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15 January 2023 Venue Fairfield Sports Hub Attendance

Kick off 13:30 (UK)

Milton Keynes Dons
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Preview: Reading Women

MK Dons look to book a place in the final of the County Cup…

13 January 2023

MK Dons Women will host Reading in the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Women’s County Cup competition.

In the first round of the knockout tournament Charlie Bill’s Women bested Chesham Ladies with a convincing 11-2 score-line. In the following round, the Dons produced an emphatic winning display against Penn & Tylers Green Ladies at Fairfield’s Sports Hub, which saw them progress into the semi-final following a 17-0 victory at home.
 
Following the first couple of rounds within the tournament, MK Dons have scored a total of 28 goals whilst only conceding two. An impressive landmark, which has rightfully placed them a step closer to achieving silverware.

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Moments of magic have been created by the home side within knockout competitions this season, and they’ll be sure to seek redemption after two goals in the dying stages of the match ended their Vitality Women’s FA Cup campaign last weekend.
 
Due to Reading Women being involved in Women’s Super League action on Sunday, it’ll be likely that a much-changed squad will make the trip to Milton Keynes.
 
Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30pm, Sunday 15 January. This match will take place at Fairfield’s Sports Hub, MK11 4BA. Tickets for this cup tie are priced at £3 per adult and £1 per concession.
 
THE OPPOSITION
Reading Women compete within England’s highest tier of Women’s football, the Women’s Super League. This table holds some of the most prestigious names within Women’s football, Reading currently find themselves placed tenth out of the 13 teams that occupy this league.
 
Reading may bring a different team compiled of Under-23s players for a chance to get within arm’s length of the County Cup trophy, this is due to a Women’s Super League fixture against Everton Women that will also take place on Sunday 15 January.
 
MK Dons Women have faced the Royals within the quarter-final of this competition in their previous campaign. Last season, Charlie Bill’s Women bowed out of the tournament following a 4-2 defeat to the traveling side. The hosts will look to seek revenge this time around as they prepare for their semi-final test.
 
LAST TIME OUT
Two goals within injury time denied MK Dons the dream of progressing further within the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. Charlie Bill prepared his side to face Women’s Super League Two outfit Charlton Athletic, who are pushing for promotion into the top tier of England Women’s football.
 
Chloe Sansom’s heroics from a spot-kick at the start of the fixture gifted a wave of hope throughout the travelling team. However, another penalty given in favour of Charlton saw the hosts take advantage.

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Not long after the opener, Mollie Coupar scored her 15 goal of the season in spectacular fashion, the number 18 curled an effort into the top-right corner of the net and a passionate MK Dons side banded together throughout the rest of the clash.
 
The Dons’ efforts were enough to take them toe-to-toe against their Women’s Championship counterpart, but two goals within the dying stages of the game dealt the final blow to knockout Charlie Bill’s Women in the third-round of the contest.

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Match Reports

Report: MK Dons Women 3-0 Reading U23s

MK Dons Women set their sights on the final…

17 January 2023

Charlie Bill’s Women progress into the final of the Berks & Bucks Women’s Senior County Cup after a 3-0 victory at home eliminated Reading from the competition.

Due to a Women’s Super League fixture between Reading and Everton that took place on Sunday afternoon, the opposition was compiled of Under-23 academy players.
 
The Royals’ academy also faced MK Dons in the quarter-final of this competition last campaign, but results this time around were altered in the home side’s favour.
 
FIRST-HALF

A bright start from the Dons granted them an early control in the opening stages of the game, which allowed the hosts to take advantage and break the deadlock eight minutes after the starting whistle.
 
The top goal-scorer Mollie Coupar increased her tally to 16 for the season after she connected with Kerry Newman’s cross brilliantly. The technique from the forward to volley the ball past the ‘keeper emphasised the incredible form she continues to display on a weekly basis. 1-0
 
The game had settled slightly following the number 18’s opener, but MK Dons continued to press their attack in the search to double their lead over the opposition that bested them the year prior.
 
Successfully, Charlie Bill’s Women double their advantage 15 minutes before the break. Angelina Nixon demonstrated intelligent play before the number seven scored her seventh goal of the current campaign. Nixon’s mesmerising skill gifted her the space to get past her defenders before she unleashed a strike into the top-right corner of the net. 2-0

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Well-worked goals crafted from moments of magic by the home side allowed a two-goal cushion within the first 40 minutes of play, but the action didn’t end there.
 
Minutes before the interval, the Dons furthered their lead to three. A young Reading defence misread a delivery into the box by Coupar, which led to the third goal through a forced error as the Royals misplaced the ball into the back of their own net. 3-0
 
The first half had come to a conclusion and MK Dons held a comfortable 3-0 lead as the teams returned to their respective dressing rooms.
 
SECOND HALF
The second 45 minutes did not replicate the heaps of action that occurred throughout the first stage of the match.
 
Following their hard work within the first half, MK Dons just needed to remain focused defensively in order to guarantee their spot in the final of the tournament.
 
Ensuring that they held a three-goal deficit over Reading was key to managing a successful semi-final for Charlie Bill and his side. The home team had created themselves the opportunity to be a step closer to silverware, all they needed to do now was defend that chance.

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Their efforts at the top of the field were matched by the tenacity throughout the team in their shared desire to not only claim victory, but to keep a clean sheet against a WSL side’s academy.
 
A well-deserved victory for MK Dons, accompanied by a clean sheet for captain Sansom, ensured a successful progression into the Berks & Bucks Women’s Senior County Cup final.
 
It’s an impressive feat to reach the final of any competition. Now, only one team stand in the way of MK Dons Women and their goal to lift the trophy.

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MK Dons: Sansom (C), Warren, Puddick, Biggadike, Nixon, Rush (Bennett 45), Pepper (Gould 85), Miles (Samuels 85), Coupar (McLean 63), Mitchell (Miceli 63), Newman
 
Goals: Coupar 8, Nixon 30, Own Goal 41

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