City Ladies v Sheffield FC: Match Preview
- Fri 01 Feb 2013, 1:23PM
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC / Words by Kevin Sims
It's FA Cup 3rd Round weekend and the draw has provided City Ladies with a tough cup tie against Sheffield FC.
Sheffield Football Club was founded in 1857 and is most noted for the fact that they are the world's oldest club now playing Association football. They have been bestowed with the FIFA Order of Merit and commemorated by the English Football Hall of Fame for their significant place in football history.
The Ladies first team is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season following its formation in the summer of 2003. Starting at the bottom of the women's football pyramid, the Sheffield FC ladies has experienced a remarkable rise, including three promotions in the last five seasons.
Sheffield FC Ladies currently play in the Northern Women's Premier League, one division below the Blues, playing at the same ground as their men's side, the Coach and Horses Ground in Dronfield, Derbyshire. This was the scene of one of the toughest matches City played last season in their Championship run, winning 2-1 in a physical contest.
Sheffield are looking strong in the league this season, currently unbeaten at the top of the league they disposed of title rivals Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the previous round and will be looking to get one over City this weekend to avenge last season's two defeats.
City, without a first team fixture in the last few weekends, played the next generation of City starlets in the County Cup, running out 17-0 winners against local side Middleton Athletic. Familiar faces returned for the WSL pre-season fixture against Liverpool this past Sunday and were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline against a completely revamped Liverpool squad who are now enjoying the financial backing of Liverpool FC, signing England internationals such as Centurion Fara Williams, Natasha Dowie and Gemma Bonner.
The Ladies kick off at 2pm, playing at the Regional Athletics Arena, just across from the Etihad. With the men's First team due to kick off at 4pm against Liverpool why not head down a little earlier and show the Ladies some City Support?
The match will be FREE ENTRY for all MCFC season ticket and LFC match ticket holders, under 16's are free also. All other spectators will be admitted at the usual cost of £2. If you can't make it be sure to follow the action LIVE on twitter @MCLFC.
FA WOMEN'S CUP 3RD ROUND DRAW:
Middlesbrough v Sunderland
Charlton Athletic v Oxford United
Newcastle United v Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City v Morecambe
Tottenham Hotspur v Cardiff City
Reading v Brighton & Hove Albion
Portsmouth v Queens Park Rangers
Ipswich Town v Aston Villa
Barnet v Yeovil Town
Leafield Athletic v Sporting Club Albion
Preston North End v Millwall Lionesses
Swindon Town v Gillingham
Leeds United v West Ham United
Manchester City v Sheffield FC
Derby County v Watford
Sheffield United Community v Nottingham Forest or Bradford City