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Man City Women help make fan's dream a reality

MAKE DREAMS GOALS: Manchester City Women helped make Danielle Older's dream come true.

MAKE DREAMS GOALS: Manchester City Women helped make Danielle Older's dream come true.

Manchester City Women have helped to make one lucky fan’s dream come true in the build up to the FA Cup final.

As part of The FA’s Make Dreams Goals competition, Danielle Older revealed her ambition to be a professional footballer and the youngster got a taste of what it would be like when the Blues faced Birmingham City Ladies in the WSL.

The eleven-year-old, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, was selected from hundreds of entries and took to the Academy Stadium pitch alongside her idols.

Danielle donned her very own City kit, complete with her name and number and walked out alongside captain Steph Houghton in a league game  between the FA cup finalists.

The football-mad youngster had the opportunity to meet players of both teams – also receiving a personalised kit from the West Midlands outfit – and got to enjoy that goal scoring feeling as she took part in a penalty shootout at half-time.

“Danielle’s life is playing football,” said her mum.

“She’s someone that won’t let anything hold her back and even though she has Cystic Fibrosis this does not stop her from being like any other child.

“Danielle is always first on the pitch and last off. The FA’s support in providing this experience really helped grow Danielle’s confidence.”

Make Dreams Goals was launched by the FA in March, to inspire young football fans to believe they can achieve their ambitions and with the aim of making a number of these dreams come true.

The FA will make yet more dreams a reality for several young fans when City face Birmingham at Wembley Stadium in front of a record crowd at the FA Cup final on Saturday 13 May.

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Walsh: A dream in her heart

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It’s every football fans’ dream: to step out onto the hallowed turf at Wembley, donning the shirt of their beloved team.

That dream could become a reality on Saturday as Man City Women face Birmingham in the FA Cup final.

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Houghton: We’re so proud to wear the shirt

SKIPPER: Steph Houghton is excited to lead the team out at Wembley

Steph Houghton says she could not be more proud to be leading Man City Women out at Wembley on Saturday.

The Blues face Birmingham in their first FA Cup final, having won all other domestic trophies.

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Duggan hitting top form at right time

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Toni Duggan hopes to have given manager Nick Cushing a selection headache for Man City Women’s FA Cup final against Birmingham.

The Blues lock horns with the Solihull outfit on Saturday evening in their first final in the competition.