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Arsenal are through to the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup, thanks to a 2-0 win against National Division leaders Millwall Lionesses.
Jennifer Beattie gave the Gunners an eighth minute lead but they were unable to make the game safe until five minutes from time, when Jayne Ludlow slotted in the second.
Last season's beaten finalists Doncaster Rovers Belles progressed to the last eight by beating Northern Division high fliers Leicester City 3-1. The Belles went two ahead inside the opening twenty minutes through Liz Hansen and Vicky Exley but Kirsty Robson halved the deficit on the half hour. The Belles sealed victory midway through the second half with the third goal, Rachel Williams scoring against her former club.
Everton are one step closer towards regaining the trophy they won two seasons ago after defeating Sunderland 4-0. Natasha Dowie opened the scoring in the third minute and Fara Williams doubled their advantage, and further goals inside the last eight minutes from Jill Scott and Jody Handley saw Everton home.
Chelsea came through a tough test, a solitary second half goal from Lianne Sanderson giving them a 1-0 success away to Portsmouth.
Blackburn Rovers arguably recorded the result of the day, winning 2-1 at Birmingham City after extra time. Cristina Torkildsen gave Birmingham a first half lead, scoring from the penalty spot shortly before the interval, but Blackburn were back on level terms when Katie Anderton netted on the hour. The game looked to be heading towards a penalty shoot out but with five minutes of extra time remaining, Nicky Harding popped up to score a decisive goal and send Blackburn through to the quarter finals.
Leeds Carnegie were another side to be given a stern examination by a lower division side before emerging as 4-2 winners over Aston Villa. Remi Allen gave Leeds an early lead which was cancelled out by Kim Farrow and, after Jade Moore had put Leeds back in front, Farrow struck again moments later to level once again for Villa. Ellen White gave Leeds the lead for a third time and this time they went on to secure victory with a strike from Katie Holtham.
Keynsham Town have made it into the quarter finals for the first time in their history by beating former winners Charlton Athletic 3-1. All three Keynsham goals came from headers, Kayleigh Sage giving them a lead which was doubled by Ashley Reinecke. Grace Coombs pulled a goal back for the Addicks but Keynsham added a third goal through Tanja Andjelkovic. An evenly contested second half produced no further goals.
The remaining Second Round tie between Bristol Academy and Reading FC Women was postponed because of illness amongst the Reading players.
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