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Scottish Cup semi final draw  
 Women's Football News 1 Oct 2014
The draw for the semi finals of the Scottish Cup has been made. 
Both matches will be played at the Ravenscraig Centre on Sunday 19th October and, first up at 12pm, holders Glasgow City will take on Hibernian in a repeat of last year's Final.
Following that, Spartans play Aberdeen in the other semi final, kicking off at 3.15pm. 
Scottish Cup semi final draw: 
Hibernian v Glasgow City
Spartans v Aberdeen


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Wales Under-17 squad  
 Women's Football News 1 Oct 2014
Jayne Ludlow has announced the Wales Under-17 squad for their forthcoming UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship qualifying group matches in Latvia. 
Wales open up their group by taking on Belarus on Monday 6th October. Their next opponents are hosts Latvia two days later and they finish up against Belgium on 11th October. 
Wales Under-17 squad: 
 Grace THOMAS-PARR   Bristol Academy  
 Bethan JEWITT   Bristol Academy  
 Amber ROBERTS   Bristol Academy  
 Jessica WILLIAMS   Llanyrafon  
 Carys WILKINSON   Rhos  
 Charlie ESTCOURT   Chelsea  
 Lily STEVENS   Reading FC Women  
 Chloe HUGHES   CPD Bethel  
 Lois REGAN   Caernarfon Town  
 Lauryn LYONS   Tranmere Rovers  
 Shaunna JENKINS   Aberaeron  
 Ina MARTIN   Dafen Welfare  
 Evie GANE   Reading FC Women  
 Chloe CHIVERS   Coed Duon  
 Ellie LAKE   Troedyrhiw B&GC  
 Jenni BUCKLEY   Plymouth Argyle  
 Niamh TINMAN   Troedyrhiw B&GC  
 Rebecca ELLIOTT   TBC  


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Emma defiant after defeat  
 Women's Football News 1 Oct 2014
Gillingham midfielder Emma Tune was proud of her team-mates after a tough trip to Plymouth Argyle saw the team return to Kent empty handed. 
After play was suspended for an hour following a horrific injury to Jade Keogh (pictured), Tune admitted it was difficult for the team to re-focus.
"It's never nice to witness any kind of injury during a match," Tune said, "especially when it's your team mate and the nature of the injury. There's no polite way of putting it, it was horrific and we were all deeply upset to see Jade in such pain."
Saying that, Tune was quick to praise and highlight her team mate's bravery and sense of humour despite the injury. "Jade was a soldier. After the initial shock of it all, she was laughing and cracking jokes with us - she wasn't pleased with the first ambulance that turned up - she wanted something a bit better!
"But seriously, how she managed to stay so composed is amazing. The whole team rallied around her, including our coaching staff and physio Chloe. Everyone reacted really quickly as given the nature of the injury, we could all see it was very serious."
Despite the shock and unnerving of the team, Tune felt she and her team mates produced a good second half considering the turn the game took. "We were very slow out of the blocks and building up to Jade's injury we were just beginning to gain the upper hand and play in the way we're more accustomed and would like to play," she insisted.
"The girls were incredibly upset and shaken to see what happened to Jade but Simon and the staff pulled us together. Something like that puts things into perspective so we wanted to go out and try to enjoy the rest of the game and put a performance Jade would be proud of.
"We had a lot of young players who had to make a step up and not only play at this senior level but in really difficult circumstances. I think we played the better football but we need to be better at putting the ball in the back of the net when we're playing well.
Everyone knows we're going through a period of transition but we're getting there. Despite the result today, the way things have been conducted off the pitch, the treatment and travel is really pushing us forwards. We'll get there in the end and are becoming stronger as a group."
Gillingham now look ahead to playing Brighton & Hove Albion on Thursday evening, a tough game but one Tune looks forward to.
"We've already played Brighton this season. They're a very good team and one of the favourites for the title. We know we'll have to work hard and produce another hard working display like today if we're going to do well. We look forward to playing at Priestfield again and we hope we'll continue our good form at home."
The final note was for Jade Keogh however: "All of us are thinking and sending our best wishes to Jade. Given how strong she's been today no doubt she'll be back playing in a Gills shirt in no time and the sooner the better for us."


