Dean dreaming of FA Cup magic when high-flying City visit Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies forward Rianna Dean celebrate scoring at London Bees (pic: Wu's Photography

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies forward Rianna Dean celebrate scoring at London Bees (pic: Wu's Photography). - Credit: Archant

Spurs Ladies will take on the professional club this weekend looking to cause a big upset

Rianna Dean says the belief in the Tottenham Hotspur Ladies camp is sky high ahead of Sunday’s big clash at home to Manchester City Women in the Women’s FA Cup fifth round.

Spurs will entertain a team currently top of the Women’s Super League title, trying to reach the quarter-finals for the first time ever.

Dean, who leads the scoring charts for the Lilywhites this season, insists anything can happen in the 2pm kick-off despite City being the overwhelming favourites.

She said: “With the belief we have in our team, who knows what will happen. It’s the FA Cup. It’s a funny game.

“We want to play against the best players and I think Sunday will be a brilliant experience for all of us.”

Tottenham go into the clash following a 3-0 win at London Bees in the FA Women’s Championship last weekend.

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Dean grabbed her 15th goal of the season before Annabel Johnson put through her own net at the Hive.

Sarah Wiltshire wrapped up the scoring for Spurs with a fine strike to ensure they are still top of the table.

Tottenham will get back to their title tilt next week, when Leicester City Women visit on Wednesday, February 20, but for now the focus is the cup.

Captain Jenna Schillaci said: “This is the kind of draw we hoped for and it will be a real test.

“It is an opportunity to see how far we’ve come, playing against some of the best players in the country. It’s going to be a great occasion and we hope everyone will enjoy the day.”

Spurs team-mate Josie Green added: “This is what we train for and this is what we play for – to come up against the big teams.

“It’s the FA Cup. Anything can happen. We’re really looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a big game, but we’re ready.”

A potential advantage for Tottenham is the fact City are in action days before the tie, tomorrow (Thursday) in the Women’s Super League at home to Everton Ladies.

It will mean Karen Hills’ young, improving team have more time than their higher-level rivals to prepare for the game.

Spurs are hoping to host a big crowd at Cheshunt FC’s Theobalds Lane and a great occasion is in store whatever the result, but Tottenham would dearly love the magic of the cup to sprinkle over them this weekend.