Beth Mead of Sunderland WFC

Ladies star up for the cup

by Ashley Houghton

Mead speaks ahead of Womens' League Cup semi-final.

Sunderland WFC striker Beth Mead has labelled this weekend’s Premier League Cup semi-final with Leeds United as the biggest game of their season to date.

The Lady Black Cats, who are undefeated in the 2012-13 campaign, saw off the Yorkshire side in last season’s final.

Leeds will want’s a big opportunity for both sides to prove a point

- Beth Mead

And the England U19 international says Mick Mulhern’s team are well aware of United wanting revenge for last season’s final.

“It’s a big game, probably the biggest of the season,” Mead told ahead of Sunday's game, which will take place ahead of this Sunday's game, which will kick off at 2pm at Eppleton CW.

“We beat them last season; we know they’ll definitely want revenge and they’ll come at us straight away but it’s a big opportunity for both sides to prove a point.”

The two sides have shared the points in the two previous meetings since the final and Mead is under no illusions regarding the test ahead.

“To be fair we picked up a couple of injuries last time we played them,” she explained.

“They know what we’re about and will set up defensively so it’s up to us to be clever in our own play.”

The 17-year-old striker has been placed on standby for the England U19 squad and, though she is proud to receive some recognition, she was disappointed to miss out on a place in the squad.

Mead, who has scored 24 goals this season, says missing out on the squad is a motivating factor as she looks to continue her excellent form with the Lady Black Cats.

“I was a bit disappointed to be put on standby, but I can now hopefully show them more of what I can do,” she said.

“There were big expectations on me to do well this season after I did so well last year, hopefully the hard work will pay off.”