There are few things better in football than a stoppage time winner.
And St Johnstone WFC goal hero Rebecca McGowan says the reaction to her dramatic late strike just showed how much it meant.
The Scotland U19 international netted to clinch a 2-1 victory against Stirling University in the club’s first Scottish Women’s Premier League 2 fixture this season.
Morgan Steedman had given Saints the lead on 36 minutes before the hosts equalised on the stroke of half-time.
But the determined Perth side battled right to the final whistle to get their reward.
And a thrilled McGowan told the PA: “It’s great to get back playing first and foremost.
“It was nice to score at the end and you could see from the reaction just what it meant to start the season off like that.
“I saw the ball going in, turned around and it was carnage. I think there was a burst nose involved somewhere.
“We never gave up and I think it was the 92nd minute we scored. We were out for the three points and thankfully we got them.
“We were a little shaky in the first half but we had a chat at half-time and analysed a few things. We were brilliant in the second half.”
Saints WFC boss Jason McCrindle could not be prouder of how his players battled through to the very end.
“You get out of a game what you put in,” he said. “We deserved the win for the performance, especially in the second half.
“I’m absolutely delighted for them. We had the set-back of the game being off last week but we prepared again.
“You can’t beat the competitiveness of a game. You work all week towards getting this feeling on a Sunday.
“We kept going, kept going and were relentless in the second half. We had the belief and we got the reward for that.
“I was delighted for Rebecca getting the winner but it was a real team effort. Not just the 11 on the pitch, every player contributed.
“The win was for everyone who has helped contribute over the past five or six weeks.”