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Cardiff City recorded the result of the day in the opening round of Premier League Cup ties as they defeated Watford 2-0.
The first half ended goalless but Natasha Harding put Cardiff in front just after the hour mark and Lisa Bird rounded off the win with the second, nineteen minutes from time.
The other match in Group Three ended with honours even as Coventry City drew 1-1 with Aston Villa. Katy Ward gave Coventry the lead midway through the first half, Erin Vaughan equalising for Villa after the break.
Holly Sandow hit a hat-trick to send Barnet to the top of Group One, Alex Keown adding the other to give the Bees a 4-0 win over Colchester Utd. West Ham Utd looked to be on their way to victory at Queen's Park Rangers when Becky Merritt put them in from twenty minutes from time but Rangers hit back to grab a point through a last minute equaliser from Elly Maggs.
Blackburn Rovers came through a potentially tricky game at Rochdale with a 4-0 victory. Levi Penny opened the scoring after 13 minutes and Rovers sealed the points via strikes from Danielle Sheen, Nikki Twohig and Charlotte Farrell. Curzon Ashton also recorded a win in the other match in Group Two, coming from behind to beat Preston North End 2-1. The home side took a first half lead through Laura Walker but Curzon hit back after the break, Jodie Redgrave levelling the scores and Nicky Maylett snatching a winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
In Group Four, Brighton & Hove Albion edged out Charlton Athletic 2-1. Sarah Kempson gave the Seagulls a half hour lead and, although Stef Simmons equalised for Charlton ten minutes into the second half, Kim Stenning went on to net the winning goal for Brighton. Millwall Lionesses looked to be on their way victory at Gillingham as Leah Jones and a Sian Cheedy own goal put them two ahead, but Ashlee Hincks and Natalie Crinean both struck to earn the Gills a share of the spoils.
Nottingham Forest were 4-1 winners over Derby County in their derby match to put themselves at the head of Group Five. Marie Wayne did give Derby a first half lead but Jemma Connor-Iommi levelled just ahead of half time and second half goals from Suzanne Davies, Lauren Cresswell and Ellie Gilliatt gave Forest the points. Leicester City also made a winning start, 3-1 away to Manchester City. All of the goals came in the last twenty minutes, Maz Gauntlett heading Leicester in front with City equalising through Becky Grocott. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk restored Leicester's lead a minute later and Natasha Meade clinched the game with a 25-yard strike.
Portsmouth twice came from behind before going on to beat Keynsham Town 4-2 in Group Six. Naomi Clipston and Brianna Oeser twice put Keynsham in front but first Lysette Russell and then Justine Lorton equalised. Keri Ryan then gave Pompey the lead for the first time and they sealed victory three minutes from time through Molly Clark. In the other group game, Yeovil Town's first match at this level ended in a 2-0 defeat at home to top flight Reading FC Women, Mikaela Howell netting both goals during the first half.
Leeds City Vixens gained quick revenge for their defeat by Newcastle Utd in the league seven days earlier, to win their Group Seven meeting 4-1. Tania Panesar and Rachel Unitt gave the Vixens a two-goal lead inside the opening half hour, with Rachel Coleman pulling one back shortly afterwards. Panesar completed her double midway through the second half and Stacey Daniel netted the fourth ten minutes from time. Sunderland and Leeds Utd finished level at 1-1, Chloe Foster's first half goal for Leeds being cancelled out by a second half equaliser from Abby Holmes.
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