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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Blackburn Rovers continued their Cup run but needed to come from behind to win 2-1 away to Oxford United. Gemma Donnelly's side trailed at the break but two second half goals from Natasha Flint took Blackburn through to the last 32 and a plum tie against FA WSL side West Ham United, who are entering the competition at this stage.
West Ham United women's team has come on leaps and bounds since the side was brought ‘in-house' by the Premier League side just over two years ago. A first full season saw the Irons play in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division, claim the Goodmove.co.uk Women's Cup and the Premier League Plate, while also losing just one match in their fifteen competitive fixtures in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.
An application to enter the newly reformed FA Women's Super League was accepted over the summer, putting the Hammers in the fully professional top flight of the game. WSL-winning manager Matt Beard was appointed head coach, and the team set to work signing experienced players like Gilly Flaherty, Claire Rafferty, Jane Ross and Tessel Middag in preparation for a first campaign in the WSL.
Gilly Flaherty captains the side and vice captain is Jane Ross, who is also the team's leading scorer this second with eight goals to her name. The side currently sits seventh in the league, with five wins so far this season.
West Ham Utd (from): Becky Spencer, Ria Percival, Erin Simon, Brooke Hendrix, Gilly Flaherty, Tessel Middag, Alisha Lehmann, Leanne Kiernan, Jane Ross, Julia Simic, Claire Rafferty, Kate Longhurst, Anna Moorhouse, Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli, Rosie Kmita, Esmee de Graaf, Lucienne Reichardt, Adriana Leon, So-hyun Cho.
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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