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11 December 2019 Venue Proact Stadium Attendance

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Sheffield United
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Coventry United

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Carla Ward's Blades targeting cup quarter-finals

10 December 2019

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Off the back of Sunday's 3-1 win against London Bees, Sheffield United Women face another important home game on Wednesday night at the Proact Stadium against Coventry United.

The match marks the end of the Continental Cup group stages and Carla Ward's Blades currently sit top of Group A with the top two teams qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Wins against FA WSL side Liverpool plus Blackburn Rovers and Durham has left United in a healthy position, with a positive result on Wednesday enough to see them into the quarter-finals for the first time.

Should the Blades better Durham's result in their final game away at Liverpool, it will clinch top spot in the group and ensure a home quarter-final against one of the other three second placed qualifiers from Groups B, C or D.

Should the Blades drop to second they will still qualify but would make a tough away game against the winners from Groups B, C or D, currently likely to be Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.

United beat Coventry 5-1 in the league earlier this season but Wednesday's visitors have enjoyed improved form lately and beat FA Women's Championship leaders Aston Villa on penalties in their last Continental Cup match.

Ward's side opened up the competition with a stunning victory away at former FA WSL champions Liverpool.

Katie Wilkinson's equaliser in the second half was well deserved but after falling behind, two superb late goals from Maddy Cusack and Jade Pennock sealed a stunning comeback and a vital three points to kick things off.

Ward made changes to the side for the trip to Aston Villa and United fell to a 3-1 defeat. Pennock's goal got the team back in it but even Veatriki Sarri's penalty miss deep into stoppage time would have been little difference in the end.

But the Blades bounced back with two wins out of two in November to put themselves in pole position to make it out of the group.

A 4-1 win at home to Blackburn got things off to a good start, two goals from Wilkinson in the first half putting the Blades in a commanding position before Sam Tierney scored her first goal for the club and Pennock added a fourth late on.

United went to Durham needing a win to give themselves a chance of progression and a big win to overturn their goal difference, and a big win is what they got.

Keri Matthews scored her first goal for the club before Aimee Palmer and Pennock made it 3-0, with Cusack's late volley the goal that moved the Blades above Durham heading into the final game of the group.

With the Coventry United match sandwiched between the win against Bees and a trip to Leicester City this weekend, Ward will once again utilise her squad but has belief in whichever players are selected on Wednesday night.

"It's another big game and it will probably show what our squad is about because again there will be some rotation and a chance for players to get minutes. I think any eleven we put out at the minute can compete, we've showed that with the way we won at Durham and it will be no different on Wednesday because we know we can use our whole squad."


Kick-off against Coventry United is 7:30pm on Wednesday 11th December at the Proact Stadium.
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United Women 2-2 Coventry - report

11 December 2019

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Sheffield United Women booked their spot in the Continental Cup quarter-finals for the first time despite a penalty shootout defeat.

With the Blades trailing 2-0 with just a point needed to progress, a double from Katie Wilkinson, the latter of which came in the 87th minute, sealed the one point that was needed.

A penalty shootout defeat meant a nervy wait for the Aston Villa result to see if top spot had been secured and a home quarter-final, with the FA Women's Championship league leaders not finding the extra goals they needed to go above Carla Ward's side.

In truth, United could only blame themselves for falling behind after largely dominating the ball but they just couldn't put it in the back of the net.

The Blades started on the front foot with Wilkinson in particular having several good chances with her head before the visitors took the lead with their first attack on the half hour mark.

Shannon O'Brien's lobbed effort beat Emily Batty and went in off the post and left the Blades chasing the game.

Aimee Palmer curled a free-kick just over before Ward introduced Jade Pennock and Olivia Fergusson off the bench for the second half.

The hosts continued to push but were either thwarted by good goalkeeping or resolute defending, and disaster struck when Helen Dermody slid home a cross with 25 minutes to go to double the deficit.

It left United needing two goals to secure qualification, the first of those coming just moments later when Wilkinson swept home a cross from close range.

The Blades then lay siege to the Coventry goal, Palmer seeing an effort deflected wide, Alethea Paul saw a volley saved before Wilkinson went closest of all when her lobbed effort clipped the post and went wide.

It felt like one of those days until Wilkinson stepped up just in the nick of time and bent home a superb free-kick with just minutes to go to earn United the point they needed.

With the game settled on penalties, Wilkinson, Palmer and Pennock all missed, leaving Paul's solo effort not enough to take the bonus point, but it didn't stop United securing a home quarter-final against either Reading, Brighton or holders Manchester City.


Blades: Batty, Barker, Tierney, Hartley, Lipka (Cusack 61), Wilkinson, Paul, Dixon (Fergusson 46), Matthews (Pennock 46), Palmer, Sarri.
Unused: Flaherty.

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