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UEFA Women's Champions League draw   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 26 Nov 2020
 
The three British teams in the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League have discovered who their opponents will be after this week's draw.
 
The competition reverts to a two-legged format from this stage and all three are away in the first leg, with FA WSL champions Chelsea having been paired with Benfica. Manchester City meanwhile face a difficult tie against FC Goteborg of Sweden as do Glasgow City, who are up against Czech Republic title winners Sparta Prague.
 
The Round of 32 ties will be played on 9/10 and 15/16 December.
 
Round of 32 draw:
 
St Pölten (AUT) v FC Zürich Frauen (SUI)
Lanchkhuti (GEO) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
FC Göteborg (SWE) v Manchester City (ENG)
Sparta Praha (CZE) v Glasgow City (SCO)
Juventus (ITA) v Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
ŽFK Spartak (SRB) v VfL Wolfsburg (GER)
Fiorentina (ITA) v Slavia Praha (CZE)
Benfica (POR) v Chelsea (ENG)
Pomurje (SVN) v Fortuna Hjørring (DEN)
WFC-2 Kharkiv (UKR) v BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ)
Vålerenga (NOR) v Brøndby (DEN)
Ajax Amsterdam (NED) v Bayern München (GER)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) v Barcelona (ESP)
FC Minsk (BLR) v LSK Kvinner (NOR)
Górnik Łęczna (POL) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Servette (SUI) v Atlético Madrid (ESP)
 

 
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Karen and Katie join England squad   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 26 Nov 2020
 
Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester United midfielder Katie Zelem have been called up for the England senior women training camp.
 
The duo will replace Birmingham City's Hannah Hampton and Bardsley's Manchester City team mates Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood after their withdrawals from the squad.
 
Bardsley and Zelem have joined up with Phil Neville's squad at England's St. George's Park for a ten-day training camp.
 
The squad will play two in-house training fixtures across the November camp with the first to be played at Stoke City's Stadium on Friday 27th November.
 

 
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Top three open up gap   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 26 Nov 2020
 
The top three in the SBS Scottish Women's Premier League are starting to pull away from the teams below them, still headed by Glasgow City after they ran out 5-0 winners over Hearts.
 
Rachel McLauchlan opened the scoring for City in the third minute and Aoife Colvill added the second straight after half time. Tyler Toland added the third, before the leaders went on to seal the win with further goals from Jenna Clark and Mairead Fulton.
 
Celtic had momentarily displaced City from the top of the table on Friday night, following their 6-2 victory away to Hibernian. Jodie Bartle put Celtic ahead, with Anita doubling their lead two minutes later and after Rachael Boyle had reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, Anita netted her second and Lisa Robertson scored with a thumping long range effort, before Natalie Ross made it five on the stroke of half time. Charlotte Potts pulled one back for Hibs after the interval but Celtic rounded off a fine night for themselves with a final goal from Summer Green.
 
Rangers meanwhile won 3-1 at Forfar Farmington to remain three points off the pace. Brogan Hay gave Rangers a seventh minute lead which was doubled by Lizzie Arnot, with Donna Paterson pulling a goal back for Forfar before half time. Clare Gemmell made the points secure for Rangers when she scored their third goal late on.
 
Spartans made it two wins on the trot and are up to fifth place after they defeated Motherwell 2-0. The first half was goalless but an own goal put Spartans in front three minutes after the restart and they wrapped up the win midway through the second half thanks to Louise Mason.
 

 
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Partick end Aberdeen's run   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL2 News - 26 Nov 2020
 
Aberdeen's six-match winning run at the top of SWPL 2 was brought to a sudden halt as they crashed to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Partick Thistle, who move up to second place as a result.
 
Eilidh Shore put Aberdeen in front midway through the first half but after Jade Gallon equalised a minute before the break, Thistle ran riot in the second half. Goals in quick succession from Clare Docherty and Sophie Gallacher put them in command, with Cheryl Hogg making it four on the hour and Teigan McCann rounding off the scoring late on.
 
The Dons' lead at the top has been trimmed to five points, with Partick in second on goal difference from Queen's Park, who were held to a 3-3 draw by Stirling University. The home side had lost their opening six matches of the season but raced into a two-goal lead inside eighteen matches thanks to Ann Taylor and Shana MacPhail. Helen McLeod and Chloe Docherty both struck to bring the Spiders level after the break but Stirling looked to have taken the points when MacPhail restored their lead with five minutes remaining. Queen's Park then hit back in injury time to grab a share of the spoils when McLeod netted her second goal.
 
Hamilton Academical lost ground when they were beaten 2-1 by Dundee Utd, who climb above them in the table and into fourth place. First half goals from Robyn Smith and Stina Kleppe gave United the points on the day, despite Lauren Evans pulling one back for the Accies after the interval.
 
Kilmarnock meanwhile moved to within a single point of Glasgow Women after winning their meeting 1-0. The only goal of the game came early on, Kirsty Munro scoring what proved to be the decisive strike after just seven minutes.
 
