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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Alethea Paul and Veatriki Sarri scored the goals as Sheffield Utd won 2-0 away to Loughborough Foxes to reach the last sixteen for the first time in their history. The Blades now travel to take on fellow FA Women's Championship side Aston Villa, who came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 thanks to Kerri Welsh and Sophie Haywood.
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, Villa won promotion to the Northern Division of the FA Women's Premier League. The club earned a spot in Women's Super League Two, as it was formerly known, in 2011 before winning their only major honour in the FA Women's League Cup two years later.
At just 27-years-old, Gemma Davies is one of the youngest Head Coaches in women's football. With a UEFA A Licence to her name, she has set about implementing her own ideas since taking over in June.
The squad includes the likes of Jodie Hutton, a powerful winger with a wicked left foot, she has made herself a first team regular at the age of just 17. The homegrown talent showed flashes of her influence in pre-season, netting five times in six games. The club's longest serving player, Jade Richards was appointed captain during the summer after the retirement of Chloe Jones. Dominant in the air, Richards leads by example from centre back. Elisha N'dow has been a mainstay of the Aston Villa team for the past few years, cementing herself as a key component on the backline. Quick and tough in the tackle, expect to see N'dow starting attacks from the back.
Aston Villa (from): Sian Rogers, Hayley Crackle, Asmita Ale, Ria Elsmore, Elisha N'Dow, Jade Richards, Alice Hassall, Aoife Hurley, Alison Hall, Kerri Welsh, Amy West, Jodie Hutton, Hollie Gibson, Tanisha Smith, Sophie Haywood, Aja Aguirre, Natasha Baptiste, Phoebe Warner, Nadine Hanssen, Ashlee Brown.
Sheffield Utd (from): Nikki Davies, Sophie Barker, Sam Tierney, Jade Pennock, Dan Cox, Nik Kemp, Ellie Gilliatt, Sophie Jones, Bex Rayner, Alethea Paul, Chloe Dixon, Hollie Barker, Jodie Hartley, Izzy Ford, Tania Marsden, Veatriki Sarri, Maddy Cusack, Jodie Michalska, Lisa Ryan, Lauren Joyce, Ellie Fletcher, Ebony Salmon.
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