White is second Aylesbury player to make FA Cup final

Ellen White celebrates
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Anything Emmerson Boyce can do, Ellen White can do too.

That is certainly the case this week after Aylesbury’s Arsenal and England women’s striker followed in Wigan star Boycie’s footsteps by helping her side to an FA Cup final.

White continued her fine scoring form to help fire the Gunners’ Ladies through to the showpiece event with a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield on Friday night.

Former Grand School pupil White opened the scoring midway through the first half before Liverpool equalised and Arsenal grabbed a deserved winner.

White will face Bristol Academy on Sunday may 26 at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, a match which will be screened live on BBC2.

White’s success comes hot on the heels of former Quarrendon School pupil Boyce leading his Latics side to a first ever FA Cup final.

And a delighted White said losing to her old club Chelsea in last year’s semi-finals was the inspiration driving their push to the final.

“We are all incredibly pleased and excited to be in the final,” White said.

“I think losing to Chelsea last year in the semi-finals was a massive blow for us all and we definitely used that experience as an incentive in the win over Liverpool.

“It was amazing to play at Anfield knowing so many great footballers have played on the same pitch, and to score was a great moment.

“But ultimately is was so pleasing to win and reach the final.

“The FA Cup Final is such a massive day in the Women’s calendar and we were desperate to be involved in that this year.

“Now we look forward to playing Lincoln away on Thursday evening in the Continental Cup and then we are playing Liverpool again, and this time it will be at the Emirates.

“The Emirates is an unbelievable stadium and last year I was injured when we played Birmingham, which was frustrating to sit and watch on the sidelines.

“So I am hoping to avenge that feeling this year and get the chance again to play on the pitch.”