Boroughmuir Thistle recorded their second league victory of the season, 3-2 against St Johnstone. Rachel Todd gave St Johnstone a sixteenth minute lead but Boroughmuir responded with goals either side of half time from Samantha Duncan, before an own goal increased their advantage. Nicole Carter reduced the arrears on the hour but Thistle held on for three important points and narrow the gap on their opponents.
 

 
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Fightback gives Swansea winning start   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 25 Nov 2020
 
Wales Premier League News - Fightback gives Swansea winning start - 25 Nov 2020 - Women's Football NewsThe Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League Cup resumed on Sunday with the next round of group matches and league champions Swansea City needed to come from behind to beat Cyncoed Ladies 2-1.
 
The Swans were making their first appearance in the competition this season and after a goalless first half, all of the goals came in a nine minute spell around the hour mark. An own goal by Gemma Border put Cyncoed in front but three minutes later, Swansea were level thanks to Chloe Chivers and Shauna Jenkins scored what proved to be the winner shortly afterwards.
 
Cardiff City Women lead the way in the group after running out 4-0 winners over Port Talbot Town. Zoe Atkins opened the scoring for Cardiff with four minutes on the clock and Phoebe Poole made it two on the quarter hour. Danielle Broadhurst increased the Bluebirds' lead just after the half hour mark, before Poole wrapped up the scoring with her second after the break.
 
Cardiff Met Women are three points clear in Group One, as they scored eight times without reply past Aberystwyth Town. The Archers took a fifth minute lead through a Lauren Townsend penalty, with Steph Turner, Lucy Finch and Jodie Passmore also getting on the scoresheet before Townsend netted her second on the stroke of half time. Kennesha Nanette made it six during the second half, with Passmore completing her double and Chloe O'Connor adding the final goal late on.
 
Cascade Youth Club were another team to stage a second half comeback in their 2-1 success away to Abergavenny Women. Aber led at the interval through a sixteenth minute goal from Lauren Boyd but on the hour, Annaliese Lewis brought Cascade level and Abbie Davies netted the winning goal with seventeen minutes remaining.
 
Photo - Cascade YC celebrate their winning goal against Abergavenny Women (Will Cheshire).
 

 
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Spot-on Katie takes Blades second   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Championship News - 25 Nov 2020
 
Sheffield Utd moved to within one point of the leadership in the FA Women's Championship, thanks to a 1-0 victory away to Charlton Athletic.
 
The only goal of the game came on the half hour, Katie Wilkinson slotting home from the penalty spot after Lucy Watson had been brought down in the area. Blades were reduced to ten players eight minutes later when captain Leandra Little was shown a second yellow card, but United were able to secure the result they needed to move up to second place, just behind leaders Durham Women.
 
The other game to be played in the league also resulted in a 1-0 away win, Blackburn Rovers picking up the points against Coventry Utd. The first half was goalless but the decisive moment came eight minutes after the restart, a penalty - much disputed by the home side - being awarded for a foul on Saffron Jordan and Elise Hughes tucking home from the spot. Coventry pushed for an equaliser but Blackburn stayed strong for a second successive clean sheet, to take themselves up to fifth.
 

 
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Robins keep up good Cup form   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 21 Nov 2020
 
FA WSL news - Robins keep up good Cup form - 21 Nov 2020 - Women's Football NewsBristol City booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup with a 3-1 victory away to Lewes.
 
The Robins have found points difficult to come by so far this season in the league but they went into the match needing at least a draw to make sure of a place in the last eight and three goals in ten first half minutes put them in a commanding position. Jemma Purfield opened the scoring and then strikes in quick succession from Emma Bissell and Ebony Salmon left them three goals ahead, before Rhian Cleverly pulled one back for the Rookettes after the break.
 
Crystal Palace are in the driving seat to join City in the quarter finals as one of the best placed runners-up, thanks to a 6-1 win against London Bees. Amelia Hazard did give the Bees an eighth minute lead but it went downhill for them after there; Coral-Jade Haines equalised from the penalty spot and Bianca Baptiste quickly put Palace in front, before an own goal and Cherelle Khassal increased their advantage ahead of half time. Baptiste netted her second just before the hour and Amy Taylor rounded off the scoring in injury time.
 
The Group A decider went all the way to a penalty shootout to decide the winners and it was Aston Villa who took top spot against Durham Women, after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw. Emily Roberts put the Wildcats ahead in the fourth minute via a cross-cum-shot but Villa battled back after the break to equalise through a free kick from Emma Follis, to take the match to penalties. Sian Rogers had been in fine form in goal for Villa during the match and she took this into the shootout with two saves to help her side triumph 4-3 from the spot, which gave them the extra point they needed to win the group whilst Durham are well placed to take one of the best runners-up spots.
 
In the other group match, Sheffield Utd rounded off their matches with a 4-0 victory away to Coventry Utd. Leandra Little headed the Blades in front after nine minutes and Katie Wilkinson added a second just after the half hour. Jade Pennock made it three midway through the second half, with Melissa Johnson rounding off the scoring.
 
