AFC Wimbledon Ladies aim to cause an upset
AFC Wimbledon Ladies will be aiming to spring a surprise in the first round proper of the FA Women’s Cup after they were drawn away at Ipswich Town Ladies.
Tony Milstead’s side have been in fine form in knockout competitions this season after edging out Aldershot Ladies in the last round 1-0 and they have also marched into the third round of the Surrey Women's Cup.
However, it will all get much tougher for the Dons Ladies when they travel to Ipswich Town Ladies on Sunday, 9 December. As well as having to cope with a long trip, the Dons will take on an Ipswich side who play in the South East Women’s Combination League, a division above Wimbledon.
“I think we will all be relishing this match, but we need to do better than the last round,” he said. “We were not at our best and because we beat Aldershot 4-1 in pre-season I believe some of the girls went into the game thinking it would be the same. Aldershot were determined to make a fist of it and we had to change formation and tough it out. We were the better side in the end though.”
Louise Cooper was AFC Wimbledon’s match-winner against Aldershot as she struck from the penalty spot just before the hour after Shannon Lindo was bundled over in the box.
The Dons Ladies, currently mid-table in the London & South East Counties Women’s Premier Division, marched into the third round of the Surrey Women's Cup on Sunday with a 13-0 home win against Fulham Deaf Ladies.
AFC Wimbledon, who now play at Archibishop Tenison’s School Sports Ground in New Malden, stormed through with a hat-trick from Aramide Okekunle, a double from Shannon Lindo and strikes from Kim McLean, Bernice Tully, Jodie Fernandes, Stacie Tull, Louise Cooper, Kellie Pizzaferro, Emma Treanor and Lisa Couchman.