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Women's FA Cup Preview

25 January 2020

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Sheffield United Women enter the Women's FA Cup this weekend with a home game against 2012 winners Birmingham City.

The FA Women's Super League side, managed by Marta Tejedor, reached the final again in 2017 when they lost 4-1 to Manchester City at Wembley and now get set to visit the Proact Stadium on Sunday as all FA WSL and FA WC sides enter this weekend.

Despite the fact the two sides are in different leagues, this is not the first meeting between the two since the Blades entered the Championship 18 months ago.

The two met in the Continental League Cup at the start of last season when goals from England international Lucy Staniforth and Shania Hayles sealed a 2-0 win.

Birmingham's side has changed a lot since then, but the likes of Staniforth remain, but the Blades will be hoping to call on the spirit they showed at Liverpool earlier in the season to pull off another upset this weekend.

Manager Carla Ward certainly believes her side can gain a result this weekend and drew upon the recent performance against two-time winners Manchester City.

"It's another free hit and if we defend like we did against Man City then we've got a chance. We've got pace and power going forward, we know we can hurt teams, so we've got to be disciplined and hurt them when we can going forward."

The Blades reached the fifth round of last season's competition after goals from Alethea Paul and Veatriki Sarri saw them past FA Women's National League side Loughborough Foxes, but they were eliminated in the next round after an entertaining encounter with Birmingham's city rivals Aston Villa.

Sunday could also mark the debut of 19-year-old goalkeeper Emily Ramsey who joined the club earlier this week on loan from Manchester United.

Ramsey only played one game during the first half of the campaign for Casey Stoney's side, against Sunday's opponents Birmingham City in a 3-1 Continental Cup victory.

After attendances of over 1,000 for previous home games this month against Aston Villa and Man City respectively, it's set to be another big occasion on Sunday as the Blades look to continue what has been a superb season so far with another big victory at the Proact.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and entry is free for Sheffield United season ticket holders. You can pay on the gate at the Proact on Sunday.

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