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Belles set sights on country cup for fifth time in a row

REIGNING champions Doncaster Rovers Belles are bidding to earn their fifth successive Sheffield and Hallamshire County Cup triumph this weekend.

After beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in last year's tournament climax, Belles will be hoping for a repeat performance when they face the Owls' in this season's final on Sunday (2pm).

And the game, which takes place at Stocksbridge Park Steels FC, gives them the chance to put their poor league form to one side and hopefully pick up some silverware.

Boss John Buckley said: "We are all looking forward to the game. It should be a difficult game because Sheffield Wednesday are doing quite well in their league.

"But I'm confident we have enough quality to win it."

Wednesday, who ply their trade two divisions below Belles, will provide Doncaster with their sternest test yet after they marched into the final in uncompromising style.

They have won three games on route, scoring 41 goals and conceding none in the process.

Thumping 21-0 and 15-0 successes over Wickersley and Manvers respectively saw them win at a canter, while a tougher task against Barnsley still saw them triumph easily in a 5-0 drubbing.

Each of these ties saw Buckley give opportunites to younger members of his squad – a policy he will stick to against Wednesday.

Teenagers Frankie Waller, Becky Lee, Emily Heckler and Chloe Harrison could all feature, while 17-year-old Emma Thomson, who suffered a horrendous facial injury against Chelsea last week, is set to return to the starting XI.

Buckley said: "There will be a lot of youngsters out there but it will be a great experience for them

"Four or five of the normal faces will play as well so it will be beneficial for the younger kids to play alongside them."

One player who will not appear though is Australian striker Lisa De Vanna, who has been released by Belles.

jonathan.jurejko@doncastertoday.co.uk

 
 
 

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