Manchester City will be keen to avoid one of the Women’s FA Cup’s biggest-ever giant-killings when they take on FA Women’s National League Division One South East side Ipswich Town in the fifth round at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.
The Tractor Girls are the lowest ranked club remaining in the competition with Joe Sheehan’s side playing their football in the fourth tier of the women’s game.
With Manchester City being the overwhelming favourites to advance to the quarter-finals, interim manager Alan Mahon could opt to implement some rotation within his squad. The likes of Jess Park and Tyler Toland could be considered for rare starts while Laura Coombs and Pauline Bremer may return after being named amongst the substitutes for the 1-0 victory over Bristol City in midweek.
Manchester City have been ultra-consistent at The Academy Stadium and victory over Ipswich Town would be their 16th consecutive success in domestic fixtures at their home ground.
Ipswich Town arrive in the North West after beating Huddersfield Town 4-1 at The John Smith’s Stadium in their fourth round tie. The Tractor Girls’ league form is impressive. They currently top the FA Women’s National League Division One South East after winning nine of their 11 matches to date. They were defeated 2-1 in their last league match on the road at AFC Wimbledon last month.
Manchester City’s tie with Ipswich Town kicks-off at 2pm with tickets available from the ticket booth at The Academy Stadium. Issue 19 of FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Magazine will also be available from Manchester City Women OSC members.