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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Cardiff City Ladies recorded the best result in the Fifth Round when they knocked out WSL2 side London Bees 1-0, courtesy of a Lauren Townsend penalty. Now they have landed another plum home tie against former Cup winners Everton.
Everton started life as Hoylake WFC in 1983. They merged with Dolphins YC to become Leasowe, then added Pacific to their title in a sponsorship deal. In 1987-88 they came to prominence by winning the North West League and reaching the Women's FA Cup Final, losing 3-1 to Doncaster Belles. They were back the following year and this time they beat Friends of Fulham 3-2.
They joined the FA Women's Premier League in 1993 and became known as Everton Ladies two years later. In 1997-98 they were crowned Premier League Champions, which is their biggest success to date.
Under the managership of Mo Marley, 2004-05 saw they reach the FA Women's Cup Final, only to lose 1-0 to Charlton Athletic. Revenge of sorts came two years later when Everton pipped Charlton to second place in the league and, due to Arsenal winning the UEFA Women's Cup, meaning a European debut for the Toffees the following season.
The club won the Premier League Cup for the first time in 2009, beating Arsenal 1-0 in the Final with a Jill Scott goal, but two months later the Gunners gained revenge by winning 1-0 in a title decider to pip Everton on goal difference. This was to be the fourth of five successive seasons in which Everton finished runners-up but in 2010 they won the FA Women's Cup for the second time, Natasha Dowie's extra time goal giving them a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
The following year they reached the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter finals, going out to FCR Duisburg, and became founder members of the FA WSL. After finishing third in each of the first two seasons, Mo Marley stepped down and under the management of Andy Spence, they ended up in fifth place last time around.
Andy Spence has put together a largely home grown squad with a lot of promising young talent. Michelle Hinnigan is the new captain and with exciting youngsters such as Nikita Parris and Alex Greenwood, along with older heads like Lindsay Johnson and Rachel Brown-Finnis, as well as the much awaited return from injury of Fern Whelan, the club is quietly confident it can acquit itself well this season.
Cardiff City Ladies (from): Sophie Dando, Lauren Townsend, Nicola Cousins, Kelly Aldridge, Louise Hutton, Kayleigh Green, Kelly Isaac, Michelle Green, Naomi Clipston, Beth Lloyd, Cori Williams, Hannah Daley, Zoe Atkins, Hannah Mills, Annie Pritchard, Hannah Daley, Gwennan Harries.
Everton (from): Rachel Brown-Finnis, Megan Walsh, Vicky Jones, Alex Greenwood, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Billie Murphy, Danielle Turner, Paige Williams, Amy Kane, Brooke Chaplen, Kelly Jones, Michelle Hinnigan, Simone Magill, Jody Handley, Nikita Parris, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Lucy Whipp.
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