Arsenal, five time winners of the competition, look to have gone out this time around after battling out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners twice took the lead through Vivianne Miedema and Caitlin Foord, with Spurs battling back on each occasion with equalisers from Ria Percival and Shelina Zadorsky to take the game into a penalty shootout. After the first nine penalties all found the net, Alex Morgan fired the last one over the bar, meaning that Arsenal took the extra point on the night but it was not enough to take them past Chelsea, who win the group even though their match against London City Lionesses was postponed.
 
The Manchester derby also went all the way to penalties - Manchester City and Manchester Utd were meeting each other for the second time in five days and once again they could not be separated, the match finishing goalless. In the end it was United who won from the penalty spot but City finish in top spot in Group C having won their two previous matches.
 
The other group match saw Everton record their first victory, 1-0 against Liverpool. Izzy Christiansen settled the derby with the only goal of the match, scored in the sixth minute.
 
West Ham Utd picked up the result they required to make sure of winning their group, 4-0 against Charlton Athletic. It was a big night for Charley Clifford, who set a new appearances record for the Addicks with her 273rd game for the club, but it was the Hammers who went ahead early on with a third minute goal from Emily Van Egmond. Leanne Kiernan then netted twice, either side of half time, before Martha Thomas completed the scoring midway through the second half.
 
Reading FC Women will have to wait and see if their 2-0 victory away to Brighton & Hove Albion will be enough to see them through in second place. Natasha Harding kept up her recent good run of form by heading the Royals in front on the quarter hour, with Amalie Eikeland firing in the other goal during the second half.
 
Photo - Emma Bissell heads Bristol City in front against Lewes (Will Cheshire).
 

 
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Weetabix and the FA in new partnership   Share This 
 Women's Football Promotions News - 20 Nov 2020
 
Weetabix Food Company and the Football Association have partnered to encourage the nation to embrace healthy choices through their new ‘Eat Well, Live Well, Play Well' initiative.
 
The partnership will see the nation's favourite cereal become the Official Breakfast Category Partner of the England Women's and Men's Senior Teams and lead partner of Wildcats.
 
Weetabix will become the headline partner of The FA's girl's participation programme, Wildcats, which will be renamed to ‘Weetabix Wildcats'. Wildcats is for girls aged 5-11 who want to get involved with football for the very first time or want the opportunity to play with other girls their own age. There are currently over 1,600 Wildcats providers across England, giving girls the opportunity to play football in a fun and friendly environment which provides the perfect setting for girls to stay active, build confidence and meet new friends.
 
Weetabix and The FA are committed to doubling the number of Wildcats providers by the end of 2024 and will work closely with performance experts at St. George's Park to implement learning about nutrition as part of the Weetabix Wildcats programme.
 
The new partnership will focus on Weetabix Original's nutritional credentials, being low in sugar, salt, and fat, as well as high in fibre, helping to support the health of the nation with a strong start to the day
 
Gareth Turner, Head of Brand at Weetabix, said: "This is huge news for Weetabix. We are already known as the nation's favourite cereal and working with The FA will only cement this further.
 
"This partnership reinforces our belief that everyone can achieve their best with a proper, Weetabix start to the day, and we're delighted that we can bring the Weetabix advantage to the next generation of talent through our work with the ‘Weetabix Wildcats' and England Women's and Men's teams.
 
"We are looking forward to collaborating with our customers in all trade channels to bring this to life during what are set to be two huge summers of sport. Stand-out activations in store, warehouses and online will undoubtedly drive footfall to the cereal aisle and raise awareness of the entire category, tapping into heightened shopper interest."
 
Kathryn Swarbrick, The FA's Commercial and Marketing Director, commented: "Providing girls equal access to participate in football is an organisational priority. This will only be achieved with the support of committed partners and we're delighted to welcome Weetabix to join us on this journey. The joint ambition to double Weetabix Wildcats sessions by the end of 2024 will play a crucial role in ensuring girls across the country have a fun, friendly and safe environment to play the game.
 
We're thrilled to also announce Weetabix as the Official Breakfast Partner of the England Senior Teams ahead of the next two huge summers for English football."
 
The partnership will run from April 2021, ahead of two big summers for England's Men's and Women's teams with the UEFA Euro in 2021 and UEFA Women's Euro in 2022. Supporting activity will feature across all Weetabix-branded cereal products, including Oatibix.
 

 
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Duo called up by Wales   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales International News - 20 Nov 2020
 
Wales International News - Duo called up by Wales - 20 Nov 2020 - Women's Football NewsJayne Ludlow has named a squad of 26 players for Wales' final UEFA Women's EURO 2022 qualifying round match against Belarus on Tuesday, December 1st.
 
Ludlow has called up Esther Morgan and Caitlin Morris for the first time. Both players have played in the Wales age groups whilst Morgan, who has been training with the Tottenham Hotspur first team, captained the U19s in last year's UEFA Women's EURO U19 qualifying round.
 
