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Everton's Fara Williams expects tough Cup final

FA Tesco Women's Premier League Cup Final
Venue: Spotland, Rochdale Date: Thursday, 11 February Kick-off: 1900 GMT Coverage: BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM, 1485 MW and DAB; BBC Radio Leeds 774 AM & Online

Fara Williams
Everton captain Williams skippered England at Euro 2009 in Finland

Everton Ladies captain Fara Williams says the Premier League Cup final with Leeds will be a hard fought contest.

The two sides meet on Thursday, as they Blues aim to win the trophy they lifted in 2008, beating Arsenal 1-0.

"We haven't played Leeds this year and they have got a good young team as well as us," she told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It's going to be a good competition on Thursday and the tempo of the game is going to be good and both teams are going to try and play [good football]."

On the way to the final Everton beat Arsenal 2-1 in the semi-finals after extra time.

The Gunners have been all conquering under former manager Vic Akers for the past 20 years, but Mo Marley's Blues have been slowly growing in stature in recent seasons.

Williams believes the years of hard work now need to pay off for Everton.

"Mo has built some good things here," Fara continued. "She has got some good young players and if you see the players coming through the ranks its only good.

"The way we have built our team is very different to the way Arsenal have. They've had the money and the backing to bring players in and we haven't had that here.

"Mo has had to work hard with her team around her to bring the youth through and its now their time to shine."

One of the products of the successful Everton Academy has been 18-year-old forward Toni Duggan, who was a part of the side that lifted the cup two years ago and has also won the Euro 2009 Under-19 Championships with England.

Duggan, who scored a hat-trick in the Blues 7-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday, says her side must kick on and beat Leeds in the final.

"I think we have got to leave the Arsenal win behind," said Duggan. "We knew we were good enough to beat them and we showed it on the day.

"I think Leeds are a tough opposition and we can't underestimate them. But we're going into it full of confidence win over Portsmouth.

"Scoring seven goals and keeping a clean sheet, I think the confidence is high."

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see also
Spotland hosts women's Cup final
07 Jan 10 |  Women
Marley delighted with final spot
08 Dec 09 |  Women
Everton draw Arsenal in cup semi
04 Nov 09 |  Women

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