'Team spirit key in Chelsea's run to Cup semi-final'

Friday 01 May 2015
Gemma Davison (No7) celebrates a goal with Chelsea captain Katie Chapman

Fantastic team morale is one key reason for Chelsea’s run to The FA Women’s Cup semi-final, says Gemma Davison.

The Blues eased past Watford in round five before edging holders Arsenal 2-1 in the quarter final.

Davison scored in both of those victories and has also been instrumental in Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the FA WSL 1 season.

Chelsea v Man City

The FA Women's Cup
2pm, Monday 4 May
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers FC
Tickets priced £5 adults, £2 children

And as Emma Hayes’s side prepare to face Manchester City in the last four on Monday, Davison revealed how team spirit has helped her fit in following her off-season move from Liverpool.

The 28-year-old said: "This is one of the best teams I’ve been a part of in terms of morale and I think that goes a long way. 

"I’m really happy here, I feel at home. I’ve been reunited with a lot of former team-mates and that always helps you settle.

"I was welcomed into the club and into the squad straightaway. I have confidence in the players around me and we’ve started the season really well so things couldn’t have gone better really.

"We had a really good pre-season and hit the ground running as soon as the campaign started.

"So far I’d like to think we are being rewarded for all the hard work we put in during pre-season."

These two teams have recent history. City beat Chelsea in last season's Continental Cup semi-final and on the final day of the season, a loss which cost the Londoners the FA WSL 1 title.

Gemma Davison

Gemma Davison in FA WSL 1 action for Chelsea

Davison was then part of the Liverpool squad who benefitted from that result – and she has urged her new team-mates to not dwell too much on last year’s disappointment.

She added: "I obviously wasn’t at the club last year but I’m certainly aware of what happened on the last day of the season.

"I’m sure all the girls will want to make up for what happened last season, having lost to City in the League and the Continental Cup.

"But we need to focus on this game rather than what’s happened in the past. We’re in a good place at the minute and we want to take that confidence into this semi-final.

"However, we won’t be taking City lightly. They are really organised and have some great players so they are definitely going to pose a threat.

"I’m sure the best team on the day will go through."

Everton take on Notts County in the first semi-final on Sunday.

Tickets for both matches are priced £5 for adults and £2 for children and are on sale now.

Season ticket holders of all four semi-finalists, for both their men’s and women’s teams, will receive free entry to their respective matches. Notts County season ticket holders will need to contact the club to apply for their ticket.

Tickets for Everton v Notts County are available via www.evertonfc.com/ladiesfacuptickets.

Tickets for Chelsea v Manchester City are available from www.wwfc.com/tickets. Wycombe Wanderers’ season tickets holders will also receive free entry to this last-four tie.

By Glenn Lavery