A wealth of experience will be involved in the Wales side including centurions Sophie Ingle and Jess Fishlock, as well as Natasha Harding who scored a brace in last month's 4-0 win against the Faroe Islands. However, Anna Filbey misses out as she continues her recovery from a foot injury and Megan Wynne is also unavailable due to an ACL injury.
 
A win could see Wales reach the play-off stages of a major tournament for the first time in their history. However, Northern Ireland need to drop points against Belarus on Friday 27th November for that to occur.
 
Wales' match against Belarus on Tuesday December 1st at Rodney Parade, Newport will be televised on BBC Two Wales, kick off 7.10pm.
 
The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs. The play-offs will take place during the April international window, draw date TBC.
 
Wales squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Laura O'SULLIVANCardiff City Ladies390
Claire SKINNERCardiff City Women80
Olivia CLARKCoventry Utd00
Sophie INGLEChelsea1022
Hayley LADDManchester Utd623
Gemma EVANSBristol City270
Lily WOODHAMReading FC Women21
Rhiannon ROBERTSLiverpool321
Ffion MORGANCrystal Palace90
Angharad JAMESReading FC Women822
Jessica FISHLOCKReading FC Women *11929
Josie GREENTottenham Hotspur170
Nadia LAWRENCECardiff City Ladies412
Georgia WALTERSBlackburn Rovers20
Rachel ROWEReading FC Women361
Natasha HARDINGReading FC Women8518
Charlie ESTCOURTLondon Bees293
Elise HUGHESBlackburn Rovers *120
Chloe WILLIAMSManchester Utd00
Helen WARDWatford9343
Kayleigh GREENBrighton & Hove Albion4811
Kylie NOLANCardiff City Ladies130
Maria FRANCIS-JONESCardiff City Ladies10
Carrie JONESManchester Utd10
Caitlin MORRISSouthampton FC00
Esther MORGANTottenham Hotspur00

 
Photo - Kunjan Malde/FAW
 

 
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Rehanne takes Spurs appointment   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 20 Nov 2020
 
Rehanne Skinner has become the latest Lionesses assistant to land a prominent head coaching role in the women's game after being appointed by Tottenham Hotspur.
 
Having led England's Under-21s, Skinner progressed to the senior set-up this summer. The FA will confirm Skinner's replacement as assistant coach with the Lionesses in due course.
 
Kay Cossington, The FA's head of women's technical development, said: "I am delighted for Rehanne. While we are sorry to see her leave, we are committed to helping our talented coaches progress in the game.
 
"This is a brilliant opportunity and I am sure England teams will feel the benefit in the future of having another WSL head coach who understands our commitment to furthering the player pathway and can continue to build on the excellent relationship we enjoy between the domestic and international game. Meanwhile, it will open up another opportunity for a coach to join Phil's coaching staff and work around the senior environment."
 
Rehanne Skinner said: "I am incredibly excited by this opportunity and I would like to thank Phil, Kay Cossington and Sue Campbell for their understanding, and their recognition that this will be a great chance for me to further progress my coaching career.
 
"I have really enjoyed my time at The FA, working alongside some wonderfully talented people and with players who have done so much to put women's football and our England teams in the spotlight. It will be very hard to leave but I will always have such fond memories of my ten years working with England teams."
 
Skinner's career began in 2003 with Leicester City, guiding the club's Football in the Community work. Building on a commitment to developing young players she co-founded Leicester City Women's Football Club, taking on a coaching role with the team where she secured four consecutive promotions.
 
She moved to Arsenal in 2010 and spent three years as an assistant coach, helping achieve two FAWSL title wins, two Continental Cups, one FA Cup and reaching two Champions League semi finals. Skinner was then appointed assistant coach of Great Britain, winning gold at the World University Student Games in 2013, before spending three years working in youth player development in the United States.
 
Skinner returned to the UK to spend a season as assistant coach with Wales before moving to the FA in September 2017 as head coach of the Under-19 age group, competing in UEFA European competitions over the subsequent years.
 
She takes over at Tottenham Hotspur from the duo of Karen Hills and Juan Amoros, who parted company with the club this week.
 

 
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Revised Women's FA Cup dates confirmed   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 19 Nov 2020
 
Following the pausing of the 2020-21 Vitality Women's FA Cup Competition during the period of the government imposed national lockdown, The FA is pleased to confirm the rearranged dates for the first three rounds of the Competition proper.
 
There are four Third Round Qualifying matches to be completed ahead of the First Round Proper, which has 12 ties.
 
Clubs from the FA Women's National League Northern Premier and Southern Premier are due to enter in the Second Round Proper, before those from the Barclays FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship enter the Competition in the Fourth Round Proper on 31 January 2021.
 
