Monday, September 1st, 2014
For the second time in the Club’s history, Bristol Academy will be competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League tournament after they finished runners up in the FAWSL last season.
Having been named as a seeded team, the Vixens will face un-seeded Irish side Raheny United FC. FAWSL champions Liverpool are un-seeded due to a lower coefficient to Bristol Academy which sees the league winners face a tough tie against Swedish side Linkoping.
Bristol Manager Dave Edmondson is pleased with the draw, he said: “Drawing an Irish team is good in terms of travel and organisation.”Captain Jemma Rose and the Vixens are eager to get their teeth into a successful Champions League campaign, she said “The atmosphere and vibe around the entire club is really excited to finally get our campaign underway. Nothing has changed in terms of our training schedule as we are training 5 times a week still preparing for crucial FAWSL matches.”The away leg will be played at Tolka Park on Thursday October 9th 7.30pm, pending UEFA approval of the ground which is expected early next week.
Raheny United have won the Bus Eireann Women's National League consecutively in 2013 and 2014 and have also won the WFAI Cup in 2012 & 2013. It may be Raheny’s first year in the competition but they have strength and depth within their squad with 10 Irish senior and U19 internationals. Vixens manager Edmondson confirmed “Irish Women’s football is in a good place at the moment and Raheny had a strong qualification process so will be a tough opponent.” This said Jemma Rose is feeling confident; “our win at the weekend has increased confidence both individually and as a squad. We’ve shown a lot of creativity in the final third which resulted in us scoring 5 past Everton last weekend.”