Aston Villa v Leeds United
The FA Women’s Premier League Cup
2pm, Sunday 5 May 2013
Bootham Crescent, York City FC
Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions (under-16s, over-65s), family tickets for four are £10
Leeds United Ladies will use last year’s Premier League Cup Final heartbreak against Sunderland to spur them to victory in this season’s showpiece.
The Yorkshire outfit take on Aston Villa on Sunday, 12 months after losing to the Black Cats at the same stage.
And manager Andy Burgess believes his side are eager to make amends for that defeat.
He said: “Knowing my players and how hard they have worked, I’m hoping their experience of last year will give us the edge.
“They are still hurting from last year’s Final and they know they just didn’t turn up on the day. That doesn’t sit well with them and we are not prepared to let the same thing happen again.
“The players have worked ever so hard to get to The Final because they want to make up for that defeat to Sunderland.”
This is Burgess’s first year in charge of Leeds and the former Rushden & Diamonds player is delighted with how things have gone so far.
They are riding high in The FA Women’s Premier League and they came through seven tough ties to make it through to Sunday’s Final.
He added: “We have been a bit of a force in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons. I picked up the reins from Chris Welburn in the summer and the girls have really pushed on this year.
“The progression has been there for everyone to see and hopefully we can go one step further in this competition and win it.
“Aston Villa will give us a very tough game. They are a physical side and they beat us earlier in the season. They played very, very well against us that day and we know what we are up against. They have got some good young players and we know it’s going to be a battle.
“If we give 100 per cent and are beaten by Villa, then we’ll hold our hands up and congratulate them, but if we play how we know we can then we have got a great chance.”