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Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Southampton FC claimed another higher division scalp in the last round when goals from Ella Pusey and Kirsty Whitton gave them a hard fought 2-1 win away to Cardiff City Ladies. They have been rewarded with a home tie against Championship opposition in the form of Coventry United, who enter the competition at this stage. The match will be played at the St Mary's Stadium.
Founded in 1991, the club began life in the West Midlands Regional League. In 1997, as Coventry City, they were promoted into the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division, where they stayed until relegation in 2002.
In 2002-03 the club developed closer relations with Coventry City F.C. while revamping and expanding the youth centre of excellence. In 2004 the club were promoted back to the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division, but lasted only a season at the higher level. After three consecutive runners-up finishes, Coventry won the Midland Combination again in 2010 - scoring 66 goals in 22 league games.
The club played at Coventry University Sports and Conference Centre, Westwood Heath and at Coventry Sphinx FC, before moving to the Oval, Bedworth. In August 2014 the club announced a move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the 2014-15 season. Midway through the 2014-15 season, Coventry Ladies were forced out of the Ricoh Arena after the arrival of Wasps RFC to the Ricoh. They found themselves playing at the Bedworth Oval once again.
In July 2015 they merged with Coventry United and moved into the Butts Park Arena, home of Coventry R.F.C. where Coventry United play. April 2019 saw the side win the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division, the third tier in the women's game, and with it promption to the FA Women's Championship. However they were beaten by Blackburn Rovers in the FAWNL Championship play-off match.
The team is managed by Jay Bradford with Sue Wood as captain and Amber Hughes is the current leading scorer with five league goals to her name.
Southampton FC (from): Kayla Rendell, Sara Luce, Ella Morris, Shelly Provan, Kirsty Whitton, Kelly Fripp, Georgie Freeland, Phoebe Williams, Ella Pusey, Shannon Sievwright, Ellie Chaffe, Sophia Pharoah, Tiffany Taylor, Caitlin Morris, Alisha Ware, Chloe Newton, Rachel Panting, Sam Burt, Rachel Woods, Charley Evans, Chloe Gilroy, Shannon Albuery.
Coventry United (from): Sue Wood, Sian Johnson, Nikki Miles, Jodie Bartle, Rosie Axten, Shannon O'Brien, Amy Wathan, Amber Hughes, Hayley Crackle, Dayna Chong, Helen Dermody, Beth Merrick, Fiona Worts, Chelsea Weston, Katy Morris, Becky Anderson, Ffion Morgan, Caitlin Stephenson, Jenna Roberts, Yasmine Klucis, Maz Gauntlett.
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