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WSL: Arsenal chase cup final place

PUBLISHED: 09:54 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 January 2018

Balls on the pitch before play (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Balls on the pitch before play (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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A place in the FA Women’s Super League Continental Tyres Cup awaits Arsenal or Reading, with the two set to meet in a semi-final showdown at Adams Park on Sunday.

The victor will face Chelsea or Manchester City in the first cup final of this season but the sides will know a big 90-minute performance is required before then.

Reading topped Group One South, which included Arsenal, with four wins from four, but required penalties to see off Everton in the quarter-finals.

A 1-1 draw after extra time sent the game into a shootout, with Kirsty Linnett eventually finding the back of the net with the crucial spot-kick.

The Royals were beaten last weekend by Manchester City in the league while Arsenal head to Wycombe off the back of a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea.

Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Reading in the group stage, when Fara Williams hit a sensational strike from the halfway line, but managed to qualify as a group runner-up before seeing off Sunderland 3-1 in a quarter-final tie.

These two teams face a pair of league meetings in the near future but will be looking to book a place in the final of the Continental Tyres Cup first.

After her outstanding showing against Arsenal in the group stage, Williams is surely one that the Gunners need to keep an eye on once again.

The former Arsenal player is no stranger to Sunday’s opponents and she has five goals in all competitions for Reading so far this year.

Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs said: “We want to win every trophy we can. It was disappointing to drop points in our last game but whatever we play in, it’s a big game.

“Cup games are always special for us. There were positives against Chelsea that we can take forward into this game. We’ll need to tighten up on a few things because we can’t concede three goals again.

“Joe (Montemurro, manager) coming in and pushing us as players has been fantastic and our last performance showed that. We just need to take our chances and I’m sure we can win.”

*To buy tickets to an FA Women’s Super League match near you, see fawsl.com/tickets.

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