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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Sunderland produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Manchester City 4-0 and reach the quarter finals for the third time in succession. Now Mick Mulhern's side will face a stiff test in the shape of FA WSL side Liverpool, who went one better in the last round with a 5-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Liverpool Ladies FC was formed as Newton Ladies in 1989, changing to become Knowsley United Women's Football Club in 1991. They were founder members of the FA Women's Premier League in 1992 and a year later, they reached the first ever Premier League Cup Final where they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal.
Over the next three years they could not have come any closer to landing their first major trophy as they reached three successive F.A.Women's Cup Finals but were narrowly defeated on each occasion. In 1994 they were beaten 1-0 by Doncaster Belles in front of 1,674 at Scunthorpe's Glanford Park but in the same year, the club's association with Liverpool Football club started and under their new name of Liverpool Ladies FC, they reached the Final again twelve months later where they went down 3-2 to Arsenal.
The most heartbreaking defeat came in 1996 when they lost to Croydon on a penalty shootout after the sides had finished level at 1-1 at The Den. A certain Hope Powell scored Croydon's goal that day and also converted a penalty past Liverpool's goalkeeper, 15-year-old Rachel Brown.
This was the last occasion that Liverpool have reached a major Final to date and the first decade of the new century was spent as a 'yo-yo' club between the top two divisions. Indeed they have won the Northern Division three times in 2004, 2007 and 2010 - a feat equally only by Sunderland - and also reached the Premier League Cup semi finals on two occasions.
Liverpool became founder members of the FA WSL in 2011 but finished at the foot of the table in each of the first two seasons. They did suffer another near miss in the F.A.Women's Cup two years ago when they reached the semi finals, only to be beaten by Bristol Academy.
In 2013, Liverpool Ladies became fully integrated into Liverpool Football Club. Matt Beard - who guided Chelsea to last season's Final - became the club's first full time manager and the squad has been extensively rebuilt. England star Fara Williams has joined along with the likes of Becky Easton, who returns to the club where she started her career, Natasha Dowie and the highly promising Gemma Bonner, and the club has recruited heavily from overseas. USA international defender Whitney Engen has joined along with Louise Fors, capped around 30 times for Sweden, and powerful Icelandic midfielder Katrin Omarsdottir. Another American, Amanda Da Costa, is set to make a big impact as is German winger Nicole Rolser.
Off the pitch, Colin Charlton undertakes the hardworking role of Secretary in Mark Veidman is Club Chairman. The club has also moved its home base this season to the Halton Stadium, home of Widnes Rugby League Club.
This match provides a huge test for Sunderland, the double Premier League Champions, as they take on Liverpool's new look side in what should be a very entertaining match at the Academy of Light (2pm).
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.
Liverpool (from): Sarah Quantrill, Danielle Gibbons, Sam Chappell, Whitney Engen, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze, Katie Brusell, Katrin Omarsdottir, Natasha Dowie, Louise Fors, Nicole Rolser, Becky Easton, Amanda Da Costa, Michelle Evans, Jess Holbrook, Lizzie Ince, Caroline Charlton, Lillie Billson, Corina Schroder, Hannah Keryakoplis, Sophia Riccio.
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