FA CUP WEEKEND...
Who don't like the FA Cup? It's got everything from amazing journeys to heartbreak, amazing goals and unforgettable moments. The FA cup brings every fan together to roar their team into the next round and hopefully see themselves at Wembley come the end of it!
The fourth round is one of them rounds you just want to get out of the way. No one remembers a 4th round tie and its all about getting into the next round where 16 teams are left.
No matter what tier you play in, the FA cup will always prove it's weight in gold. BUT..... Maybe not this time.
Millwall Lionesses host WPL side Coventry United on Sunday as they look to book their spot in the last 16. Coventry sit 5th in their respected league 13 places behind the Lionesses.
Millwall last year reached the 5th round before being swept aside by Bristol City 5-0. The Lionesses beat London Bees 1-0 in the 3rd round thanks to a Megan Wynne goal and saw off Nottingham Forest in the 4th with a 3-1 win.
This season saw Millwall Lionesses start in the 4th round rather than the 3rd so this is their first game in the FA cup this season. The same however can not be said for Coventry United who you'll be glad to hear pushed aside West Ham 6-1 in the second round before facing Crystal Palace in the 3rd and they saw the Stripy Nigels off through a penalty shoot out win. Now they play another London side, Just a lot better than the two they have already faced!
It remains unclear how much Lee Burch will rotate the side Sunday but it will more than likely see a few players who have seen their game time limited this season, feature for the Lionesses this Sunday. Despite that Lee won't underestimate the WPL side who will be looking to cause a massive upset in the cup.
Sarah QUANTRILL v Sue WOOD
Sunday could be a matter of which keeper perform's better on the day. Both teams score goals like there is no tomorrow and despite being a league below, Coventry will be all guns blazing ahead of the game. Sarah is an amazing shot stopper and will take a lot of beating on Sunday but both keepers will need to be ready as this game could potentially have a lot of goals in it.
FA Cup distraction?
Everyone loves an Fa Cup run there is no hiding that its a great chance for the club to put their name out there and make a moment of history. However as many football fans will know, an FA cup run could turn your season right around, there has been many example's where teams have gone far in the cup which has led to a better end to the season seeing them get promoted or avoid the drop. But as well all know there is also the other side of that fairy tale where the team starts to drop off in the league due to the FA cup.
The Lionesses as we know are in great form in the league, 15 games unbeaten and looking like they mean business and can really push Doncaster Belles all the way for the title, However how would a cup run affect the Lionesses? Would the cup come as a distraction from the league, causing them to drop points in vital games in the run in. The league will forever and always be a main priority but the thought of a tasty tie against the likes of Chelsea and Man City could mean the Lionesses take an eye off the league.
Saying that though, Lee Burch, his staff and players definitely have the focus, determination and just the real quality to make sure that the job gets done in both the league and the cup. So bring on the FA Cup and COME ON YOU LIONESSES!!
Get down to St.Pauls Sports ground this Sunday for a 3PM kick off to see if the Lionesses will avoid a banana skin.