SSE Women’s FA Cup draw: Yeovil Town away for Sunderland Ladies

Beth Mead: Star striker. Picture by FRANK REID.
Beth Mead: Star striker. Picture by FRANK REID.
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Sunderland Ladies face the longest journey in the the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Carlton Fairweather’s side face a trip to Yeovil Town in the fifth round of flagship competition in women’s football.

The draw was made today in Doncaster by two schoolgirls though Shonola Elkin, 11, and Maddison Risby, 10, may not be be on Fairweather’s Christmas Card list after sending the Lady Black Cats on a 666-mile round trip to Somerset.

For all the hassles over the long journey on Sunday, March 20, Sunderland will look upon it as a great chances to make progress into the sixth round.

Yeovil finished fourth in WSL2 last year, Sunderland having ended their debut season in WSL1 in fourth in the top flight and with Beth Mead as the division’s top scorer.

Durham Wildcats face a journey to last season’s finalists Notts County.

A trip to the home of football is the incentive for all 16 sides left in the competition.

The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 14 and this year children will go for free thanks to The FA’s partnership with Cup sponsor SSE.

Alan Young, SSE Managing Director Corporate Affairs, said: “Last year’s final, held at Wembley for the first, was a great occasion for everyone who attended, especially SSE customers who had access to special offers and the chance to win money can’t buy experiences.

“We are exceptionally proud to sponsor The SSE Women’s FA Cup and very excited about how the partnership is progressing.”

SSE WOMEN’S FA CUP FIFTH ROUND DRAW:

Birmingham City v Arsenal

Doncaster Belles v Chelsea

Brighton & Hove Albion v Sporting Club Albion

Reading FC v Millwall

Yeovil Town v Sunderland

Liverpool v Manchester City

Notts. County v Durham

Aston Villa v Everton