Stephanie Bannon

Bannon hoping to spring cup upset

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by Stuart Vose

Ladies skipper looking to topple Liverpool this weekend.

Sunderland Ladies captain Steph Bannon is eager for another cup run having come agonisingly close to winning the FA Cup back in 2009.

Bannon was just 20 when she skippered the Lady Black Cats in the FA Cup final at Derby's Pride Park.

When Liverpool came out of the hat it probably wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but then again to win the cup you have to beat the best

- Steph Bannon

Sunderland suffered a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on that day, and Bannon is determined to tee up a return.

The Lady Black Cats’ skipper will lead the side out as they face Liverpool in the fifth round of this season’s competition at the Hetton Centre (Eppleton CW) this Sunday (April 13, KO 2.05pm).

“Obviously having been in the final once before I know what’s it’s like and what the game felt like,” she said.

“I’d love to have that opportunity again and we’ve been fantastic in the FA Cup so far.

“We’ve had two magnificent wins and scored lots of goals.”

Those wins – versus Oxford and Watford – were achieved with nine goals scored and just two conceded.

And ahead of their clash with Liverpool, Bannon and her team-mates will take encouragement from their cup meeting with the Reds at the Academy of Light last year, with the visitors winning only by a late goal.

Liverpool went on to take the WSL 1 title by five points.

“When Liverpool came out of the hat it probably wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but then again to win the cup you have to beat the best,” Bannon added.

“Why not beat them now if we can?”

Sunderland Ladies season card holders are entitled to free admission to this game as part of their season cards.

Meanwhile cash admission at the turnstiles is priced at £4 adults and £1 over-65s and under-16s. Tickets are also available online.