SSFC Ladies bid to continue historic cup run
South Shields Ladies host Norton and Stockton Ancients on Sunday as the Mariners look to progress to the second round of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time.
Shields comfortably dispatched Morecambe 5-0 in the third qualifying round courtesy of goals from Becki McMahon, Caitlin Bates, Jade Dryden and Gabby Pedersen.
The Mariners are unbeaten since Ben Garrity’s appointment as head coach, and the Ladies are in high spirits ahead of the visit of Norton.
Garrity said: “The whole squad is really looking forward to Sunday’s game.
“It’s a massive chance for the girls to show what they’re capable of against a good side from the league above.
“It’s also one I’m really looking forward to.
“These games are why people play football and want to be involved with the sport.”
Garrity believes the Mariners have what it takes to topple their Teesside opponents.
He added: “I have full confidence in the full squad.
“Every training session we have, you can see the lasses coming on massively which is fantastic to see, and I think the last three results show how far the lasses have come in the short time we’ve been working together.
“It’s full credit to them for putting the hard work in and now we are seeing the benefits in terms of results.”
Shields have never reached the second round of the Women’s FA Cup, but a victory on Sunday would be a great statement of intent.
Garrity continued: “This is a massive chance for the lasses to show what they’re capable of and like every game, we go into it believing we can turn up and come away with the win and in this case be in the hat for the next round.
“Not only would it be a fantastic achievement for the lasses, we would also be making history for South Shields Ladies as we’ve never been in the second round of the FA Cup, so that would also be massive for us.”
Shields were held to a 2-2 draw in their last outing against Ossett United on Sunday, but played in front of a bumper crowd at 1st Cloud Arena.
On the support, Garrity said: “The support we had in our game against Ossett last week was fantastic and the lasses and myself took real pride and enjoyment in having all of the support.
“We will need all of that support again this Sunday in hope that they can be the 12th player to help push us over the line for the win.”
The Mariners kick off at 2pm on Sunday at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare. Entry is free and all support would be greatly appreciated.