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We talk to...Alicia Powe (Swansea City)
 Women's Football News 21 Mar 2014
 
We talk to...Alicia Powe (Swansea City) - 21 Mar 2014 - Women's Football NewsSwansea City are through to the FAW Women's Cup Final following their 3-0 victory over Caernarfon Town on Sunday. 
 
Swansea captain Alicia Powe reflected on the win and told Women's Soccer Scene that her team also have a lot still to play for in the league: 
 
Congratulations on reaching the FAW Women's Cup Final, how does it feel to have got there?
Thank you! It's a great feeling to have reached the end stages of the competition. The squad as a whole have really fought hard to reach this point and now the final game is in sight.

Do you think a 3-0 scoreline was a true reflection of the game?
We knew whichever team we drew in the semi final would be a tough game, but despite that, we fought hard against Caernarfon to seal our place in the final. We took a few of the chances created and managed to make them count, Caernarfon's goalkeeper came to form in the second half and displayed some great saves to keep the scoreline to a minimum.

Looking ahead to the Final, you will be up against Cardiff Met Ladies, can you approach the game full of confidence?
Despite our recent runnings with Cardiff Met Ladies, the squad has really started to connect on all forms, and I feel that every player will approach the game with the the correct positive attitude. We've fought hard to reach this stage of the competition, and thoroughly deserve our place in final. The atmosphere within cup finals is completely different to those of a league game, and I believe in the squad to give 100% on the day regardless of how the game maps out.

You will be the underdogs this time, will that take any pressure of the team?
Not necessarily, as a whole we are going in with the attitude that we have it all to do. The result of the game in itself is enough to motivate any player, and the benefit of bringing the trophy home will enhance the club tremendously.

Ironically you play Cardiff Met in the league this Sunday, presumably that match will have no bearing on the final?
No, I mean we've already played Cardiff Met twice this season both in the league and the league cup, so we are fully aware of their strengths/weaknesses and how they play as a team. It will be a great build up to the Welsh Cup Final, and the squad know that whatever mistakes are made during this game we can straighten out and correct them for the final.

Jodie Passmore has been in great scoring form recently, has there been anyone else who has played well and been more unsung?
The squad has changed a great deal over the current season, with a lot of young individuals coming in, who are now starting first team players. It's great to see our striker come into form and produce goals on the field, resulting in us being able to climb the table. I feel the team now has great cohesion, and we are really working hard for each other. The bond we have now compared to the beginning of the season has changed tremendously. In my opinion all of the young players have stepped up to the plate, and Katy Hosford in particular has really hit form. Senior football can be difficult for young players but Katy's confidence and ability on the field has really shone through.

You are still in the running for second place in the league, is that a realistic aim for the team?
Yes, obviously we would love to be competing for the title but due to a few mishaps during the season this has just slipped out of sight. The squad as a whole are giving 100% both in training and on a Sunday to claim second place at the end of the season and from there we can build for the following season and compete for the title.

How much would winning a trophy mean to Swansea City if you can do it?
It would be great to be presented as the winners of the FAW Cup, and have some silverware to show all our hard work for the season. It's going to be a tough game but I believe we will turn up and play as a team to give Cardiff Met a great game.


 
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