Sunderland star ready for big Arsenal clash

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Sunderland Ladies star Beth Mead is pushing thoughts of awards to one side ... with a Wembley dream on her mind!

The 20-year-old striker, who topped the scoring charts in WSL1 last season, has been nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

It’s a cup final for us and all our focus is on that.

She looks likely to win both - at the end of last season she won the WSL Players Player of the Year, and also the FA Young England Player of the Year awards.

And not much has changes since last year - this season’s campaign is only a few weeks old and Mead already has two goals to her name.

But while picking up awards is a nice prospect, Mead has her sights on some other silverware - with Sunderland vying for a place at Wembley in the SEE FA Cup final on Sunday when they visit Arsenal in the semi-finals.

“We have got to concentrate on this weekend’s game,” she said.

“It’s a cup final for us and all our focus is on that. We want to prove to everyone we aren’t just one season wonders and that we can be up there with the big teams.

“If we want to improve on last year then this is a great opportunity for us.

“It’s a cup game, anything can happen and the group of players we have are more than capable of giving Arsenal a good game.”

On the award nominations, she said: “It was really nice to get the FA awards at the end of last season, but to be nominated for the PFA awards means that I’m being recognised on a global stage along with men’s football.

“To be up for both awards is amazing, it doesn’t feel real and it’s a dream come true.”