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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Sheffield FC are into new territory in the FA Women's Cup, reaching the Fifth Round for the first time after Rebecca Lee, Jodie Michalska, Suzanne Davies and Emma Johnson scored the goals to give them a 4-0 victory over Radcliffe Olympic. The Northern Division Champions now have an intriguing tie away to Aston Villa, who reached this stage by beating Yeovil Town 2-1 with goals from Olivia Fergusson and Katie Wilkinson.
Aston Villa Ladies Football Club was formed in 1973 as Solihull FC. When Aston Villa asked for help in forming a ladies team in 1989, Solihull responded.
The club agreed to change their name in 1996 to become the officially recognised ladies team of Aston Villa. In 1998 the Senior Team won promotion to the Northern Division of the FA Women's Premier League.
Also reaching the 1995 League Cup Final, after a few seasons in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division, finishing in mid-table Aston Villa took full responsibility of the Ladies team in 2007 and have fully integrated them into the Aston Villa family.
The ladies won promotion from the Northern Division in the 2010-11 season to the National Division and in the following campaign, 2011-12, Villa finished in third place in the National Division, their highest ever finish.
Aston Villa's first major national trophy came the following season as they won the Premier League Cup in its final year of the winter pyramid. This was achieved by beating Leeds Utd in a penalty shootout in the Final at York.
When the list of clubs was announced to join the newly formed FA WSL 2 in 2014, Aston Villa were among the inaugural members and they finished a highly credible fourth place in the first season.
The team is managed by Ron Mellor with Joe Hunt as Head Coach. Karl Fellows and Andrew Coley undertake the roles of Coach and Goalkeeper Coach respectively, whilst Andy Frampton is Sports Therapist and Liam Newton is Sports Scientist.
The Villa squad also contains several England youth internationals, including club captain Sherry McCue who led England to the UEFA Under-19 Championship Final in 2013 and the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup earlier this year. Sarah Mayling, Caitlin Leach and Olivia Fergusson are some of their highly promising younger players and full back Hayley Crackle is a full Northern Ireland international.
The match takes place at Sutton Coldfield Town FC (2pm) and is set to be one of the most fascinating ties in the round.
Aston Villa (from): Caitlin Leach, Hayley Crackle, Hannah George, Sherry McCue, Maisie Baker, Jade Richards, Olivia Fergusson, Maddy Cusack, Katie Wilkinson, Sarah Mayling, Alicia Robinson, Lucy Porter, Chloe Beattie, Katy Moran, Emily Owen, Elisha N'Dow, Abi Cottam, Beth Merrick, Natasha Baptiste, Kerri Welsh, Jess Myers, Lauren Haynes.
Sheffield FC (from): Claire Wallhead, Kirsty Richardson, Sophie Crosby, Becky Lee, Danielle Cox, Billie Murphy, Ellie Gilliatt, Aimee Johnson, Lisa Giampalma, Carla Ward, Kerry Parkin, Kim Turner, Jess Horsley, Leanne de Silva, Lynn Goodman, Suzanne Davies, Amy Beanland, Abbie McIver, Jodie Michalska, Emma Johnson.
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