Mead relishing maiden Cup Final appearance
Arsenal striker Beth Mead targets Manchester City scalp in Continental Tyres Cup
Beth Mead has been in fine form in this season’s FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, scoring in five of Arsenal’s six matches.
Holders Manchester City stand between the Gunners and a fifth success in this competition when the two sides face-off in Wycombe on Wednesday night.
And we grabbed a word with Arsenal’s sharp shooter ahead of her maiden domestic final.
Firstly, Beth, you must be very excited about The Final…?
“I’ve not played in a final domestically yet, so I’m really looking forward to the game.
“These are the types of games Arsenal should want and expect to be winning regularly. We want to show what we are all about and this is a good platform for us to build on.
“To win it, against Manchester City, would be massive for the club and put us in a really good place mentally to go and challenge the two teams at the top of the FA WSL table.”
You’ve been banging the goals in yourself this season, do you feel comfortable playing at this level?
“When I came to Arsenal, I’d been scoring goals for Sunderland, but I knew this would be different, playing with some of the best players in the world and fighting for a place in the team.
“I’ve been fortunate to play regularly, so I’ve been keen to take my chance in the side and I’m really enjoying myself. Hopefully I can continue scoring goals and helping the team win football matches.”
How have things been under new manager Joe Montemurro?
“We’ve all been re-energised with him coming in, he’s a great coach and we all enjoy being out on the pitch with him. He is really easy to get on with, you can speak to him openly and honestly and also have a joke with him. A lot of the girls have thrived since he has arrived, and everyone is enjoying playing and training.
“He tells me my role, what he wants me to do in games and gives me freedom on the pitch to be creative.”
You’ll need to be at your very best, though, against Manchester City. Is this a chance to put right the wrongs of your defeat earlier this season?
“That was a very frustrating game, we didn’t turn up that day and I think it’s been on our mind since. This is our first opportunity to respond to that defeat. They are very strong both in attack and defence, you won’t find many weaknesses in their side, so we know we have our work cut out. But we also have those qualities in our team and we believe in our ability.
“Sometimes you play better against the better teams and I thrive against playing against the best players, people like Steph Houghton, putting myself out there to keep developing and improving. Everyone at the club wants to start winning trophies again so we hope it is our day.”
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £7 for adults and £3 for concessions, and are available via www.tickets.wwfc.com.
The Final will be broadcast live on The FA’s WSL Facebook page.
Arsenal v Manchester City
FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final
7pm, Wednesday 14 March
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers FC