Revised dates are as follows:
 
Third Round Qualifying - Sunday 6 December 2020,
 
First Round Proper - Sunday 13 December 2020,
 
Second Round Proper - Sunday 3 January 2021,
 
Third Round Proper - Sunday 17 January 2021,
 
The remaining rounds of the Competition are unchanged and will be played on the following dates:
 
Fourth Round Proper - Sunday 31 January 2021,
 
Fifth Round Proper - Sunday 28 February 2021,
 
Quarter Final - Sunday 21 March 2021,
 
Semi Final - Sunday 18 April 2021
 
Final - Saturday 22 May 2021 (Wembley Stadium)
 

 
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Glasgow City progress on penalties - again   Share This 
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 19 Nov 2020
 
UEFA Women's Champions League - Glasgow City progress on penalties - again - 19 Nov 2020 - Women's Football NewsGlasgow City reached the Round of 32 for the UEFA Women's Champions League for the 10th consecutive season after a penalty shoot out victory over Valur in Reykjavik.
 
Leanne Crichton had given City the lead with a close range finish before the Icelandic side fought back through Mist Edvardsdottir.
 
For the second time in as many weeks, City went to penalties to progress.
 
The opening stages saw City control most of possession but it was the hosts with the first shot of the game as Hlin Eiriksdottir got a strike away on the edge of the box that was deflected away for a corner which City dealt with.
 
City had appeals for a penalty waved away after Lauder was brought down before Howat had a half volley that whistled just wide of Sandra Sigurdardottir's right hand post.
 
Nicole Robertson also went close for City with a header at the back post as she connected to Zaneta Wyne's cross but the ball couldn't find the back of the Valur net.
 
The home side applied their own pressure through a succession of corners but City stood firm.
 
City continued to create opportunities as the sun began to set with Jo Love firing over the bar and Aoife Colvill having an effort saved by the keeper.
 
Valur's best chance of the opening 45 minutes was through Gunnhildur Jonsdottir when she led a counter attack after the hosts dealt with a City free kick but her effort in the end failed to trouble Lee Alexander.
 
The home side started the second half brightly but with their first attack of the second half, City would strike.
 
Robertson was bundled over on the near touchline midway inside the Valur half and a brilliant delivery from Lauder's left boot caused chaos in the Icelandic penalty area with Jenna Clark heading the ball down into the path of Crichton to smash the ball into the roof of the net.
 
Valur reacted and looked for a quick response but failed to trouble Alexander.
 
G. Jonsdottir had an effort just after the hour mark that flashed past the left hand post.
 
The home side continued to search for an equaliser but the assistant's flag ended up being raised multiple times as the City backline kept their shape while having a penalty appeal themselves when Crichton's shot was charged down but the referee decided it was not blocked by a hand.
 
A moment of controversy after Alexander was taken out and left on the floor when clearing the ball, Valur played on and Love was required to clear the ball off the line for a corner.
 
From the resulting corner Edvardsdottir bundled the ball over the line to equalise for the hosts to send the game into extra time.
 
Valur had the first chance of extra time but Alexander was strong at her front post and saved with her foot.
 
Alexander was once again required when Elin Jensen was played through and tried to round the City keeper but Alexander got down and denied the Valur striker.
 
Neither side were able to break the deadlock in the second period of extra time and for the second time this season in the Champions League, City went to penalties.
 
Crichton was first up for City and found the back of the net before G.Jonsdottir failed to hit the target.
 
Mairead Fulton was next up and scored but the referee brought it back and her second penalty was saved before Hallbera Gisladottir missed.
 
Jo Love saw her penalty saved before Jensen equalised to make one a piece after three penalties.
 
Everyone started scoring in the shoot out from this point with Lauren Wade, Clare Shine and Zaneta Wyne all hitting the back of the net while Valur's Eiriksdottir and Asdis Halldorsdottir scored.
 
The decisive penalty was Arna Eiriksdottir who dragged it wide of Alexander's post to secure City a place in the last 32.
 
Commenting, City Head Scott Booth said: "I am so proud of this group of players. Valur are an excellent side with real quality and I thought in the first half we were particularly good and despite conditions deteriorating as the game wore on, we kept going right till the end of extra time. Once again my team stepped up when it mattered and we got through on penalties. They deserve to be in the last 32 and we welcome whoever we get in the Round of 32."
 
(Report by Craig Edwards)
 
Photo - Aoife Colvill gets in a shot for Glasgow City (Tommy Hughes)
 

 
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Neville names 29-player squad for camp   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 19 Nov 2020
 
England Women head coach Phil Neville has named a youthful 29-player extended squad for the Lionesses' November camp.
 
Following the cancellation of the fixture against Norway, which had been due to be played in Sheffield on Tuesday 1st December, the squad will be split in half to test themselves against one another in two in-house training matches.
 
The players will reunite at the home of England teams, St. George's Park, on Sunday 22nd November for a 10-day training camp to round off the year.
 
Amongst the squad is Manchester United's Lauren James, who receives her first senior call-up after impressing Phil Neville and his backroom coaching staff at domestic level. Jill Scott, meanwhile, will have to wait for an opportunity to claim her 150th cap for England which would make her only the second England international to reach that milestone for her country, following in the footsteps of former England team mate Fara Williams.
 
