Moynihan claimed he could "understand" the anger of
That was almost two days before Team GB's opening Olympic match against
Moynihan said: "I understand the response from some football fans who were hoping to see him play as part of Team GB.
"My view is different.
"I welcome the fact that he has returned from injury earlier than expected."
He added: "I don't agree with
Moynihan was at the Mansion House when the result came in and said he had "never heard such a raucous noise" in the building.
He added: "It's lifted the whole atmosphere around Team GB in the Village.
"I think in their own right the women are going to be history makers for Team GB."
BOA chef de mission
London 2012 has given women's football in the UK an 'unprecedented platform' on which to create a lasting legacy, according to the Football Association's head of national game Kelly Simmons.