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Spurs Ladies set for 'ultimate test' against Arsenal in Women's FA Cup

Sat 18 March 2017, 14:00|Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs Ladies face the biggest, most high-profile match in their 32-year history on Sunday.

They take on Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Women’s Cup at Borehamwood’s Meadow Park (2pm).

This is the second time Spurs have reached the fifth round of the most prestigious competition in the ladies’ game and they take on the world-renowned Gunners, FA Cup holders, 14-times winners and a team expected to challenge for honours in the top tier of Women’s Super League 1, two levels above Spurs, who currently top the FA Women’s Premier League South.

Spurs remain unbeaten after 27 matches of this incredible 20167-17 campaign.

As well as topping the FAWPL South, they made history last time out when they took the scalp of a WSL team for the first time, beating WSL2 Brighton in the fourth round. They are also in three cup finals - all against Charlton.

But this is the one test they all wanted, again, in terms of women’s football, one of Europe’s best - Arsenal are packed with internationals including four in the England squad for the recent She Believes Cup.

Below: Ladies skipper Jenna Schillaci after the fourth round win against Brighton


Spurs are undaunted though and relishing the task, underlined by central defender and skipper Jenna Schillaci.

“We are a determined group of players so we always want to challenge ourselves to ensure we continue to improve - and challenges don’t come much bigger than playing Arsenal in the 5th Round of The FA Cup!” she said.

“Arsenal are one of the top teams in the country with world-class players so it will be great to see how we compete against a WSL1 team.

"We are aware it will be a high-profile game, it’s important we don’t let the occasion get the better of us, we will prepare and go into like we would any other match.

“We’re on a great run, confidence is high and we’re more than ready for the challenge.”

Manager Karen Hills added: “It’s the ultimate test against the most successful team in this competition, and fantastic opponents for us to test ourselves against.

“We’ve always said we want to pit ourselves against the best teams and here we are - and we won’t shy away from the challenge.”