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Not underdogs anymore - Kerys
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 13 May 2017
FA Women's Cup News - Not underdogs anymore - Kerys - 13 May 2017 - Women's Football NewsBirmingham City defender Kerys Harrop believes her side have firmly despatched their underdog tag ahead of this weekend's SSE Women's FA Cup Final.
The Blues face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday looking to lift the trophy for a second time having tasted glory in 2012, beating Chelsea on penalties at Ashton Gate.
Harrop's side have had to do things the hard way on their road to Wembley this year, including recording victories over both Arsenal and Chelsea - last season's SSE Women's FA Cup finalists.
With rookie finalists to come in the shape of Man City, Harrop believes her Blues have nothing to fear, despite facing off against the current FA Women's Super League and FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup holders in front of what is set to be a new competition-record crowd at Wembley for the competition.
"Everyone is really excited, we're all buzzing to have got there, all the girls can't wait for it and we're trying to count down the days until we get to do it," said the 26-year-old.
"We've had a fantastic journey, we beat Albion and then had tough challenges in Arsenal who were the cup holders, and Chelsea so we've done well.
"To be able to beat those so-called bigger teams has been fantastic, and now we want to go one better and beat Man City as well. To say we've done it that way would show we're deserving winners of the Cup.
"City are a very strong team, they haven't lost a game in the league for a year and hold two other trophies so we've got to respect that, they've got quality players, but we'll go to the game with a plan and see what we can do.
"We don't see ourselves as underdogs anymore, we're really pushing in the Cup and the league and we're keen to show what we can do."
The Blues have been in fine form so far in 2017, with Marc Skinner at the helm having been appointed as manager when replacing David Parker, who resigned after five years in charge in December.
But that's not the only change seen at Solihull Moors FC, with Harrop and fellow defender Emily Westwood the only survivors from when Birmingham got their hands on the FA Cup five years ago.
This year however will see Harrop upgraded from the ranks and into the role of captain, given the honour of leading her side out at the home of football, and the centre back admits it's a moment that has played through her mind ever since the semi final victory over Chelsea, but she is adamant to show they are after much more than making up the numbers.
She added: "It's any girl's dream as a youngster to play at Wembley, so the fact that the SSE Women's FA Cup final is there is just amazing, hopefully we'll get a big crowd. Every time I mentioned it I can't stop smiling.
"It's gone through my mind a lot, being captain, but you have to try and keep it in the back of your mind.
"We've definitely got a lot of young players in the team, so Emily and I will have to impart out knowledge and share our experiences for sure.
"Winning it in 2012 was fantastic, not only for myself and my teammates but for my friends and family who came down, so to be able to do that a second time would be amazing, especially at Wembley."
by Ross Lawson, Sportsbeat

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