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​Women's Continental Cup: Merseyside derby in new cup format

Holders Arsenal Ladies will travel to fellow top-flight side Reading in the first round of the Women's Continental Cup.

The cup involves all 19 sides from Women's Super League One and Two.

The six lowest-ranked sides from 2015 were drawn into a preliminary round.

All eight of last season's WSL 1 sides move straight to the first round, and were deliberately drawn away from home.

Preliminary Round draw:

Sheffield v Durham

Oxford United v Millwall Lionesses

Watford v London Bees

First Round draw

Doncaster Rovers Belles v Sunderland

Yeovil Town v Notts County

Oxford United or Millwall Lionesses v Birmingham City

Everton v Liverpool

Aston Villa v Manchester City

Reading v Arsenal

Watford or London Bees v Chelsea

Sheffield or Durham v Bristol City

The preliminary round will take place over the weekend of Saturday 7 May and the first round is scheduled for Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July.

Ian Ferris
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