There is a return to the team for Manchester City's Laura Coombs, whose last appearance for the Lionesses was in October 2015. Meanwhile, Rinsola Babijide and Lotte Wubben-Moy, of Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, both receive their second senior call-ups following their involvement in the September camp.
 
England continue to look ahead to the home UEFA Women's EURO 2022 and FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, entrusting a blend of youth and experience to build the foundations of a team aiming to win a major tournament.
 
Phil Neville said: "This has been a challenging time for everyone, but it will be good to finish the year with an intensive training camp during which the squad will develop further and in which every player has the chance to prove themselves ahead of our upcoming major tournaments.
 
"I'm delighted to give Lauren James her first senior call-up. She is an exciting young player that we want to help develop further. She joins the squad alongside many other young players who we've introduced over the last few months.
 
"Laura Coombs is a player I have watched a lot this season and I have been very impressed with her progression in the game. She has performed consistently at a high level which merits her call-up to the squad.
 
"This camp will give us another excellent opportunity to integrate young promising players with our experienced internationals and align everyone on the team's long term vision.
 
"Although sadly we no longer have a competitive fixture, every minute spent on the training pitch and in planning is crucial and plays an important part in preparing for the UEFA Women's EURO.
 
"I want to thank our supporters for their understanding and let them know that we cannot wait to play in front of crowds again in a competitive fixture when the time is right. Rest assured when that moment comes, we'll be giving our all to make you proud."
 
England training camp squad:
 
Carly TELFORDChelsea
Ellie ROEBUCKManchester City
Sandy MacIVEREverton
Hannah HAMPTONBirmingham City
Steph HOUGHTONManchester City
Lotte WUBBEN-MOYArsenal
Grace FISKWest Ham Utd
Millie TURNERManchester Utd
Lucy BRONZEManchester City
Alex GREENWOODManchester City
Demi STOKESManchester City
Esme MORGANManchester City
Niamh CHARLESChelsea
Leah WILLIAMSONArsenal
Jill SCOTTManchester City
Laura COOMBSManchester City
Ella TOONEManchester Utd
Keira WALSHManchester City
Lucy STANIFORTHManchester Utd
Jordan NOBBSArsenal
Georgia STANWAYManchester City
Lauren JAMESManchester Utd
Beth MEADArsenal
Rachel DALYWest Ham Utd *
Chloe KELLYManchester City
Rinsola BABAJIDELiverpool
Nikita PARRISOlympique Lyonnais
Beth ENGLANDChelsea
Ellen WHITEManchester City

 

 
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Quartet return to Scotland squad   Share This 
 Women's Football Scotland International News - 19 Nov 2020
 
Shelley Kerr has named a 27-player squad for two crucial EURO 2022 qualifying matches against Portugal and Finland.
 
Scotland go into the matches on the back of a win and a loss in their last double header. A comfortable victory over Albania at Tynecastle was followed by a disappointing 1-0 loss against Finland and now Shelley Kerr's side are aiming to get back on track.
 
There is a consistent feel to the squad with Jen Beattie, Chloe Arthur and Kim Little returning to the squad after not playing for Scotland this year.
 
Fiona Brown also returns to the fold after recovering from a serious injury after the World Cup last year.
 
Scotland squad:
 
NAMECLUBCAPSGOALS
Lee ALEXANDERGlasgow City250
Jenna FIFERangers50
Shannon LYNNVittsjo GIK310
Jennifer BEATTIEArsenal12823
Rachael BOYLEHibernian350
Rachel CORSIEBirmingham City *11817
Nicola DOCHERTYRangers220
Hannah GODFREYTottenham Hotspur41
Sophie HOWARDLeicester City191
Emma MITCHELLReading FC Women647
Kirsty SMITHManchester Utd420
Chloe ARTHURAston Villa210
Leanne CRICHTONGlasgow City713
Lisa EVANSArsenal8317
Lucy GRAHAMEverton70
Samantha KERRGlasgow City10
Kim LITTLEArsenal13759
Christie MURRAYBirmingham City675
Caroline WEIRManchester City7311
Lizzie ARNOTRangers332
Fiona BROWNFC Rosengard392
Erin CUTHBERTChelsea3813
Claire EMSLIEEverton *307
Kirsty HANSONManchester Utd30
Zoe NESSRangers91
Jane ROSSManchester Utd13460
Martha THOMASWest Ham Utd42

 

 
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Met hit ground running on league return   Share This 
 Women's Football Wales Premier League News - 18 Nov 2020
 
The Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League made a welcome return to action over the weekend after missing the last three Sundays, and leaders Cardiff Met Women were quickly back in the groove with an impressive 5-0 victory over Cardiff City Women.
 
Met were in front after twenty minutes thanks to Chloe Connor and after Shannon Evans added a quickfire double, Jodie Passmore ensured that they were four up at the interval. Passmore rounded off the scoring with her second after the break, for a win which takes Met three points clear at the top of the table.
 
