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Football - 11. March 2011.

Natasha Dowie targets FA Cup repeat for Everton

Everton are aiming to retain their FA Women's Cup title this year, despite being drawn against 12-time Premier League champions Arsenal in the Fifth Round, played at Marine FC's ground on Sunday.

Report by David Brenchley

The two sides are currently Champions League quarter finalists but the losers of their FA Cup clash will have to become European champions if they are to represent England in the tournament again next year.

This year's FA Cup finalists will qualify for next season's Champions League and Everton striker Natasha Dowie is taking no chances and wants to compete in the final at the Ricoh Arena in May.

"It does bring back great memories of the final last year," Dowie told BBC Radio Merseyside. "Myself and Everton would love to get there again as a team. But it's going to be hard work on Sunday, so lets just hope it's a good result for us."

The 22-year-old made her first final appearance in 2006 when her Charlton Athletic side lost 4-1 to Arsenal but she grabbed the extra time winner against the Gunners last May.

"Hopefully I can do the same again this time, but I don't care who scores as long as we win. It will be a really tough game," she added.

"If we want to win the FA Cup we've got to play against the best teams and Arsenal have proved that for a long time."

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