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Cardiff City Ladies became the only Premier League team to knock out FA WSL opponents in the Fourth Round, when they defeated Oxford Utd on a penalty shootout.
The game ended in a goalless draw after extra time with chances at both end of the pitch, Hannah Short twice hit the woodwork for Oxford and Estelle Randall was in fine form in goal for Cardiff, who also went close themselves on a number of occasions with Cori Williams and Zoe Atkins almost making a breakthrough. Both teams missed one of their five penalties but after Oxford missed their first attempt in sudden death, Emily Poole coolly slotted home the winning kick to spark off wild Cardiff celebrations and send them into the last sixteen.
The tie between Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic was expected to be a closely fought one and it lived up to expectations with the Addicks triumphing 3-2 after extra time. After a goalless first half, an own goal put Charlton ahead two minutes after the restart, with Natasha Flint equalising shortly afterwards. Charlotte Gurr restored Charlton's lead but once again Rovers hit back, Flint netting her second to send the game into an extra thirty minutes. The Addicks went in front for a third time when Georgia Griffin scored after ten minutes and this time, the 2005 Cup winners held out for a hard earned win and a place in the Fifth Round once again.
Manchester City started their defence of the trophy with a 2-0 win away to Brighton & Hove Albion. Izzy Christiansen broke the deadlock with the opening goal on the stroke of half time and Brighton's brave resistance was finally broken midway through the second half when Claire Emslie fired home the second goal.
Chelsea meanwhile swept into the last sixteen by scoring ten times without reply past London Bees. Erin Cuthbert led the scoring with a hat-trick, Fran Kirby and Katie Chapman each contributed a double and there was one apiece from Ji So-Yun and Millie Bright, with an own goal completing the tally (see match report).
Arsenal were 3-0 winners at Yeovil Town, Jordan Nobbs putting them in front with ten minutes on the clock but the Gunners then missed twice from the penalty spot, Beth Mead failing to hit the target and Danielle Carter's kick bringing out a good save from Megan Walsh. Mead did double their lead though on the stroke of half time and an own goal on the hour rounded off the scoring.
There were three all-WSL 1 ties on Sunday, the second of which saw last season's runners-up Birmingham City edge past Reading FC Women with a 1-0 victory. Marisa Ewers curled home the only goal of the game in the 34th minute and the Blues defended well after the break to seal their third successive win and clean sheet in all competitions.
Everton meanwhile came from a goal behind at half time to win 3-1 against Bristol City. Chloe Arthur opened the scoring for the Vixens after ten minutes, a lead which they held going into the break, but goals in quick succession from Olivia Chance and Georgia Brougham turned the match on its head. City pushed for an equaliser but it was Everton who were to wrap up the win when Chance scored her second with seven minutes remaining.
Liverpool join their Merseyside neighbours in the last sixteen after keeping up their good run of form with a 5-0 victory over Watford. Ali Johnson gave the Reds an early lead and Caroline Weir curled home the second, with Beth England and Martha Harris adding further goals before half time. England rounded off the scoring when she netted her second of the game, just after the hour mark.
Brighouse Town's excellent Cup run was brought to a crashing end at the hands of WSL 1 opposition, going down to a 13-0 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. Mollie Lambert and Lucy Staniforth each hit hat-tricks for the Wearsiders, Doiminique Bruinenberg and Hayley Sharp each added a brace and there was one apiece from Bridget Galloway, Abbey Joice and Georgia Gibson.
Durham Women were narrow 2-1 winners after staging a comeback in their well contested tie against Sheffield FC. After a goalless first half, in-form striker Melissa Johnson gave Sheffield the lead two minutes after the restart but on the hour mark, Beth Hepple drilled home the equaliser for the Wildcats. Sarah Robson completed the fightback when she put Durham in front and they could have had a third late on when Hepple's penalty was saved by Danielle Gibbons.
Aston Villa faced a tricky tie against FAWPL Northern Division leaders Middlesbrough but got through in style, with a 4-0 victory. Ebony Salmon added to her growing reputation with a fine solo goal to put Villa in front after four minutes and Elizabeta Ejupi made it two from close range, just before the half hour. Salmon netted her second just ahead of half time and the young striker turned provider for the final goal early in the second half, her low cross being turned home by Ejupi to complete her double.
Millwall Lionesses meanwhile continued their impressive season by running out 4-1 winners over Coventry Utd. The WSL 2 title chasers took the lead on 19 minutes when Megan Wynne slotted in a cross from Charlotte Devlin and Rianna Dean scored a second before half time. Devlin created a second for Dean early in the second half and the striker went on to complete her hat-trick from Ella Rutherford's pass. Coventry kept going until the end and were rewarded when Maz Gauntlett grabbed a late consolation goal.
Doncaster Rovers Belles are in the last sixteen once again following their 3-0 victory away to Tottenham Hotspur. The Belles could not have got off to a better start as Sophie Walton gave them the lead in the opening minute and Emily Simpkins added a second before the interval. Rebecca Rayner rounded off a good day for her side when she netted goal number three during the second half.
Two of the three all-FAWPL ties were played and they resulted in good days for South Coast teams. Lewes went through to the Fifth Round for the first time in their history with a 3-0 success at Keynsham Town. The home side started the game well but the Rookettes weathered the storm and took the lead shortly before half time when Amy Taylor converted from a corner. Georgia Bridges took advantage of a defensive error to score the second from close range and Sarah Kempson put the seal on a well earned win when she drilled home the third from 25 yards.
Chichester City meanwhile made sure that the long journey to Shropshire was a successful one as they won on penalties against TNS Ladies, after the teams had shared a 1-1 draw. Kim Bebbington gave TNS a first half with Chichester battling back after the break with Cherelle Khassal levelling the scores. Extra time was sadly marred as Chichester defender Emma Alexandre left the field on a stretcher following a clash of heads, which resulted in a lengthy delay, and could not produce a goal, taking the game into a shootout. Both teams found the net with their first four penalties but from TNS' final kick, Saide Wilson-Blakely pulled off a save from Emily Ridge, leaving Jess Lewry to tuck home the final kick for Chichester and take them through.
Photo - Sarah Robson scores the winning goal for Durham Women against Sheffield FC
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