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Millwall Lionesses headed a day of shocks in the F.A.Women's Cup Fourth Round with a stunning 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Emma Whitter scored the only goal of the game for Keith Boanas' side in the fifteenth minute but it took a fine second half display from goalkeeper Claire Lacey to clinch the win against the Premier League Cup finalists.
Last season's semi finalists OOH Lincoln also went down to a surprise defeat, beaten 1-0 at home by Curzon Ashton. Lincoln had triumphed 9-0 when the sides had met in the league earlier in the season but the form book was turned upside down as Curzon earned themselves a fine result, thanks to a winning goal from Emily Lambourne seven minutes from time.
Middlesbrough are one of two Combination clubs definitely through to the last sixteen so far, they booked their place thanks to an excellent 4-2 win away to Leicester City to claim their second Premier League scalp in successive rounds. Jess Close struck twice for 'Boro inside the opening half hour with Hannah Smith reducing the arrears just before half time. There was no further scoring until the final ten minutes, when Nicky Duckling added to her growing reputation with a late double to seal the win, despite Remi Allen replying with a late penalty.
The other Combination side to go through is Derby County, who defeated Lewes on penalties after the sides had shared a 3-3 draw. Lewes raced into a two-goal lead through a double from Claire Trafford before Derby fought back with goals by Maria Wayne and Amy Pashley to take the game into extra time. Emily Jeffrey sent Derby ahead for the first time with Helen Whitton levelling the scores to take the game into the shootout - the second for Lewes in successive rounds. Despite missing their first attempt, Derby went on to win 4-3 to reach the Fifth Round for the first time in their history.
Liverpool meanwhile won their all-National Division tie, 1-0 against Nottingham Forest to avenge their defeat in the Premier League Cup earlier in the season. Welsh international striker Cheryl Foster is enjoying a fine season in front of goal for the Reds and she settled the match with the only strike, shortly before half time.
Sunderland ensured that Cardiff City's long journey home was a disappointing one by beating the South Wales side 4-1. After Sophie Williams had struck the post early on, Natalie Gutteridge headed Sunderland ahead on the half hour and Williams doubled the lead on half time through a close range header. Zoe Atkins gave Cardiff renewed hope with fifteen minutes remaining and she was denied a second by a fine save from Helen Alderson before Gutteridge and Nicola Devine added late goals for the Wearsiders to put the result beyond doubt.
The remaining Fourth Round ties all fell victim to the weather and will be played next Sunday.
The final Third Round tie was finally completed though, another which went all the way to penalties after Manchester City and Newcastle Utd battled out a 3-3 draw. Katie Brusell and Ellie Turner were on target for City, with Beth Gardner and Rachel Furness replying for Newcastle, as the game went into extra time where Brusell completed her double, with a late strike from Melanie Reay ensuring the shootout. Sudden death was needed before City eventually triumphed 8-7 and they will take on Preston North End in the Fourth Round next Sunday.
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