Sent Her Forward exclusive interview with Brighton & Hove Albion’s twin wingers
Brighton’s opponents face double trouble for the rest of the season as they line up against the Premier League South club’s first ever footballing twins.
Mollie and Rosie Kmita have signed for Albion from Spurs and made their debuts together in the Premier League South encounter with Portsmouth earlier this month.
Right-winger Mollie crowned her first game with a goal, although it proved only a consolation in Pompey’s 2-1 win.
Despite the result, the 19-year-olds were thrilled to make their debuts for what is now their local club.
And Brighton are delighted to have them on board.
Key to the future
Elite women and girls’ manager Tracy Doe said: “It’s fantastic that Mollie and Rosie have made history in this way. But they are here on merit and will bring something extra to the squad.
“We’re really excited to have them join the club. They’re both still very young, enthusiastic and willing to learn in order to keep improving.
“They will be both be key in our long-term aims for the future.”
The twins were nervous before their Brighton bows but said sharing the nerves helped them cope.
“It was an amazing experience to start for Brighton in our first game, and being able to share that with Rosie allowed us both to settle our nerves a little bit,” said Mollie.
Rosie, who plays on the opposite wing, admitted: “We were very nervous before the game. Starting for a new club, I feel you always have to try and prove yourself, so there were a lot of nerves that day – but also excitement to finally be able to get involved.”
As cringey as it sounds, we feel we are better together – Mollie Kmita
The Brighton University students say their team-mates have made them feel welcome from the day they signed from Spurs.
“We felt as if we fitted straight in, and being twins is always a good ice-breaker,” said Rosie.
In fact, it’s not only their Brighton debuts that they do together.
The sisters, from Enfield, north London, grew up playing football, influenced by their late father, Tony, who bought them a full-size goal to practise in.
Mollie explained: “All our friends were boys, so we would constantly be playing football outside with them, but I’d say our dad was our main reason behind starting to play.”
It was a dream come true when the Spurs-supporting Kmita twins signed for the club’s Ladies’ side when they were 11 and – inevitably – made their debuts together.
They tried their luck at football scholarships in the United States, but cut short their adventure. Rosie admitted: “After deciding it wasn’t the route we wanted to take, we came home to England and decided to take the route of university, this time over here.”
Super League goal
The pair both chose Brighton University, where they are studying international events management (yes, both of them), and are now living together in Eastbourne.
“We travelled to and from London for a while, as we were both still signed for Tottenham,” said Rosie. “We tried to make that situation work, but in the end it became too much for us, and we decided to make the move to Brighton.”
She added: “Brighton is definitely a long-term move for us. We see ourselves developing as players with the club and are happy with the way things are going.”
They both harbour ambitions to progress to the highest level they can in football, although they admit the new curbs on the Women’s Premier League might prove a short-term obstacle at least to their Super League goal.
“But hopefully, as the league develops over time, these boundaries won’t be as much of an issue.”
The sisters’ Withdean debuts were just a taste of what Premier League defences have to come as they torment defenders on both sides of the pitch.
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And that sixth-minute opener for Mollie was a great way to start. She said: “I was over the moon to have scored on my debut but it would have been the icing on the cake if we had won that game.
“It was a shame we didn’t in the end, even though we put up a good battle.”
Brighton & Hove Albion say Mollie and Rosie are the first twins to play at any level for the club. “There have been many family ties in the club’s history – including several sets of siblings – but never twins,” said a spokesman.
The Kmitas were blissfully unaware that they were making history as they battled to keep their nerves in check before the Portsmouth game.
“We didn’t have a clue until we saw the article (on the B&HA website),” admitted Rosie. “We felt privileged to have been able to do so.”
The Kmitas insist they wanted to both join the same club. “As cringey as it sounds, we feel we are better together,” said Mollie.
“It’s nice to be on the pitch with someone you have played football with practically your whole life.”