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SSFC Women to face Leeds United in FA Cup

South Shields Women face Leeds United in a Vitality Women’s FA Cup glamour tie on Sunday as the Mariners look to continue their scintillating start to the season.

Ben Garrity’s side have collected four wins from four games in the North East Regional Women’s League, and could leapfrog leaders Wallsend BC Women if they win their two matches in hand.

Shields continued their winning streak last Sunday, making it seven wins out of seven in all competitions with a 3-0 victory against Birtley Town at Harton Welfare in the Durham County Cup first round. A goal from Eve Gatens and a Becki McMahon brace ensured the Mariners claimed the win and booked their place in the hat for the next round.

Their attention is now fully on a huge day on Sunday at 1st Cloud Arena as the lasses host Leeds United in the third qualifying round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

The match will kick-off at 2pm and we are appealing for as many people as possible to get along and give the team their support as they bid to continue their journey in the competition. Admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, with free entry for those who purchase a Sunday lunch in the new bar.

Shields secured their place in this round with an impressive 7-0 victory over West Allotment Celtic on October 2nd, thanks to goals from Natalie May, Zahra Muzdalifah (2), Jade Dryden (3) and Eve Gatens.

However, Leeds are also performing well this season, and are top of the Women’s National League Division One North, with five wins, no draws and two losses. It is set up to be an enthralling tie as the sides battle it out for a place in the next round.

Last week, Leeds were victorious as goals from Kathryn Smith, Amy Woodruff (2), Macy Ellis and Abbie Brown meant the Whites saw off Chorley 5-0 at home.

Both teams are in fine form and will be relishing the challenge ahead of them tomorrow.

The Mariners will be looking to make full use of home advantage, and your backing could make all the difference.

Could they follow the men in reaching the first round proper? Let’s support them all the way!


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