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Nina Downham scored both goals as West Ham Utd reached the Fifth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup with a surprise 2-1 win over Bristol Academy.
The former Chelsea striker netted two opportunist headers to put her side two goals ahead during the first half, before Academy captain Grace McCatty reduced the arrears before the break. Academy had the vast majority of possession in the second half but West Ham defended superbly to keep them at bay, although Loren Dykes had a last minute goal disallowed for offside.
West Ham will now be at home to Barnet in the last sixteen after the Bees won a thrilling tie 3-2 after extra time at Colchester Utd.
Colchester striker Helen Bass had a first half goal ruled out for offside and the deadlock was broken after the interval by Holly Sandow who gave Barnet the lead. Colchester hit back straight away with Flo Gamby levelling the scores but Barnet went ahead once again with a well timed effort from Sandow for her second goal. Colchester fought back once more though and captain Hannah Porter headed home an equaliser which took the game into extra time.
A closely fought extra period was decided by a strike from Cheryl Williams to send Barnet through and into a tie which will guarantee a Southern Division side in the quarter finals.
Everton overcame the hopes of Queen's Park Rangers with a 6-2 victory, strike duo Cherelle Albert and Beth Curtis replying for Rangers, and next up for the Toffees is a home tie with Portsmouth, who were 2-1 winners over Luton Town.
Justine Lorton gave Pompey the lead midway through the first half when sliding home a Zoe Nash cross but Luton were back on terms by half time, a Fay Howell corner deflecting in off Cassie Thorp. The game looked to be heading for extra time when Portsmouth snatched an injury time winner, Nash again being the creator as her low centre was slotted home by captain Kirsty McGee.
Blackburn Rovers earned themselves a morale boosting 6-0 away to WFC Fulham, which books them a home tie with OOH Lincoln.
Rovers inflicted most of the damage in the first half, Nikki Twohig putting them ahead before Katie Anderton, Natalie Preston, Katy Ward and Lynda Shepherd all added further goals before half time. Fulham restricted Blackburn to one more goal after the break, a strike on the hour by Amy Kane.
The comeback of the day was achieved by Nottingham Forest who overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Leeds City Vixens 3-2.
Kirsty Robinson and Stacey Daniel looked to have sent the Yorkshire side on their way to a memorable victory but the Vixens' hearts were broken inside the last fifteen minutes as Ellie Gilliatt pulled a goal back, then Catherine Lawson equalised from the penalty spot and Andi Bell completed the comeback with the winning goal. Forest now await the winners of Norwich City's tie with Yeovil Town.
One match went all the way to penalties, a closely contested affair between Reading FC Women and Aston Villa. The game was goalless after 90 minutes and finished level at 1-1, Natasha Caswell netting for Reading with Villa replying through Kim Farrow. The resulting penalty shootout went the way of Villa, who won 4-3 on sudden death with Natalie Reay tucking home the winning spot kick. Villa are now away to either Liverpool Feds or Curzon Ashton.
Leeds Carnegie eased through with a 4-1 victory over Watford and they face the task of taking on Arsenal in the Fifth Round.
Sue Smith put Leeds ahead in the fifth minute with a far post finish from a Jess Clarke cross and Ellen White added a second midway through the first half. After the break, White completed her double with a powerful strike and Carla Cantrell broke through shortly afterwards to put Leeds four ahead.
Kate Owen scored a consolation for Watford via a superb half volley but Leeds went close to extending their lead late on when White came close to sealing her hat-trick as her shot struck a post.
Revised Fifth Round draw:
Blackburn Rovers v OOH Lincoln
Liverpool Feds or Curzon Ashton v Aston Villa
Birmingham City or Derby County v Doncaster Rovers Belles or Havant & Waterlooville
West Ham Utd v Barnet
Norwich City or Yeovil Town v Nottingham Forest
Everton v Portsmouth
Arsenal v Leeds Carnegie
Liverpool or Chelsea v Millwall Lionesses
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