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Ellen White was feeling on top of the world after her two goals helped Leeds Carnegie towards a 3-1 win over Everton in the Premier League Cup Final at Rochdale.
"It's unbelievable really - I've never won anything as part of a team before and I'm so proud of Leeds," said the highly rated young striker.
Just two weeks earlier, Leeds had been dealt the shattering news that their Super League application had been withdrawn and the club's future is now very uncertain. "I think it brought us together," admitted Ellen. "It's disappointing about the Super League but I think it made us more determined to win this match and win something.
"I'm enjoying playing and being a part of Leeds right now, after missing a lot of last season with injury. I like scoring goals but obviously the team winning is the most important thing."
Ellen did miss an opportunity early in the game but put it behind her before going on to record her two strikes. "I've learnt when playing football that you are going to miss sometimes and make mistakes during games but it's how you go on from that," she said, "so I was just pleased to score and get that two-goal lead as we were a bit 'against the alamo' to be honest for large parts of the second half."
"I don't even know how I scored the second goal - Carla (Cantrell) was one side of me and Sue (Smith) was the other and I didn't see them. I heard someone coming behind me and I thought to take a touch because if I took a shot they would block it. It went in and it was unbelievable, then I was celebrating with the team."
For Sue Smith, the win was an especially sweet one as it marked her first ever winner's medal after a number of defeats in Finals with both Leeds and Tranmere. "We always knew that we would score goals as Ellen and Carla have been doing it all season, we had to prevent them scoring and we did," she said.
"The first half was great and everything went to plan, the second half was more about defending and we knew that was going to happen, they are a great team with great players.
"The defence were phenomenal, all four of them, and the midfielders worked so hard in front of them as well, everyone worked for each other.
"Getting beaten by Arsenal on Sunday helped us in a way as we didn't want to feel like that again - we were so disappointed.
"I was getting to the point where I was starting to think I was never going to win anything but I always had belief in the team, as Rick (Passmoor) always said, we had potential but never lived up to it - tonight we did.
"On a personal note it's amazing - I spoke to Bass (Laura Bassett) after the game and told her I don't know to feel as I'm used to losing, it's bizarre at the moment and a bit of a blur.
"But I want this feeling again, in fact we all do."
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