Pre-Match Report

Ladies: Arsenal v Notts County - Preview

Katie McCabe

By Connor Armstrong

Katie McCabe’s wait for her first goal in Arsenal colours goes on, but she hopes Pedro Martinez Losa’s faith will soon be rewarded.

The Gunners host Notts County at Meadow Park on Sunday, having drawn 2-2 with the Lady Pies when the two sides last met in April.

McCabe - who joined the club from Shelbourne Ladies in December - is hoping for another start, after impressing in recent weeks.

She played the full 90 minutes as the Gunners won 3-1 against Reading Women to secure Continental Cup progression, with Sunday’s opponents, Notts County, awaiting Arsenal in the quarter-finals.

However, the 20-year-old is still waiting for her first goal for the club after an inspired performance from Reading’s goalkeeper last weekend.

“Mary Earps, fair play to her, pulled off several good saves,” McCabe told “I thought I was going to get my first goal in an Arsenal shirt but hopefully that’ll come in the next game.

“It’s always brilliant to start,” she continued. “We’ve been working hard over the international break so it was obviously nice to get some minutes last week against Sunderland and then in midweek against Birmingham, but to start is a joy really.

“In my first game of the season, Pedro started me and it’s always nice to have that confidence from the manager.

“That gives me a boost on the training ground every day and bringing that into games is the key thing now.

“If I have to come off the bench and help the team then I will, but hopefully I’ll get to start.”

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