’s Regional Talent Club (RTC) alongside the team’s other success story, Katie Middleton. After sharing their debut season journey together and Constantinou explained how great it is to have Middleton alongside her. She shared: “It’s our third season playing together and I’ve found it encouraging to have someone like Katie going through the transition alongside me. It has made it easier to adapt to the new style of training and match play. Especially in the early stages having someone with you helps with the apprehension of meeting and playing with an older squad, but the team were very welcoming.”
Still in the early years of her playing career Constantinou is amongst the youthful members of the Forest squad but is surrounded by plenty of experienced teammates that are always around to support her through her opening season. “I have learnt a lot from the experienced players, not only through their communication, but by seeing how they train, play and make decisions on the pitch. Their experience shows as they understand the game well and have composure on the ball,” she also added: “When I first joined, they were there to reassure me and challenge me which has helped my game progress”.
Constantinou also shared what has been her favourite part of this season away from the field. She said: “Getting to know my team mates better has been fun. The socials have been great as we have some big characters who are always up for a laugh.”