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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Blackburn Rovers began their FA Cup campaign in the last round by winning 4-0 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Beth Donoghue, Alex Taylor, Jess Holbrook and an own goal ensured that Blackburn went through to the Third Round where they will travel again to play Oxford Utd, who also won 4-0 against Cambridge Utd with goals from Ellie Noble, Lauren Haynes, Flo Fyfe and Evie Gane.
Oxford United Women were founded in the early 1990s and, despite only a loose affiliation to the club, they achieved some notable successes. In 2008, there was a full integration of the women's programme into the football club, which coincided with the introduction of the girls' Centre of Excellence programme. This formed Oxford United's first female development pathway with a clear progression from grass roots through to the women's first team.
Since 2008, the women's development programme has achieved a number of honours,they have had players from the club's Centre of Excellence and first team represent England and Wales through all age groups from Under-15s to Seniors.
Since the integration into the club, the first team had continuous success with back-to-back promotions and successive league titles. The 2012-13 season was probably the most successful for the club, the first team won the South West Combination title and the Oxfordshire Women's Cup for the third consecutive year, and club history was also made as they reached the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup where they played Everton, eventually losing to a superior team. The fans turned up for the big occasion with record crowd numbers at the Kassam Stadium, with 945 attending the Everton game and over 700 through the gates for the previous round against Newcastle United. The continued success of the club was rewarded at the end of the season as they were granted a place in the newly formed FA WSL 2, where they remained until the end of last season when they returned to the FA Women's National League, where they now play in the Southern Premier Division.
Liam Gilbert took over the managerial reins at the start of the season, assisted by coach Matt Parry, and the team is captained by Lauren Haynes. Flo Fyfe and Georgia Timms are currently the joint leading scorers with six goals apiece in all competitions.
Oxford Utd (from):
Lucy Thomas, Hannah Cox, Amber Roberts, Steph Bent, Steph Mobbs, Bobby Lynch, Lauren Haynes, Lena Stroem, Lois Colley, Imogen Lancaster, Ellie Noble, Flo Fyfe, Sophie Baker, Kerry Walklett, Catherine Beaver, Emily Allen, Georgia Timms, Laura Hennessy, Lauren Allison, Evie Gane, Maddie Robertson, Holly Pickett.
Blackburn Rovers (from):
Danielle Gibbons, Alex Brooks, Lynda Shepherd, Jess Holbrook, Alex Taylor, Saffron Jordan, Natasha Fenton, Kayleigh McDonald, Lagan Makin, Kelsey Pearson, Chelsey Jukes, Bethany Donoghue, Natasha Flint, Hannah Walsh, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies, Charlotte Stuart, Eve Kennerley.
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