Gemma Bonner and Siobhan Chamberlain attend draw for the sixth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at Holly Lodge Girls’ College
Liverpool goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain is on a mission this season, desperate to add a second SSE Women’s FA Cup winners’ medal to her collection – but the shot- stopper knows work needs to be done before her side can realise their dreams.
The Reds were drawn against fellow FA Women’s Super League 1 side Notts County in the sixth round after their 2-1 win against rivals Everton last weekend, knowing that victory would put them just one game away from another final.
Liverpool have never won the famous trophy, finishing runners-up in 1995 and 1996, but Chamberlain knows what it tastes like having being a part of the Arsenal squad which beat Everton in 2014.
The England keeper, 33, was at the draw for the sixth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup at Holly Lodge Girls’ College in Liverpool, where two pupils, Isabelle Randles, 12 and Mona Dimitrova, 16, drew the numbered balls out of the iconic velvet bag.
She also took part in a question and answers session, alongside club-mate Gemma Bonner, with students, and admits there is nothing quite like the SSE Women’s FA Cup final as they prepare for their last-eight clash.
“The SSE Women’s FA Cup final is always a magical day when you get there, it is the experience of the whole build up and the added spice at Wembley,” she said. “Every kid has dreamt of walking up those stairs at Wembley and lifting the cup, and that will inspire every single player in the last eight. We said before the draw, if we could get a home tie then we would be happy with that. Notts County is always going to be a tough game. They have a lot of internationals in their side and they had a great result to get through so we know it is going to be close. We know it is going to be a battle so we need to prepare well and hopefully get a good result on Sunday, but we came through against Everton which was massive. There was added pressure in that one because if you lose you will never live it down. They pushed us all the way but now we are looking on.”
The sixth round ties will be played on Sunday March 26 and each winning club will receive £6,000 from The FA prize fund.
Holly Lodge Girls’ College was chosen to host the draw thanks to its partnership with Teach First, a charity supported by SSE that aims to address educational inequalities in English and Welsh schools. And there were four cracking ties picked out, with holders Arsenal, fresh from a 10-0 victory against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the fifth round, drawn to play Birmingham City – who have a new manager in Marc Skinner.
Elsewhere, former champions Chelsea will face Sunderland, while Chamberlain’s former side Bristol City host FA WSL 1 champions Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Gemma Bonner knows her side’s poor run against bogey side Notts County must end if they have are to have any chance of lifting the SSE Women’s FA Cup this season.
“We have played Notts a lot of times and they seem to be a bit of a bogey team for us over the last couple of years,” she said. “We are expecting a tough game, Notts County are a very physical, well-drilled side. We have to make sure we recover from yesterday’s game and perform well at the weekend. We are delighted to get a home draw, we expected no easy tie with all the sides being in FA Women’s Super League 1 but we have to match their physicality and we need to do everything right in order to come away with the right result.”
Tickets are now on sale for the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday 13th May at Wembley Stadium connected by EE. For the second consecutive year, kids go free to the final. Adult tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here: https://ticketing.thefa.com/
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