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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Sunderland are through to the last sixteen once again after goals from Beth Mead and Sophie Williams gave them a 2-1 win away to Sporting Club Albion. The Wearsiders will now be at home to fellow National Division side Manchester City.
Manchester City Ladies FC was formed in the summer of 1987 by a group of female footballers who were City fans. They joined Division Two of the North West Women's Football league for the 1989-90 season. By the summer of 1997 the club was able to establish a junior section for the first time in its history. From then on the club has gone from strength to strength and now boasts eight teams from Under-10 up to the two open age teams. The club currently has over 130 registered players across all age groups, and is constantly looking for talented players and enthusiastic youngsters.
The club is managed by a volunteer Committee who give up a great deal of their time and energy to ensure the club is run in a professional manner. All team managers/coaches are volunteers and hold an FA level 1, 2 or 3 qualifications in coaching, and Child Protection and First Aid certification.
The First team play in the National Division, with the Reserve team playing in the FA Women's Reserve League. A Development team and Under-16s play in the Greater Manchester Women's League with all the other junior teams participating in either the South Manchester Girls Football League, West Lancashire Girls Football League. In 2003, the club achieved the FA Charter Standard Club award for both junior and adult sections and were the first all-female football club to achieve this in Manchester. The club has subsequently progressed to FA Charter Development status.
City's teams regularly collect honours at all levels and in 2009 the Under-16 team won the Tesco UK Championships at the Reebok Stadium beating Celtic Ladies. Over the last few years we have developed close links with City In The Community (CITC) who provide invaluable assistance, with new kit, fundraising activities and have helped to secure the Regional Athletics Arena, Sportcity for the First team's home matches and local training facilities.
In August 2012, the club signed an agreement with Manchester City FC to form a new limited company. This new partnership will help secure the future success and development of Manchester City Ladies FC and is the start of an exciting new era for the club.
The team is managed by Leigh Wood and captain is Lindsay Savage, who has scored 105 goals in 350 appearances - both club records. Andrea Worrall, Charlotte Farrell, Danielle Young, Kelly McLellan and Levi Wensley have all played more than 100 times for the club and a number of the squad have WSL experience.
The Hetton Centre will host the tie which will see Sunderland start as favourites but City will look to the recent league meeting where they were leading when the game was abandoned late on, so they will be confident of reaching the last eight for the first time.
Sunderland (from): Helen Alderson, Abby Holmes, Vicky Greenwell, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Rachel Furness, Sarah McFadden, Kelly McDougall, Beth Mead, Natalie Gutteridge, Sophie Williams, Keira Ramshaw, Rachael Laws, Jordan Atkinson, Becky Salicki, Hannah Caldwell, Ellie Christon, Robin Chidester, Abbey Joice, Ruth Sutcliffe.
Manchester City (from): Carly Bayley, Danielle Brown, Sarah Buffel, Sarah Danby, Chelsea Flanagan, Nicola Harding, Krystle Johnston, Saffron Jordan, Rebecca Lee, Kelly McLellan, Abbie McManus, Felicity Middleton, Chelsea Nightingale, Lindsay Savage, Lynda Shepherd, Andrea Worrall, Danielle Young.
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