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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Charlton Athletic have a proud history in this competition and they are through to the quarter finals once again after a Kit Graham double and Charlotte Gurr gave them a 3-1 win away to Cardiff City Ladies. The Addicks have landed a plum draw with a London derby match against Arsenal, who beat Millwall Lionesses 1-0 with a Beth Mead goal, rekindling memories of some great battles between the teams in the early 2000's, which included two FA Cup Finals.
Arsenal Ladies FC were formed in 1987 by Vic Akers, who enjoyed a 22-year stint as manager of the club prior to moving upstairs to a general manager role in 2009. Vic now assumes the role of Honorary President of Arsenal Ladies. Under Akers, the Gunners collected a stunning 33 major trophies - including a domestic and European quadruple in 2007. His total haul included a UEFA Women's Cup, three domestic trebles, 12 Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and 10 League Cups. It was a remarkable set of achievements that cemented Arsenal Ladies as the foremost women's football club in this country.
At present the Gunners have won 43 trophies in their 31-year history. None of this could have happened without the outstanding backing and support of Arsenal Football Club itself.
In 2014, former player and development manager Clare Wheatley was offered the General Manager's role after 18 years at the club. Clare oversees a staff of nine, who all work solely to develop and co-ordinate the club's female side.
Arsenal's most decorated year was the 2006-07 season when they secured the historic quadruple to mark their 20th anniversary. The Gunners - with probably the best women's team this country has ever seen - became the first British team to win the UEFA Women's Cup, beating Swedish side Umea 1-0 over a two-legged final.
The 2011 season was a groundbreaking one for the Gunners, and for the women's game in general. It was the inaugural year of the Women's Super League (WSL), which Arsenal won after fighting out a close battle with Birmingham City and perennial rivals Everton. There was further success in 2012 when the Ladies won the WSL yet again and the Continental Cup for the third time in three years in 2013. They then added the FA Cup twice consecutively in 2013 and 2014. The Gunners then won the Continental Cup in 2015 in Pedro Martinez Losa's first full season, which also marked a decade of success. As well as the first team, Arsenal Ladies also comprises a reserve side and teams at under-17, under-15, under-13, under-11 and under-9 levels. Arsenal won the SSE Women's FA Cup in 2016 with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Final at Wembley Stadium, thanks to a stunning goal from Danielle Carter.
Joe Montemurro took over as manager in November and he has already continued the club's tradition of winning major trophies, lifting the Continental Tyres Cup for a fifth time this week with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, Dutch international striker Vivianne Miedema scoring the winning goal.
Arsenal (from): Sari Van Veenendaal, Lisa Evans, Emma Mitchell, Louise Quinn, Leah Williamson, Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Kim Little, Vivianne Miedema, Danielle Van De Donk, Anna Moorhouse, Alex Scott, Katie McCabe, Heather O'Reilly, Jemma Rose, Dominique Janssen, Beth Mead, Jessica Samuelsson, Lauren James, Ava Kuyken, Josephine Henning.
Charlton Athletic (from): Katie Startup, Chloe Brunton-Wilde, Hannah Churchill, Charley Clifford, Grace Coombs, Kim Dixson, Ellie Dorey, Kit Graham, Georgia Griffin, Charlotte Gurr, Flo Jackson, Charlotte Lee, Olivia Lukasewich, Daisy Monaghan, Hope Nash, Elle Nelson, Nicole Pepper, Sam Pittuck, Kerry Walklett, Beth Weller.
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