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Women's FA Cup
Women's FA Cup
Sunday 20 March 2022
Kickoff at 12:30 GMT
Academy Stadium,North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ

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Everything you need to know ahead of City’s Women's FA Cup quarter-final clash against Everton.


When and where

Gareth Taylor’s side welcome the Toffees to the Academy Stadium on Sunday 20 March, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 (UK).

The game is available to watch live on the FA Player, while you can also follow minute-by-minute updates and keep across the key moments from the Academy Stadium over on Twitter: @ManCityWomen.

A detailed match report and reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike will also be made available soon after the final whistle, while highlights and a full-match replay can be accessed from 12:00 on Monday 21 March.

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Team News

Taylor made four changes to the side that defeated Reading 2-0 in midweek, as Filippa Angeldahl, Lauren Hemp, Jess Park and Ellen White replaced Georgia Stanway, Hayley Raso, Julie Blakstad and Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw.

Ellie Roebuck took her place in goal, shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Alex Greenwood, Alanna Kennedy and Lucy Bronze.

Keira Walsh protected the back line, employed behind Caroline Weir and Angeldahl, who were flanked by Hemp and Park. White led the line upfront.

CITY XI | Roebuck, Stokes, Greenwood, Kennedy, Bronze, Walsh, Weir, Angeldahl, Hemp, Park, White.

SUBS | Keating, Beckie, Shaw, Blakstad, Raso, Stanway, Coombs, Mace.

Gareth Taylor Preview

“We’re looking forward to it. We’re really pleased we are at home again after being on the road for a little while.

“It’s nice to get back on home ground. It will be a different dynamic playing them in the FA Cup and then back into the league. It’s a good opportunity for us but we’re expecting a tough game. 

“We have done it with United when we have played them back-to-back. I don’t think we’ve ever had both fixtures at home.

“I think it’s interesting what could happen between Sunday and the second game. Sometimes, teams tend to try something different. It’s a good stage for us to be at a cup quarter-final and a good stage for Everton too. 

“It’s a one-off. It's kind of like a ‘winner takes all.’ I think we’re probably expecting Everton to have a right good go at it.

“For ourselves, it is important we control the opponent’s threat so we are fully aware of that, and imposing ourselves in the game really early on.

“We have done that well recently but this is a one-off game and the winner goes through to the semi-finals so it’s an exciting tie.

“We have been capitalising in the second half or lot for the last four or five games. It’s not that we are doing that on purpose. We are trying out best to finish off the actions.

“I felt it was a really dominant performance against Reading. You don't always get what you deserve, but I think we did.”

Previous Meeting

City last faced Everton en route to our 2021/22 Continental Cup success, beginning our campaign in style with a deserved 5-1 win.

A sumptuous solo effort from Caroline Weir saw Gareth Taylor’s side take the lead before the ten-minute mark, but the visitors hit back almost instantly through Grace Clinton.

Undeterred, Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw rose highest before the break to head City into a deserved half-time lead, before Lauren Hemp added number three as the game approached the 75-minute mark.

Substitute Jess Park made it four from close-range after Ellen White stole back possession in the Everton half late on, before the England striker got herself on the scoresheet with a near-post header to round off the scoring.

Last time out

City grabbed another vital win in the race for a Women’s Champions League spot, beating Reading 2-0 at the Academy Stadium.

Demi Stokes’ first goal of the season, plus a Lauren Hemp strike earned a massive three points in a dominant display.

The resulted pushed Gareth Taylor’s side up to fourth in the table to continue our superb run of form.

There was more cause for celebration as well, with Keira Walsh appearing in her 200th match for the club in all competitions.

Form Guide

City come into Sunday’s tie in sparking form, winning 13 of our last 15 matches in all competitions, including our last five on the spin.

We booked our place in the last eight with thumping 8-0 and 4-1 victories over Nottingham Forest and Manchester United.


Everton have won three of their last five and reached the quarter-finals with 4-0 and 2-0 wins over Huddersfield and Charlton Athletic.

We faced the Toffees in the 2020 Final, triumphing 3-1 after extra-time, thanks to goals from Sam Mewis, Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie.

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