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Cardiff City FC Women have reached the Final of the FAW Women's Cup for the third time in four years following their 1-0 victory over Cyncoed Ladies in the semi finals on Sunday.
We talked to Cardiff captain Siobhan Walsh who described the achievement of reaching another Final as a "great feeling", whilst also insisting that the team still has much to play for in the league in the meantime:
WSS: Very well done, Siobhan, on your win on Sunday, first of all, how does it feel to be in the Welsh Cup Final once again?
SW: It is a great feeling to be in the final again. Who doesn't love a cup final?
WSS: How tense was it for you late on when you were one goal ahead, were you under much pressure?
SW: It was pretty tense towards the end of the game as we knew one goal from them would mean extra time. But we defended strongly, not offering them any opportunity to equalise.
WSS: Cyncoed had won both of your league meetings this season, just how determined were the team to turn it around this time?
SW: We were all determined to redeem our previous performances. I think our desire to win showed in our discipline and work rate.
WSS: It has been an eventful cup run for you after your reinstatement into the competition, then having to get past Abergavenny and Cyncoed to get to the Final, how tough a run has it been?
SW: Well yes, we were fortunate enough to be reinstated so we wanted to make the most of the opportunity. We knew it wasn't going to be easy as both teams had previously beaten us earlier in the season, but we have been working hard in training to improve and better ourselves as a team.
WSS: The Final will be against Swansea in a repeat of the 2015 game, which they won on that occasion. Will the players remaining from that game be relishing a chance to put the record straight?
SW: That game will definitely be a big talking point, the girls who played in that game will certainly remember how it felt when we lost and will not want to feel like that this time around, so we will no doubt be going into the game with nothing but winning on our minds.
WSS: When the day comes, do you think it will be important to draw on the experience of winning the Cup two years ago?
SW: Our previous experience will be important as we know what will be expected of us and what is needed to be do in order win the game. Swansea will have a similar experience and I think this will make for an even better game.
WSS: In the meantime of course, it's back to the league this week with a game against Cardiff Met who are coming off the back of a defeat, are you confident that you can keep your run of form going?
SW: Yes, we have had a run of good results leading up to this game and I have every confidence we are more than capable of getting the result and keeping the winning momentum going.
WSS: You can still claim a top two place if you finish the season well, would that represent a good season for the club if you could achieve it?
SW: Our aim is always to improve on the previous season. It's important for us to finish as high as possible for us to build on the positives going into next season.
Our thanks to Siobhan!
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