Champions Swansea City are now second after they ran out 7-1 winners over Briton Ferry Llansawel. Stacey John-Davis and Tija Richardson gave the Swans a two-goal lead going into the break and Richardson netted twice more within seven minutes of the restart, to complete her hat-trick. Briton Ferry pulled a goal back through Megan Kearle but two goals in quick succession from John-Davis saw her register her own hat-trick, before Emma Beynon netted the final goal with six minutes remaining. The win takes Swansea above Abergavenny Women, whose scheduled match with Port Talbot Town was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
 
Cyncoed Ladies are in the top half of the table following their 2-0 victory against Cascade Youth Club. After a goalless first half, Millie Jones gave Cyncoed the lead just ahead of the hour mark and Caitlin Bevan secured the points for her side in injury time with the second goal.
 

 
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Celtic head chasing pack   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL News - 18 Nov 2020
 
Sunday saw the first Old Firm clash since both teams moved up to professional status and it was Celtic who were 1-0 winners over Rangers.
 
Rangers had gone into the match sporting a 100% record but a last minute goal from Summer Green, from the penalty spot, gave Celtic the points and they move above their rivals into second place, on goal difference.
 
Glasgow City meanwhile defeated Hibernian 3-2, which means they have opened up a lead of three points at the top of the SBS Scottish Women's Premier League. All of the goals came in the second half, Nicole Robertson opening the scoring just before the hour mark and Jenna Clark doubling their lead shortly afterwards. Kirsty Morrison pulled one back for Hibs, before Mairead Fulton restored City's two-goal advantage with what proved to be the winning goal, despite Siobhan Hunter grabbing a consolation for Hibs in injury time.
 
After three odd-goal defeats, Spartans got off the mark with a 1-0 success against Forfar Farmington. Rebecca Galbraith scored the only goal of the game for the Edinburgh side with sixteen minutes remaining.
 
Motherwell also picked up their first points of the season when they beat Hearts 3-0. Lori Gardner gave them the lead in thirteenth minute, with Katie Rice adding the second just before half time. Chelsie Watson rounded off the scoring with the final goal, midway through the second half.
 

 
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Six of the best from Aberdeen   Share This 
 Women's Football Scottish WPL2 News - 18 Nov 2020
 
Aberdeen made it six wins out of six in SWPL 2 and have extended their lead to six points after winning their top of the table clash 1-0 against Hamilton Academical.
 
Bayley Hutchison has been in fine form since the start of the season and she scored the only goal of the game to maintain the Dons' perfect record.
 
Queen's Park lifted themselves above the Accies and are now in second place following their 2-0 victory over Kilmarnock. Both of the goals came in the final quarter of the match, Sophie McGoldrick putting the Spiders in front and Louisa Boyes netting the second with three minutes left.
 
Partick Thistle ran out 4-1 winners away to Stirling University and have moved into the top four. Stirling led at the interval through an own goal but four goals in a sixteen minute spell after the break turned the match firmly in Thistle's favour. Clare Docherty netted the equaliser on the hour and Sophie Gallacher put Partick in front, before they added further goals through Amy Bulloch and Jade Gallon.
 
Glasgow Women claimed their third victory of the season when beating Boroughmuir Thistle 3-1. Abbi McDonald gave Glasgow a first half lead which was doubled after the break via a Shivohn Honeyman penalty and although Helen Templeton pulled one back for Boroughmuir with nineteen minutes remaining, Taylor Hamill made the points safe for Glasgow in injury time.
 
Dundee Utd meanwhile got back to winning ways with a 1-0 success away to St Johnstone. The game's solitary goal came early on, Neve Guthrie scoring with just seven minutes on the clock.
 
On Tuesday night, Dundee Utd and Glasgow Women battled out a 2-2 draw which leaves both teams in the mid-table positions. All of the goals came in the first half, Glasgow taking a two-goal lead through Kaitlyn Canavan and Shivohn Honeyman, before United hit back with a Robyn Smith double to earn themselves a share of the spoils.
 

 
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United still lead after close weekend   Share This 
 Women's Football FA WSL news - 17 Nov 2020
 
FA WSL news - United still lead after close weekend - 17 Nov 2020 - Women's Football NewsThings could hardly have been tighter in the Barclays FA WSL on Women's Football Weekend as the six matches produced four draws and two odd-goal victories.
 
The weekend opened up with leaders Manchester Utd entertaining local rivals Manchester City and their unbeaten record looked to be in jeopardy as a dominant City swept into a two-goal lead, Chloe Kelly putting them ahead in the ninth minute following a corner and Laura Coombs firing in the second from the edge of the area. The game turned after the break when a bad pass from Lucy Bronze was seized on by Tobin Heath who smashed home emphatically past Ellie Roebuck, and the scores were levelled as a scramble from a corner resulted in Kirsty Hanson forcing the ball in at the second attempt. United could even have snatched it in injury time but for Demi Stokes' clearance off the line from a Lucy Staniforth header.
 
