League Cup ladies
By Les Roberts
Updated Thursday, 28th February 2008
Everton ladies face Arsenal in the League Cup final in what could have been a repeat of the men's League Cup final had ourselves and, in particular, Arsenal not flaked in the semis.
The final kicks off at 7.35 this evening at Leyton Orient's
And Everton will be hoping to overcome an, apparently invincible, Arsenal side that hasn't been beaten in about two-and-a-half years or something daft!
But Everton's players are in defiant mood, none more so than midfielder Fara Williams and striker Jo Potter, who both feel that there is nothing to fear from the Gunners.
Williams has announced that: "Arsenal's unbeaten record has got to come to an end at some time and we feel we can be the team to do it".
Whilst Potter added: "They never looked a threat in open play when we last played them."
But Arsenal are an exceptionally strong team and, Arsenal manager, Vic
Ackers has won this competition an amazing nine times.
And Ackers claims that Everton's bullish approach to the game has made his job easier as the Everton players have done the team talk for him.
Incidentally, were Arsenal to flop in all competitions, would the team become known as 'Ackers' knackers'?
Anyway, Everton manager, Mo Marley has been a bit more low-key in her assessment of the Blues chances of lifting their second piece of silverware.
Marley said: "We have done our homework and now our job is to find the chinks in their game plan. We need to find out what our assets are against them and hopefully marry the two together."
She added: "Hopefully if the game plan is successful and the girls play to their true potential and have no fear, then I am confident we can get a result."
Apart from the exclusion of long-term absentees Rachel Brown and Fern Whelan, Marley has a fully fit squad to choose from and has Kelly McDougal and, captain, Leanne Duffy back in contention for places.
Tickets for tonight's game are on sale at the Leyton Orient box office on 0871 310 1883 and cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.
The final will also be shown live on Sky Sports 2 from 7.30 this evening.
she looks much better in blue!