MK Dons Ladies will begin their 2018/19 campaign at Stadium MK against Plymouth Argyle – a game that has been a long time coming for manager James Honeyman.
The Ladies finished their season back in May and have had to wait until this Sunday to play their first competitive game of the season.
Having lifted the FAWPL South East Division One title earlier in the year, Honeyman’s side will compete in The FA National League Southern Division this season.
“It’s been a long pre-season and a long time since we last played,” Honeyman told mkdons.com.
“We are all really excited to get going and all the girls are buzzing – it’s a really good time for us. We’ve had a really good, positive pre-season and all the girls are ready to go again.”
MK Dons Ladies will play their home games at Stadium MK this season, a decision that has been well received within the Women’s game. Honeyman noted that his squad can’t wait to grace the Stadium MK turf against a tough Plymouth Argyle Ladies outfit.
“The last week of pre-season you get this anxious energy where you want to be there playing but we are ready now and we are all so excited to play on the Stadium MK pitch.
“All the ladies are all looking forward to it - we’ve talked about it a lot and they are honoured to be able to play here.”
He added, “It’s a great standard of football, Plymouth are a fantastic side, this weekend will be a really good, entertaining game. It would be great to see the fans come down here and get some momentum behind the Ladies team this season.”
There was also international recognition for three of the Club’s up-and-coming girls with Lucy O’Brien and Ruffa-Mae Meger being called up the England Under-16s squad, while Grace Gillard was called up to the England Under-15s squad.
“We’ve got a long history and heritage of getting girls called up into the England Youth camps. Currently, we have a girl in the Under-14s, 15s, and 16s and we’ve also had two girls leave us for Arsenal this Summer.
“We want to continue developing players, that’s exactly what we are here to do and we couldn’t’ be prouder. We hope that we can continue to do so and continue climbing up the pyramid together."