by Andrew Crawshaw
Yes there is Arsenal football on Sunday – just not the men.
Arsenal Women will play their postponed SSE FA Women’s Cup quarter final match against Charlton on Sunday afternoon at Meadow Park, Borehamwood with a 14:00 kickoff.
The draw for the semi-finals was made last Monday and the winner of this game will play away at either Everton or Durham so there is a very real chance for us to reach the second cup final of the season and add to the Continental Tyres cup that we won on March 14.
The Final will be held at Wembley on Saturday 5 May with tickets priced at £15 for Adults and free to children.
Of the other teams still in the Competition, Chelsea are already through to the other semi-final beating Liverpool 3 – 0 where they will play wither Manchester City or Sunderland. The Chelsea match was the only one of the four quarter finals last week not to be postponed due to the weather.
Our Women are in a really good run of results, unbeaten in our last 8 games and we have now kept 7 consecutive clean sheets since we lost a tight game on Jan 07 against Chelsea 3 – 2. Our results in this run have been :-
|Reading v Arsenal||14 January||2 – 3||FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup|
|Reading v Arsenal||28 January||0 – 0||WSL1|
|Yeovil Town v Arsenal||4 February||0 – 3||SSE Women’s FA Cup|
|Liverpool v Arsenal||7 February||0 – 3||WSL1|
|Arsenal v Yeovil Town||11 February||4 – 0||WSL1|
|Arsenal v Millwall Lionesses||18 February||1 – 0||SSE Women’s FA Cup|
|Arsenal v Everton||23 February||1 – 0||WSL1|
|Arsenal v Man City||14 March||1 – 0||FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup FINAL|
Charlton play in the third tier of Women’s Football in the FA Women’s Premier league Southern Division, this is two tiers down from the WSL1 where Arsenal play.
They were formed in 1991 by a group who split from Millwall Lionesses. In 2007 the team nearly disbanded due to swinging budget cuts enforced on Charlton and at the end of the season they were demoted to the Southern Division where they stabilised.
Charlton are also in a good run of form with nine wins in a row going back to early November, they have amassed 45 goals in those games conceding 8. Overall though they play their football two divisions down from Arsenal and one would expect that, providing we are professional in our approach to this game, over the course of 90 minutes our player quality should enable us to win the tie.
Our strike force of Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and Danielle Carter will all be looking to add to their seasons tally of goals and both Jordan Nobbs and Dominique Janssen likely to score from midfield as well. In goal I suspect that our backup keeper Anna Moorhouse may well get a game in place of Sari Van Veenendaal and it would be good to see Club Captain Alex Scott getting a game as well.
We have some good news with Leah Williamson having just signed a contract extension, she has been with the club since she was nine.
She said, “Obviously there’s loads to consider. I’m young, we had a change in manager and things like that, but I couldn’t be happier with the appointment. Joe’s a great guy and he’s taught me a lot already. I can feel myself growing week in, week out, so by the end there’s absolutely no hesitation. This is where I want to be.” (Read more at https://www.arsenal.com/news/arsenal-women-v-charlton-athletic-the-brief#UEuZRkPkCxd6AISM.99)
Tickets for the game will be available on the gate priced £10 for adults or £5 for concessions (U16, disabled or over 65). There is a good atmosphere, there is the usual range of hot-dogs, burgers, chips drinks etc on sale. Do come along if you can.
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