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Arsenal edged into the quarter finals of the F.A.Women's Cup with a narrow 3-2 win against Leeds Carnegie.
In a match which was the repeat of the 2006 and 2008 Finals, the Gunners went into a first half lead with a goal from Jennifer Beattie. Early in the second half, Ellen White levelled the scores but Jayne Ludlow put Arsenal ahead on the hour mark.
Rachel Yankey grabbed what proved to be a decisive third with eleven minutes remaining but Leeds reduced the arrears through Jess Clarke and pressed hard for an equaliser but Arsenal stood firm to take their place in the last eight.
Next up for Arsenal will be a home tie against Doncaster Rovers Belles, who came through another closely fought game, winning 1-0 over Birmingham City.
The only goal of the game came ten minutes before half time as Rachel Williams was brought down in the area by Blues defender Kerys Harrop, who was shown the red card for the offence. Belles captain Vicky Exley stepped up to score from the resulting penalty (see match report).
Everton moved a step closer towards their first Cup Final appearance for five years, scoring seven without reply against Portsmouth.
Despite resistance from Pompey, Toni Duggan and Jill Scott sent the Toffees into a two-goal lead at half time and the advantage was doubled early in the second half through Natasha Dowie and Duggan. Fara Williams and Jody Handley added further goals before Duggan completed her hat-trick to round off the scoring.
In the quarter finals, Everton will face Blackburn Rovers who ended the hopes of OOH Lincoln with a 1-0 extra time victory.
Blackburn striker Katie Anderton had missed a second half penalty during normal time but the goal ace was not to be denied and settled the match by scoring with an overhead kick, with just two minutes left to play.
The local derby between West Ham Utd and Barnet lived up to expectations and it was the Bees who progressed to the last eight with a 3-2 win after extra time in a thrilling Cup tie.
Barnet twice took the lead through Holly Sandow and Gemma Rudman but West Ham fought back on both occasions with a double from Nina Downham, netting against her former club. With five minutes of extra time left, Claire Thomas put Barnet ahead once more and it proved to be the winner for Tracy Kevins' side, although Becky Merritt missed a late penalty for the Hammers.
Revised Sixth Round draw:
Curzon Ashton or Aston Villa v Chelsea or Millwall Lionesses
Barnet v Yeovil Town or Nottingham Forest
Arsenal v Doncaster Rovers Belles
Everton v Blackburn Rovers
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