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Leeds Utd emerged as penalty shootout winners over Bristol Academy in the solitary all-National Division tie in the Fourth Round of the FA Women's Cup.
An evenly contested battle remained goalless until the final five minutes, when Leeds went in front as Sue Smith cut the ball back for Amanda Barr to fire home. However as the game went into injury time, a goalmouth scramble from an Academy corner ensued as Carly Telford saved Kerrie Manley's header and, after Emma Jones' shot was blocked, Corinne Yorston bundled the ball home for the equaliser.
During the extra period, Telford pulled off a brilliant save to touch Jessica Fishlock's 30-yard drive on to the bar and Mel Sutcliffe struck the post for Leeds. In the dying minutes, Leeds were reduced to ten players as Sophie Walton was sent off for a second bookable offence and the game went to penalties.
After Justine Lorton had put Academy ahead, Sue Smith sent Leeds' first effort over the bar but Telford then saved from Emma Jones and Kerry Bartlett. Stef Curtis denied Sutcliffe's attempted winning penalty with a save, sending the shootout in sudden death. Fishlock stepped up for Academy but she struck the post, enabling Katie Holtham to slot home the winner against her former club.
Another player to haunt her former club was Ann Marie Heatherson, who scored twice for WFC Fulham as they ran out 3-0 winners over Charlton Athletic. Cherrelly Albert rounded off the victory for the Southern Division title chasers against their National Division opponents.
Leicester City WFC's superb Cup run continued as they knocked out Premier League opponents for the second round running. This time, the Midland Combination side won 1-0 against Millwall Lionesses, Natasha Meade scoring the only goal of the game midway through the second half.
Watford were taken to extra time before eventually running out 4-1 victors over Manchester City. Helen Lander was on target twice, with Mikaela Howell and Cori Daniels also finding the net to send Watford into the last sixteen.
Holders Arsenal won 11-1 against Newquay for the second time this season, this time spearheaded by a four-goal haul from Lianne Sanderson. Jayne Ludlow and Ciara Grant each scored twice along with Gemma Davison, Rachel Yankey and a Mary Phillip penalty. Helen Wood scored a last minute consolation for the Cornish side.
Chelsea ended the hopes of Northern Combination side Middlesbrough with a 5-2 victory but had to play for an hour with nine players as Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko were both sent off. Ellen White had given Chelsea an early lead but in-form striker Nicky Duckling then scored twice to give 'Boro hopes of a shock victory. However Chelsea did not panic and White levelled the scores before going on to complete her hat-trick and further goals came from Katie Owen and Dunia Susi.
Everton came through a potentially tricky tie in emphatic style, scoring nine without reply against Barnet. Michelle Evans and Jody Handley both hit doubles and there was a goal apiece from Fern Whelan, Jill Scott, Amy Kane, Michelle Hinnigan and Rachel Unitt.
Four first half goals helped Doncaster Rovers Belles to a 5-0 victory over Swindon Town at the County Ground. Emily Heckler scored twice, with one each from Vicky Exley and Precious Hamilton to sink the hopes of the South West Combination side and Carla Cantrell rounded off the scoring for the Belles late on.
Cardiff City gained a much-needed win to book their place in the Fifth Round, 4-0 away to Crewe Alexandra. Natasha Harding put Cardiff ahead early on but it wasn't until the last ten minutes that they added any further goals, Kelly Isaac scoring twice and Laurie Harries adding the other.
Liverpool have a good record in the Cup in recent seasons and they are off and running again, after beating South West Combination side Forest Green Rovers 6-0. Six different players each found the net for the Reds, with a goal apiece from Jo Traynor, Gayle Formston, Gill Hart, Alison Hastie, Kelly Jones and Cheryl Foster.
Lincoln City ran out 6-0 winners away to Aston Villa and are now just one round away from equalling their best ever run in the competition. Leading scorer Jodie Snelson netted twice as did Kerry Smith, with Megan Harris and debutant Carla Ward completing the Lady Imps' tally.
Blackburn Rovers, semi finalists last season, made it safely through to the last sixteen by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1. Levi Penny gave Rovers an early lead which was doubled by Denise Campbell before the break, and Katie Anderton bagged a double in the second half.
Newcastle Utd ensured that their new management duo, Neil Baistow and Melanie Reay, got off to a winning start with a fine 3-1 success at Preston North End. After Gemma Watson had put the home side ahead from the penalty spot, Naomi Robson levelled and Sarah Bennett gave Newcastle the lead with a solo goal on the stroke of half time. Preston struck the woodwork after the break, before Bennett wrapped up the win with her second goal.
Portsmouth made sure their long journey home from Yorkshire was a happy one as they narrowly got the better of Rotherham Utd by the odd goal in seven. England under-19 midfielder Brooke Chaplen was the hero for Pompey as she netted all four goals for her side whilst Rotherham replied via a Suzanne Davies double and Kerry Longstone.
West Ham Utd stormed into the Fifth Round in style, scoring seven times without reply against Colchester Utd. Tracey Duxbury led the scoring for Hammers with a four-goal haul, whilst Katy Ling weighed in with a hat-trick.
other reports to follow very soon!
Photo - Bristol Academy winger Gwennan Harries takes on Leeds Utd full back Nicole Emmanuel.
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