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Holders Everton were knocked out of the Premier League Cup as Arsenal gained revenge for last year's Final defeat with a 3-1 victory.
The Gunners took a 38th minute lead when Karen Carney netted from the penalty spot and goals either side of the half time break from Kim Little sealed the win, despite Fara Williams pulling a goal back in the second half.
However the main drama was reserved for Portsmouth's penalty shootout victory over National Division opponents Blackburn Rovers following a 4-4 draw. However this hardly begins to tell the story as Blackburn had an astonishing four players sent off during the course of the match. Katie Anderton netted two first half goals for Rovers with Gemma Ritchie and Lisa Langrish bringing the scores level after the break. Anderton completed her hat-trick before she and Natalie Brewer were red carded, Ritchie then scored her second to send the game into extra time. Natalie Preston restored Blackburn's lead but then both she and Jenna Carroll were sent off. Blackburn's seven players held out until the dying minutes when Ritchie notched her hat-trick goal to set up a penalty shootout. Goalkeeper Roxy Roberts turned out to be Pompey's hero with two saves, to send her side into the quarter finals for the first time.
Chelsea won a tightly contested tie 3-2 against Leeds Carnegie after extra time. Twice Chelsea took the lead with goals from Brooke Chaplen and on each occasion, Sue Smith replied to help send the game into the extra period where Eniola Aluko's 94th minute goal turned out to be the decider.
A late goal ensured that Watford are just one step away from repeating last year's run to the semi finals as they came through a tricky tie away to OOH Lincoln with a 3-2 victory. Watford raced into a two goal lead during the first half thanks to Charlie Nicholson and Ashlee Hincks but the Lady Imps fought back after the break and got back on terms through Leandra Little and Carla Ward. With two minutes remaining, Watford grabbed the winning goal thanks to Jodian Clarke.
Preston North End are through to the last eight after they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 to give new Head Coach Anthony Chattell a winning start. Louise Cafferkey scored the only goal of the game to make sure that the Northern Division will be represented in the quarter finals.
The other three ties were all postponed because of the weather and are set to be played next Sunday.
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