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Yeovil Town's Charlotte Haynes was today announced as the SSE Women's FA Cup Player of the Round after an outstanding performance in Yeovil's fourth round away trip to fellow Women's Super League 2 (WSL2) side Bristol City.
The award is a brand new initiative for The SSE Women's FA Cup, rewarding exceptional performances in each round of the competition and recognising the talent in the women's game.
Showing the form that won her a call up to the England under-19 squad last summer, Yeovil's young keeper put in a superb all round display. In the first half Haynes saved smartly from a fierce Bristol effort strike before racing off her line to bravely deny Bristol striker Millie Farrow.
Haynes continued to shine in the second half, saving brilliantly from a well hit Bristol volley and commanding her penalty area as Bristol threatened to break the deadlock. With both keepers playing well, the game remained goalless in normal time and went to penalties.
The shootout was a nervous affair with both teams missing spot kicks before Haynes got down quickly to deny Grace McCatty. Yeovil then converted to take the lead and Haynes was left to complete the job, diving full length to her left to touch Rosella Ayane's spot kick onto the post and propel Yeovil into the Fifth Round of the competition and a tie against Sunderland LFC this weekend.
The young keeper was delighted with the award and believes The SSE Women's FA Cup represents a great chance for Yeovil to shine:
"It's great to receive the award, winning on penalties was an amazing feeling but it was really a team effort, all the girls played brilliantly. Hopefully we can continue our run in the competition because it's an excellent opportunity for us to show what we can do."
This year's Final takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 14th May and thanks to The FA's partnership with SSE, all children will be able to attend for free. Adult tickets are priced £15 and group bookings and charter standard discounts are also available.
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