Arsenal Ladies aiming for glory in Continental Tyres Cup Final against Notts County
Arsenal Ladies have won at least trophy in every season since 2003.
To keep that run going that will have to beat Notts County Ladies in the Continental Tyres Cup Final this afternoon at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham.
It will be Gunners fifth successive appearance in the Continental Cup final.
Arsenal finished third in the FA Women’s Super League behind Chelsea, and were knocked out at the quarter-final final stage of the Women’s FA Cup by the Blues.
So Gunners midfielder Leah Williamson knows how important today’s final is to the club.
“Arsenal are known for how many trophies they have won in the past, so we have to go into the final with confidence,” said Leah.
“There is pressure on us, not from the outside, but because of the standards we set ourselves. But Notts have been in two finals this season and will want one piece of silverware to show for that.
“We had a disappointing league season. The reason players come to Arsenal is to win trophies, so it has been a tough year.
“I know Liverpool ended their season with a number of injuries, but we have had that right the way through and it’s taken its toll, we have not been able to build any consistency.
“When you consider that, it’s a great achievement for us to be in the Continental Tyres Cup final.
“We have put in good performances against Notts this season, we were 1-0 down in the last-minute but showed great fighting spirit to earn a point. Those qualities will be needed again.”
Notts County’s go into today’s match wanting to put behind them the disappointment of losing the Women’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley. It was the first time the final had been played at Wembley.
The Lady Pies Striker, and former Arsenal star, Ellen White is determined to be on the right side of the result today.
“It was extremely disappointing,” said Ellen. “To be in the final, be one of the first two teams to play at Wembley was a fantastic achievement but we did not want to be the ones to lose.
“We were frustrated with the way we played after a good first 20 minutes. But there were some positives – we could take a lot of heart from the way we battled all the way through.
“We all gained experience of playing on a big stage in front of a lot of fans in a final, that will be a big plus for us on Sunday.
“We will be on point right from the word go, we won’t be overawed by the occasion and need time to settle. We want to win this final.”