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Shelley Kerr and Andy Spence both believe their teams are ready for the occasion ahead of this weekend's FA Women's Cup Final.
The two managers will lead their Arsenal and Everton teams out on Sunday at MK Dons' stadiummk for the showpiece match.
The Final, which will be live on BBC Two from 4.15pm (4.30pm kick off), will be Kerr's last match in charge as Arsenal manager, after she announced her resignation last week.
Arsenal have won the FA Women's Cup a record twelve times and Kerr will be looking to secure a 13th win in her final game. She said: "Arsenal have been in this final many times before, but the achievement and sense of occasion never diminishes. It is always one of the biggest days in our calendar and I know everyone connected with the club is really looking forward to the game.
"We know Everton have a rich history of producing talent and they have got some terrific players in their squad, so the game will be a really, really tough test for us. However, we have got some of the most talented experienced players in the WSL, some really exciting youngsters coming through and we've also got some top quality players from overseas.
"Our supporters have been fantastic ever since I've been here and I want to take this opportunity to thank them. The final is as much for them as it is us."
Everton's Andy Spence's young side overcame Notts County in the semi finals and he believes his team will take the occasion in their stride. He said: "I've got no doubt they'll be excited, there'll be nerves and all of those emotions but the girls have already shown in previous rounds that they're ready to handle big games in this competition.
"You've got to be realistic and you want them to treat it similarly to what they would normally, but at the same time it's a special occasion so you want to thrive and embrace what comes with it being an FA Cup Final and harness that to produce an even better performance.
"You can see the spirit is high and excitement is starting to build towards the weekend."
The FA Girls' Youth Cup Final will take place before the game (1pm kick off), which will be contested by Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool.
Liverpool Centre of Excellence coach, Matthew Campbell, said: "Myself and Steve Wright [Under-17s coach] still feel that we have another gear in our locker and that the team have the belief and mental toughness needed to put in a great performance in the final.
"The majority of the squad have been with us for the last five years and have progressed through the system which is fantastic for everyone involved with the club and hopefully our development will continue. As it is against our neighbours Everton it will be it an extremely tough game as Merseyside derbies are always competitive no matter what level."
Tickets are still available for the final priced at £10 adults and £5 children. A family ticket two adults and two children) is available at £20. Tickets are available from (01908) 622900 and www.mkdons.com/tickets.
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