The Arsenal Ladies defender
By Declan Taylor - Friday, 28 September, 2012
Gilly Flaherty wants to win The FA WSL at Meadow Park on Sunday
Arsenal Ladies v Doncaster Rovers Belles
The FA WSL
4.30pm, Sunday 30 September 2012
Live on ESPN
Arsenal Ladies star Gilly Flaherty started the week with a car crash but could end it by claiming her second FA WSL title medal.
The 21-year-old defender has already been part of the Arsenal first-team for a staggering six years and admits she has lost count of how many trophies she has racked up.
There will be another one to add to the collection on Sunday, if the Gunners can take at least a point from their clash with Doncaster Rovers Belles, which kicks off live on ESPN at 4.30pm.
And Flaherty says a second-successive WSL title will be extra special, because her and her team-mates will be celebrating in front of their own fans.
It would be quite a turnaround to a week which started in rather less exciting fashion.
She explained: "It wasn't a good start to the week on Monday morning.
"I was on my way into work and I had to drop something off with my mum on the way. There was a tree hanging out over the curb and I reversed into it. I hit it really hard but thankfully there was no real damage and I wasn't hurt. I just drove off embarrassed."
On Sunday's clash, Flaherty added: "We're not going to go out there thinking we've won it.
"We have got huge respect for Donny Belles but we want to carry on our form and our unbeaten run. We will treat it like any other game but we want to do it in style.
"Last year we won it away at Liverpool and that was a bit hard because we weren't at home to celebrate with our families and fans. If we do win the League on Sunday it will be in front of our fans who have been supportive all season and travelled all over the world to watch us."
Despite being only 21, Londoner Flaherty is one of the most experienced defenders in the division after joining the club's academy in 2003.
She said: "I've been in the first team for six years, I got in when I was 15.
"Playing for Arsenal Ladies was all I ever wanted and I'm living it now and winning trophies. But I have lost count of how many I've won now. I keep them all in a box in my room but I don't know how many are in there."
The only other WSL game this weekend is between Bristol Academy and Birmingham City Ladies, who currently sit second in the division.
Birmingham must win their game, which kicks off at 2pm, otherwise Arsenal will win the title before a ball is kicked in the later start at Boreham Wood.
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