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Grace excited for her Valley debut
Grace excited for her Valley debut
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:32AM GMT, Friday, 13 March 2015
The excitement for the Charlton women’s team’s date at The Valley is building, as they prepare to return to SE7 for the first time in competitive competition since November 2003.
Quote by: Grace Coombs“We’re all really excited for it. Hopefully we can get quite a few people down there, get a big crowd and show that we’re worthy of people coming to watch us.”Quote by: Grace Coombs
Grace Coombs
The Addicks host Cardiff City, a team with whom they have already shared 11 goals in two games this season, in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup semi final on Sunday (2pm).

Entry to the match is £5 for adults; £2 for concessions and Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.

And defender Grace Coombs, who missed the two end-of-season friendlies the women’s team have played there in recent years, hopes the team can showcase their abilities in front of a bumper crowd.

“I haven’t played [at The Valley] yet; they played there when I left [to play and study at the University of Massachusetts], so I’m really excited for it,” she said.

“Obviously supporting [Charlton] as well, I’ve been down there so many times to watch games and been there so much so it will be great for me to actually get the chance to play there.

“We’re all really excited for it. Hopefully we can get quite a few people down there, get a big crowd and show that we’re worthy of people coming to watch us.”

“I think it will also maybe drive everyone to think what could happen if, say, we went into the FA Women’s Super League.

“And when you play the bigger teams, a lot of them play at bigger stadiums anyway so it’s just getting more accustomed to what could happen in the future for us.

“Hopefully it will give the girls a bit of an incentive to strive to get that more frequently.”

The winner of the game will face current holders Sheffield FC, who defeated one of Charlton’s FAWPL South title rivals Portsmouth 2-0 in their semi.

The Yorkshire side last season defeated the Addicks 6-0 in the FA Women’s Cup, in a season they also went on to become FAWPL North champions.

So Coombs, for whom that was her second match back since returning from the States, believes banishing memories of that defeat could act as additional motivation for her side.

Should they beat Cardiff, it will also make it a treble of finals this season, having already advanced to the Capital Cup and Ryman Cup showpieces, against West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Coombs added: “It’s great to get to as many finals as you can and get as much silverware as you can.

“Knowing Sheffield are in the final is another incentive for the girls that played them last year when that game didn’t go as we would have expected.

“It would be great to get to another final and play at a big stadium again and test ourselves against probably the best team in the Premier League.”

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