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Premier League Cup holders Leeds Utd are out of this year's competition after they were beaten
3-1 after extra time by Sunderland.
Kelly McDougall gave Sunderland a ninth minute lead which was cancelled out just four minutes later by Leeds skipper Gemma Bonner, who headed home from a corner. Neither side could produce another goal and the game went into extra time.
In the second period, the Wearsiders finally broke down the resistance of Leeds with McDougall driving home her second goal. Five minutes from time, Gemma Wilson headed in the third to seal victory for Sunderland who are now the competition favourites.
Blackburn Rovers were sent tumbling out as they were beaten 4-0 by Northern Division opponents Leicester City. Vicky Gallagher netted either side of half time before Natasha Meade and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk added further goals (see match report).
West Ham Utd also knocked out top flight opposition, the Southern Division leaders defeating Reading FC Women 2-1. Emma Thomas gave the Hammers an early lead with Fran Kirby equalising on the half hour, but it was West Ham who were grabbed a winner in the dying minutes through Nina Downham.
Nottingham Forest came through an awkward away tie in some style, running out 5-0 winners over Gillingham. Catherine Lawson led the scoring with a hat-trick, with Jemma Connor-Iommi and Katie Waddell rounding off the win with further strikes.
Millwall Lionesses are through to the quarter finals, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Coventry City. The first half ended goalless but Millwall were ahead within five minutes of the restart via an own goal. Meghan McKeag and Emma Beckett also found the net before Callan Barber scored a late consolation for the Sky Blues.
Portsmouth are making a habit of great fightbacks in the Cup this year, repeating their feat of coming from three goals behind when playing Yeovil Town in the group stages. This time, they conceded three goals in the opening fifteen minutes against Aston Villa, for whom Louise Fellows, Natasha Merritt and Kerrie Manley were all on the scoresheet. Shelly Cox and Gemma Hillier pulled goals back for Pompey ahead of the break and a Lindsey Roe double put them ahead for the first time. Kimberley Farrow levelled the scores for Villa once again but Justine Lorton sealed a 5-4 win for Portsmouth with the winning goal, five minutes from time.
Barnet were given a scare by Brighton & Hove Albion before emerging as 3-2 winners. The Seagulls led at the break through a strike from Kim Stenning on the half hour, but Sally Wade squared matters for Barnet a minute after the restart. Stacey Sowden then put the Bees ahead and, although Brighton fought back to equalise through Sarah Kempson, Jess Trimnell gave Barnet victory with a decisive third goal in injury time.
Cardiff City powered into the last eight on the back of a 4-0 victory away to Curzon Ashton. Amie Lea put the South Wales side in front inside the opening twenty minutes and they went on to add further goals after the break through Lisa Bird, Natasha Harding and Sophie Ingle.
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