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Rachel aiming to break Cup duck
 Women's Football News 3 May 2010
Rachel aiming to break Cup duck - 3 May 2010 - Women's Football NewsRachel Brown says that she and her Everton team mates are fully focused ahead of the F.A.Women's Cup Final on Bank Holiday Monday.
Everton have not lifted the trophy since 1998 and are appearing in the Final for the first time in five years. "I can't really describe how much we want it and how much it would mean to us (to lift the trophy)," said Rachel. "We've been together as a group of players now for a good number of years and we've not really turned our talent into success on numerous occasions, so it's maybe one of our last chances and hopefully one of our best chances to win it.
"We've gathered a bit of momentum in the last few games, hopefully we can go into the Final as positive as we can be. Mo (Marley) says that, every game we are playing in now, we are playing for our places and I think this season, more than ever, there is that element of competition for every single place on the pitch. I don't think there is one person who has played every game - every single person has been rotated at some point and the players coming in can do a really good job.
"Most of our players are internationals, so yes there is good competition for places and it's been really healthy in the past few weeks."
Everton were beaten in the Premier League Cup Final by Leeds Carnegie back in February and Rachel admits that the memory of that defeat is haunting the players. "I think that was one of the most disappointing performances I've been a part of, from myself right through to all the outfield players," she revealed. "We just totally under-performed. Leeds played well on the day but we totally let ourselves down. I think that's been in the back of our minds, but now we've turned it into a positive thing. It's going to spur us on and make us more determined to put on a good show."
Rachel doesn't have a very good record in the FA Women's Cup despite having played in her first Final for Liverpool at the age of fifteen. "We actually played against Croydon, who then turned into Charlton," she recalls. "Hope Powell was actually playing and scored a goal against us. We lost the game on penalties - I saved two but our team mates blew some over the bar!
"I had a taste of this very early on - I've never won this trophy. I wouldn't say I'm in the twilight of my career but it's been a long time since 1996, so I am very determined to put things right."
That would mean putting one over on Arsenal and ending their run of domination in the competition. "I think we owe them more than one, but this is our last chance to actually show that," says Rachel. "So hopefully, come the big day, we'll have all these things in the back of our minds. Arsenal seem to have had that edge over us where they've been able to scrape results over us. We need to learn from our previous performances and from teams like Arsenal and how good they are at digging out results. We need to put those things into practice, and hopefully we'll get it right on the day."

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