The 2-2 draw meant that Arsenal would regain the leadership if they were to win against Chelsea the following day. They almost took the lead in the first half with a Caitlin Foord shot which remarkably hit the bar twice before Ann-Katrin Berger punched away under pressure from Beth Mead. Both defences remained strong but with five minutes left, Vivianne Miedema squared for Mead to volley Arsenal into the lead. Chelsea pressed for an equaliser and in stoppage time, fortune went their way as Pernille Harder's ball into the area deflected off the unfortunate Lotte Wubben-Moy and looped over Manuela Zinsberger to earn a 1-1 draw. Arsenal therefore stay one point behind Manchester United and Chelsea are three points off the pace, still unbeaten and with a game in hand.
 
Everton stay just outside the top three after they also drew, 1-1 against Reading FC Women. A win would have taken the Toffees into second place overnight and they took the lead six minutes before half time, Simone Magill heading in after Grace Moloney had saved the initial shot from Nicoline Sorensen. Reading's response was immediate and a spectacular cross-shot from the edge of the area by Natasha Harding found the far top corner to hand the Royals a share of the spoils.
 
Birmingham City were the highest placed team in the table to record a victory over the weekend, triumphing 1-0 in their local derby with Aston Villa at Villa Park. It was the first time the teams had met in a league match since the formation of the FA WSL and Villa were buoyed from their first win of the season in their last outing but in a tight game of few chances, it was Birmingham who took the points when Claudia Walker fired in off the bar with eighteen minutes remaining.
 
Brighton & Hove Albion picked up three valuable points with a 1-0 success away to West Ham Utd. The Hammers were on top for much of the first half but were unable to take opportunities and found Brighton goalkeeper Cecilie Fiskerstrand in excellent form, before the Seagulls scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half, Rianna Jarrett clipping the ball over the oncoming Mackenzie Arnold and heading in.
 
After a difficult start to the season, Bristol City got themselves off the mark when they drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur. City took the lead eight minutes before half time when Chloe Logarzo scored from the penalty spot, following a foul on Yana Daniels, but Spurs were back on terms shortly afterwards, Siri Worm scoring direct from a corner. Worm turned provider as Tottenham went in front after the break, with a free kick which was headed in by Ashleigh Neville, but City were to have the final say late on and they secured their first point when Ebony Salmon latched onto a long ball forward by Jemma Purfield and slotted past Rebecca Spencer for the equalising goal.
 
Photo - Ebony Salmon scores Bristol City's late equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur (Will Cheshire).
 

 
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Nicki's goal keeps Wildcats top   Share This 
 Women's Football FA Women's Championship News - 17 Nov 2020
 
Durham Women continue to set the pace in the FA Women's Championship after winning 1-0 in their top of the table clash with Sheffield Utd.
 
The teams went into the game with just a single point separating them and it turned to be a tight affair, United going close to taking the lead when Rhema Lord-Mears hit the woodwork. Nine minutes into the second half, Nicki Gears scored the only goal of the game for the Wildcats, heading in the rebound after Beth Hepple's free kick had been saved by Fran Kitching.
 
Durham therefore stay one point clear at the top of the table with Leicester City now in second place after powering to a 9-1 victory away to Coventry Utd. The home side did actually go in front in the third minute through a brilliant 25-yard strike from Maz Gauntlett but Leicester's response was emphatic, Lachante Paul equalising eight minutes later and Natasha Flint then putting them ahead, before Paul and Flint each scored their second ahead of half time. Paige Bailey-Gayle made it five, three minutes after the restart, and a ruthless Leicester display saw them add further goals from Remi Allen, Sophie Barker, Ruesha Littlejohn and Millie Farrow.
 
Liverpool remain just outside the top three following their goalless draw against mid-table Blackburn Rovers. Alex Brooks had a fine match in goal for Blackburn with excellent saves from Rinsola Babajide and Amalie Thestrup, whilst Ashley Hodson hit the post, whilst a good defensive display by the home side was almost crowned at the other end when Saffron Jordan's first half effort was saved by Rachael Laws.
 
London Bees are off the bottom of the table after they won 1-0 against Lewes, their second victory in three league matches. Lauren Pickett fired home the game's solitary goal from the penalty spot after having been fouled in the area early in the second half, although they did receive a huge scare in injury time when Rookettes midfielder Megan Mackey crashed a long range shot against the bar.
 
The other scheduled game between Charlton Athletic and London City Lionesses was postponed, because of a waterlogged pitch.
 

 
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England friendly cancelled   Share This 
 Women's Football England International News - 17 Nov 2020
 
England senior women's home match against Norway, due to be played on Tuesday 1st December in Sheffield, has been cancelled.
 
The Norwegian Football Federation has confirmed that it would be unable to travel due to COVID-19 considerations in their country. The Lionesses are still due to report for a training camp later this month, with more information regarding the schedule to follow at a later date.
 
England head coach Phil Neville said: "While I am disappointed for our fans and players, I fully respect Norway's decision not to travel. These are still challenging times where health and safety for all is the most important thing to consider.
 
"We will still look to get the squad together for the final time this year, and continue the work we have been doing in integrating younger players and building for the future."
 

 
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