Liverpool Ladies FC
Sheffield FC Ladies
Wed 11 October 2017
Select Security Stadium
Kids (u16yrs) & Conc: £2.50*
Purchase tickets at www.liverpoolfc.com/ladiestickets Turnstile price £6 adults, £3 kids/conc, £15 family (2+2)
Preview: Liverpool (A), Wednesday 11 October 2017
This season's Continental Tyres Cup kicks off this week with the first matches in the group stage with Sheffield facing WSL1 opposition in the form of Liverpool.
After a straight knock out format over the past couple of seasons, the Continental Tyres Cup reverts to a group stage format with the 20 WSL clubs split across four groups. Sheffield's group contains WSL2 sides Aston Villa and Durham, and WSL1 opposition in the form of Sunderland, and Wednesday night's opponents, Liverpool.
Clubs play each other just once, with the top two going through to the quarter-finals, which will be contested in December, and the final scheduled for March 2018.
An added twist this season also sees the introduction of penalty shoot outs for any group match which is level after 90 minutes. Rather than extra time, the game will go straight to a spot kick showdown, with the winner being awarded 2 points, and the loser 1 point. Teams who win or lose in the normal 90 minutes will be awarded 3 points and 0 points respectively as normal.
CURRENT FORM GUIDE
After losing 1-0 to Oxford United on the opening weekend to an unfortunate own goal, Sheffield bounced back with an impressive 3-1 win over London Bees, and a gritty 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The win over Villa was secured with two first-half goals for the dangerous Chloe Dixon, who netted after just 40 seconds and then struck her second from 30 yards out.
The South Yorkshire club finished fifth in FA WSL 2 in 2016, and reached the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup, and will relish the opportunity of testing themselves against FA WSL 1 side Liverpool, who come into the match coming off the back of two defeats.
Scott Rogers’ side couldn’t of got off to a better start with a 2-0 win against Merseyside rivals Everton, but followed it up with a 3-0 defeat to Reading, and Saturday’s 1-0 loss to league-leaders Chelsea, although his side put in an excellent performance against the Spring Series champions.
The two sides have never met in competitive football, although they have played out a number of friendlies over the past couple of years. Sheffield have yet to win any of their four previous friendly meetings, with the latest being a 5-2 defeat in February this year.
WHAT THEY SAID
So Sheffield boss, Zoe Johnson, knows just what a difficult test awaits her side: “We know exactly how tough Wednesday night will be, but we just want to get some consistent performances. It’s a huge challenge - I know Scott [Rogers] very, very well and know how he’ll play and what he’ll want to do."
"We’ll treat it like we would any match - we don’t want to lose, and we’ll try and test Liverpool as much as we can and see what happens. The beauty of it is, I have a lot of experienced players who haven’t had a lot of games and will want to play, so if I need experience for that game I’ve got it.”
Liverpool midfielder, Beth England, added: “Cup competitions are always difficult ones to predict and there are always a few shocks along the way. You never know what can happen, but we are keen to have a good run in the Continental Tyres Cup and all we can do is make sure that we put in a good performance."
“I’m sure Sheffield FC will give us a great run. They are not an easy team to play but against but it all comes down to being defensively sound and putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The match kicks off at 7pm at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes, and advanced tickets can be purchased here.
Lower House Lane
From the M62
Exit at Junction 7 Take A568 dual carriageway towards Widnes (Following brown signs to Halton Stadium) Keep right after junction onto Ashley Way (A562) Take 2nd exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
From Runcorn & the South
Cross Widnes/Runcorn Bridge (A533) Follow signs to Widnes (A562) At roundabout take 3rd exit towards Widnes Town Centre Take first left following brown signs to Halton Stadium (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
From Liverpool Airport
Take Speke Road (A562) and follow signs for Widnes (A562) Following brown signs to Halton Stadium Take 1st exit off roundabout (McDonald?s on the right) Take 2nd exit off mini-roundabout into Lowerhouse Lane.
By public transport
Widnes train station is less than 1 mile to Select Security Stadium Halton Runcorn train station is less than 2 miles away Widnes bus route map and bus timetables Stadium offers secure bicycle facilities on both non-matchdays and on matchdays