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Lucy Graham will round off a wonderful debut season in senior football this Sunday when she takes to the pitch for Forfar Farmington against Glasgow City in the Henson Scottish Cup Final at the Excelsior Stadium.
Since first setting foot in the senior game at the start of the season, the 16-year-old has won rave reviews and such has been her form, she is one of the four nominees for the Scottish Sun Players' Player of the Year award and has helped Forfar to the runners-up spot in the SWPL and the biggest match in their history this weekend.
Despite all this, Lucy is keeping her feet firmly on the ground and taking things in her stride ahead of Sunday's game. "I'm certainly looking forward to the final, there would be something wrong as a player if you weren't," she told Women's Soccer Scene. "To be in a cup final in my first year of senior football is amazing and I'm really excited about the whole event.
"On a personal level it would round off a rollercoaster first year for me, but I think it would be greater reward for the club itself. The amount of work that goes in behind the scenes at the club is absolutely phenomenal, and that gives you a real pride to be pulling on the shirt. So for me a win would be just reward for that collective effort."
Standing in the way of Forfar Farmington are Glasgow City, the reigning league Champions and one win away from the domestic treble. City will go into the match as hot favourites but Lucy is not fazed by the task. "For me it doesn't matter if we are classed as underdogs or, as has been the case in some games this season, as the favourites," she said. "We prepare well in the same manner and approach the game with the correct mindset.
"That said, we are well aware of what City can bring to the table and so we will need to be performing at our best on Sunday.
"I don't think you ever get an 'easy' cup final. More often than not, the final involves two strong sides and this year they also happen to be the first and second placed sides. So it will be a challenge, yes, but both the players and staff have had time to reflect on our games against City previously this season and I think we are all aware of what we need to do come 2pm on Sunday."
When reflecting on the season just about to finish, Lucy admits to be surprised but delighted by her progress. "It's been amazing to be honest, and not what I'd initially expected when I first signed," she said. "However once I had settled in, I quickly realised that this was a team on the up who had a fantastic desire to improved and achieve together.
"As a young player it can be easy to be lost in the excitement of stepping up to the top level, but the Forfar squad were invaluable in helping me settle in. We have some really experienced players and they were always available to help if I had any questions and help me settle in."
And Lucy insists that the spirit amongst the squad has helped them enormously this season. "The squad has an amazing sense of togetherness and I think this has been a major factor in our achievements this season. Although, like any squad, we have had our blips performance wise, the team have continued to pull in the same direction for a common purpose."
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