GIRLS CUP QUARTER-FINALS DRAWNLast Eight Pairings Made for Essex County CupsThe first County Cup Quarter-Final Draws of 2016/17 were made at the Essex County FA’s Chelmsford headquarters on Wednesday (12th October) as the Under 16s and Under 14s Girls Cup last eight pairings were decided.Three-time Essex Under 16s Girls Cup winners West Ham United have returned to the competition after a season’s hiatus, and they have been dealt an away tie at Maldon A’ Division, whilst their hosts sit at the bottom of the B’ Division. But Maldon will be hoping to spring an upset.Billericay Town (Blues) and Great Danes (Lions) both boast a 100% start to the campaign so far, and they will hope to defeat Colebrook Royals and Tigers respectively, whilst Leigh Ramblers – who knocked out holders Writtle Minors with a 2-0 First Round triumph last weekend – welcome Colchester Town to South-East Essex.Billericay Town are the holders of the Essex Under 14s Girls Cup, and they began their defence with a 5-1 triumph over Island Girls. They now play host to Brentwood Girls in the Quarter-Finals. The one remaining Under 13s team, Leigh Ramblers (Blues), have a tricky tie against the returning West Ham United.There is a local derby in South Essex, where Little Thurrock Dynamos (Lionesses) welcome St Clere’s, and the last eight ties are completed by Colebrook Royals’ trip to Beacon Hill Rovers. All matches are scheduled to be played on Sunday 6th November.Both the Essex Under 14s and Under 16s Girls cups were introduced in 2009 as part of Tesco’s UK-wide support of youth competitions, West Ham United Under 16s becoming champions of the UK in 2010. Tesco reverted to backing schools’ competitions in 2011, but the Essex County FA continue to promote and develop both Girls County Cups.Essex Under 16s Girls Cup Quarter-Finals (ties to be played on Sunday 6th November 2016): Billericay Town (Blues) vs Colebrook Royals, Maldon & Tiptree vs West Ham United, Tigers vs Great Danes (Lions), Leigh Ramblers vs Colchester Town.Essex Under 14s Girls Cup Quarter-Finals (ties to be played on Sunday 6th November 2016): Little Thurrock Dynamos (Lionesses) vs St Clere’s, Beacon Hill Rovers vs Colebrook Royals, Leigh Ramblers (Under 13s Blues) vs West Ham United, Billericay Town (Blues) vs Brentwood Girls AFC.
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