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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Goals from Kimberly Farrow and Dani Petrovic gave Aston Villa a 2-1 victory away to Curzon Ashton and took them into the quarter finals and a plum home tie against Chelsea.
Chelsea booked their place in the quarter finals by winning in extra time for the second successive round, this time beating Millwall Lionesses 3-1 thanks to Drew Spence, Dunia Susi and Emma Whitter.
Supporters wishing to have a female section to the club founded Chelsea LFC in 1992. The main football club allowed the use of the Chelsea name and the ladies section continued to run under the guidance of volunteers and supporters up until as recently as last season.
With ladies football being the fastest growing sport in the country and the arrival of Roman Abramovich to Chelsea, the main club was now in a position to invest in the women's game. A five-year strategy was put in place and the first year target of promotion from the Southern Division of the Premier League as Champions was achieved. With top flight status retained following a play-off victory against Liverpool, the club is now in its fifth season in the National Division having finished third last year.
Chelsea will also be aiming to reach the semi final stage of the F.A.Women's Cup for the second season in a row and to make it through to a major Final for the first time in their history.
The team is managed by Matt Beard, assisted by Simon O'Neill and Michelle Norton is physiotherapist. Casey Stoney continues in the role and the side contains several current England internationals such as Danielle Buet, Siobhan Chamberlain and Dunia Susi. The squad also includes a number of highly rated younger players including Shelby Hills, Rebecca Jane and Katy Ling whilst the likes of Kylie Davies, Clare Rafferty and Sophie Perry are all tipped for big futures in the game.
The game takes place at Sutton Coldfield Town FC this Sunday and Chelsea will go into the match as firm favourites, although Villa have a number of players with top flight experience and will hope to push their big name rivals all the way for the right to play Arsenal in the semi finals.
Aston Villa (from): Nicola Kuch, Christina Johnston, Natalie Courtney, Megan Wilton, Erin Vaughan, Jenny Lowe, Kelly Saggs, Alexa Passingham, Louise Fellows, Natalie Reay, Chloe Dale, Natasha Merritt, Kelly Clarke, Emma Follis, Dani Petrovic, Jo Dunne, Natalie Gibson, Chantelle Reeve, Carly Davies, Keeley Lowe, Kimberly Farrow.
Chelsea (from): Siobhan Chamberlain, Casey Stoney, Leanne Champ, Kylie Davies, Shelby Hills, Dunia Susi, Drew Spence, Danni Buet, Clare Rafferty, Rebecca Jane, Emma Whitter, Emily Morphitis, Sox Goodall, Eartha Pond, Sophie Perry, Katy Ling.
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