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Sheffield Wednesday caused the surprise of the day in the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup as they won 2-1 away to Cardiff City.
The Northern Combination side came from a goal behind against their Premier League rivals to claim victory with goals from Sarah Donohoe and Rachel Skeemer.
Sunderland, beaten finalists two years ago, progressed to the Fourth Round by running out 7-2 winners over Portsmouth. Keira Ramshaw and Natalie Gutteridge put the Wearsiders ahead inside five minutes and, despite Lindsey Roe pulling a goal back for Pompey, Demi Stokes restored the two-goal deficit. A Gemma Wilson own goal gave Portsmouth renewed hope but Gutteridge netted her second ahead of the break and in the second half, Kelly McDougall netted from the penalty spot before Ramshaw completed her double and Jordan Atkinson netted the seventh to give Sunderland revenge for their defeat to Portsmouth in the Premier League Cup two weeks ago.
The only all-National Division clash between Leeds Utd and Blackburn Rovers turned out to be a very tight affair with penalties deciding the outcome. Hannah Forster came closest to breaking the deadlock during play, the Blackburn midfielder hitting the bar with a long range effort, before Rovers goalkeeper Krystal Parker saved two penalties during the resulting shootout to help send her side through.
The last remaining Regional League club exited the competition but not after giving Watford a huge scare. Indeed, Andover New Street led the National Division side 2-1 with goals from Kristina Wright and Catherine Browning until the dying minutes, when Sarah Wiltshire netted twice to add to Kate Natkiel's earlier strike (see match report).
Reading FC Women also needed to stage a comeback in their 5-3 win away to Gillingham. Lauren Phillips netted the only goal of the first half for the Gills and she doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart. However a five-goal blitz in twelve minutes turned the game firmly in Reading's favour, Nikki Watts and Melissa Fletcher both bagging doubles with captain Kelly Chambers also finding the net. Natalie Crinean pulled a goal back for Gillingham but Reading held on for victory with no further scares.
Nottingham Forest also came from behind as they defeated Leicester City 4-2. Natalie Reay gave Leicester the perfect start after five minutes when she converted a Courtney Sweetman-Kirk cross but five minutes later, Forest were level when Catherine Lawson slotted home a penalty. Early in the second half, Suzanne Davies headed home a free kick from Jemma Connor-Iommi to give Forest a lead which was soon increased by Natalie Clarke. Lauren Impey scored a penalty to give Leicester a lifeline with seven minutes left but Davies grabbed her second to seal victory for Forest in a tight tussle in blustery conditions.
Millwall Lionesses saw off the challenge of Sporting Club Albion with a 4-0 victory. Three first half goals put the Lionesses on their way, Dionne Lennon giving them the lead before Shauni Griffith netted twice. After the break, Griffith completed her hat-trick to see Millwall home.
Last season's semi finalists Barnet also won 4-0, away to Loughborough Students. Danielle Murphy netted the only goal of the first half for the Bees, with Jess Trimnell scoring a second half brace and Zoe Lance also getting on the scoresheet.
Rochdale made sure of progressing, courtesy of a 2-1 victory at Coventry City. Keeleigh Savage's early strike for Dale was quickly cancelled out by Jade Formaston but the Lancashire side came up with a winning strike in the final minute of play, Chantelle Parry firing home the decisive goal.
Charlton Athletic made sure that the long journey home from Curzon Ashton was a happy one, as they returned with a 3-1 success under their belts. Ellie Bailes, Grace Coombs and Kim Dixson all found the net for the Addicks, with the home side replying through Nicky Maylett.
West Ham Utd emerged as narrow 1-0 winners from a closely contested tie against Brighton & Hove Albion. The decisive moment of the match came three minutes before half time as Carly Roache slotted home the only goal after being set up by Gemma Shepherd.
There was more late action as Colchester Utd defeated Newcastle Utd 2-1. The U's went ahead in the fifth minute via an Emily Heaslip penalty but Newcastle hit back after the break and levelled the scores midway through the second half with a goal from Beth Gardener. However with nine minutes remaining, defender Amelia Southgate settled matters when she bundled home from a free kick.
Derby County came through a difficult tie against South West Combination leaders Plymouth Argyle with a 2-0 win.
Leeds City Vixens progressed to the Fourth Round with a 3-2 victory away to South East Combination opponents Cambridge Women, thanks to goals from Kelly Bevan, Stacey Daniel and Natalie Haigh.
Mossley Hill's excellent Cup run has reached another stage as they triumphed 3-2 against Luton Town. Hannah Lundberg, Sophie Perry and an own goal proved to be just enough to take the Northern Combination side into the Fourth Round for the first time.
Enfield Town secured a place in the next round, thanks to a 1-0 win at Southampton Saints. Miranda Hall scored the only goal of the game for the South East Combination side early in the first half, direct from a corner.
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