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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Everton stormed into the Fourth Round of the Cup with a 7-0 victory over Stoke City, Emily Hollinshead netting twice along with Simone Magill, Michelle Hinnigan, Claudia Walker, Kelly Jones and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah. The WSL 2 side will host another high flying Northern Division side in the shape of Nottingham Forest, who beat Preston North End 2-0 with goals from Annabel McKechnie and Elizabeta Ejupi.
The first known existence of a female Forest team was that which competed in the Notts and Derby League in the early 1970s but the club in its current form was officially founded in 1990 by the NFFC Community arm and then developed by the players. The small group of young women advertised in the men's official programme against Everton for players to join them.
The club's first honour came in 1999-2000 when they won the Unison East Midlands League Cup, lifting the same trophy again two years later, before being crowned as League Champions in 2003. In their first season in the Midland Combination they were runners-up, but in 2005 they won the league title and promotion to the FA Women's Premier League.
They went on to win the Northern Division in 2008, taking themselves up to the top flight in women's football for the first time. The closest Forest have come to winning a major national trophy came in 2011 when they lost on penalties to Barnet in the Premier League Cup Final at Wycombe. They have twice reached the quarter finals of the FA Women's Cup, in 2003-04 and 2009-10.
Nottingham Forest are a thriving club at all levels with two senior teams and nine teams at junior level. PJ Andrews is Chairperson and a well known figure in women's football, while Fay Glover and former manager Lisa Dawkins occupy the roles of Secretary and Club Development Consultant respectively. Steve Stennett is Head Coach for the first team and long serving defender Kelly Kennaugh is captain, whilst experienced striker Andi Bell is having a fine season in front of goal with 19 in all competitions and Natasha Meade and Annabel McKechnie are other regulars on the scoresheet.
Everton (from): Kirstie Levell, Alex Brooks, Ellie Stewart, Faye Bryson, Gabrielle George, Laura Mellin, Claudia Walker, Danielle Turner, Jess King, Kelly Jones, Jenna Dear, Lauren Davies, Megan Finnigan, Michelle Hinnigan, Millie Turner, Sasha Rowe, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah, Emily Hollinshead, Simone Magill.
Nottingham Forest (from): Vanessa Kinnerley, Lyndsey Cunningham, Mariah Cameron, Alana Copeland, Millie Fugler, Demi Greenan, Megan Howard, Kelly Kennaugh, Kayla Kret, Amelia Robb, Elizabeta Ejupi, Charlotte Griffin, Shannon Weston, Jemma White, Andi Bell, Annabel McKechnie, Natasha Meade, Georgina Merritt, Grace Walters, Eleanor Betteridge.
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