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Stoke halt Huddersfield run  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
Huddersfield Town's winning start to the season was brought to a halt as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Stoke City on Sunday. 
Natasha Lilly and Jamillah Palmer ensured that Stoke led by two goals inside the opening quarter hour and despite Alarna Fuller pulling a goal back for Town, Laura Garside struck twice to seal a magnificent result for Stoke.
Although going down to their first defeat, Huddersfield do remain on top of the table on goal difference from Blackburn Rovers, who extended their run of victories to five games with a 2-0 success away to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Katie Anderton opened the scoring for Rovers midway through the first half and Amie Fleming sealed the win for Gemma Donnelly's side on the hour mark.
Sheffield FC are up into third after running out 4-1 winners over Derby County. All of Sheffield's goals came in the first half, Sophie Barker giving them the lead and Suzanne Davies adding the second, before Abbie McIver added a brace.
Coventry City saw their four-match winning run come to a pause as they shared a 2-2 result with draw experts Preston North End. In their first match of the season at the Ricoh Arena, Helen Dermody put the Sky Blues in front with Laura Walker equalising for Preston from the penalty spot before the interval. Beth Stanifield then gave Preston the lead for the first time with Coventry hitting back on this occasion, Katie Lowder following up to score after Dermody's initial shot had come back off the bar.
Bradford City also recorded another draw, this time 1-1 with Sporting Club Albion. Charlotte Stuart gave City the lead midway through the first half, before Stephanie Smith replied ten minutes into the second half to seal a result which leaves the two sides occupying the mid-table positions.
Nottingham Forest picked up their first point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Utd, who are one place above them. After the Magpies had led through Niamh McLaughlin, Forest earned themselves a share of the spoils via a late equaliser from Chloe Hutsby.


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Charley is Pompey's darling  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
Portsmouth have taken over at the top of the table for the first time this season following a 3-0 victory away to West Ham Utd. 
Charley Wilson was the hero for Pompey as she scored a hat-trick to hand Perry Northeast's side their fifth win on the trot.
Brighton & Hove Albion meanwhile inched themselves back up into second place, thanks to a 3-1 success at Queen's Park Rangers. The Seagulls led at half time through a goal from Fliss Gibbons and Lucy Somes added a second early in the second half. Jay Blackie netted her first of the season to complete the scoring for Brighton, with Sophie Fogarty scoring a consolation for Rangers six minutes from time.
Tottenham Hotspur had started the day as leaders but are back in third place after being jolted with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Cardiff City Ladies. Cori Williams opened the scoring for the South Wales side on the stroke of half time and after the break, Michelle Green netted twice, either side of a Lauren Townsend goal, to move Cardiff up to fourth.
Charlton Athletic completed a double over Keynsham Town but the visitors did salvage some pride after conceding double figures to the Addicks on the opening day of the season. Charlton netted twice in quick succession through Gemma Shepherd and Katie Flack during the first half and they went on to add further goals from leading scorer Kit Graham and Emma Harrison.
Lewes are in a mid-table position following their 3-0 victory over Copsewood (Coventry). The Rookettes led at half time with a goal from Charlotte Bennett, before Sian Heather and Catherine O'Hagan rounded off the win after the break.
Plymouth Argyle meanwhile recorded their second win of the season as they defeated Gillingham by the odd goal in five. Mollie Taylor gave Argyle the lead just before half time and Ezme Wells added a second ten minutes into the second half. An own goal from Nicola Lake reduced the arrears soon afterwards but Wells then scored her second to restore the two-goal advantage. Ashlee Hincks gave the Gills late hope with a 25-yard strike but defeat for her side was put into perspective as they lost Jade Keogh with a dislocated ankle midway through the first half. 
Photo - Plymouth Argyle striker Mollie Taylor and Rachel Ahern of Gillingham in action (David Potham).


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C & K keep up last perfect record  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
South East Division One
C & K Basildon are the only team left in the Premier League with a 100% record following their 3-1 success away to Luton Town. Karissa Rodney, Zoe Rushen and Sara Sinclair netted their goals with Rebecca Wilson-Kane replying for Luton.
Crystal Palace made sure of preserving the three point gap behind C & K, thanks to a 2-1 victory over Bedford Ladies, courtesy of strikes from Nicha Dyett and Roschelle Shakes.
Milton Keynes Dons are the division's other unbeaten team, keeping their record with a 2-2 draw against improving Ipswich Town. Amanda Crump and Jemma Yarnton were on target for Ipswich, with the Dons responding through Hannah Barrett and Leah Cudone.
The points were also shared at Denham Utd where the home team drew 1-1 with Cambridge Women with goals from Alissia Down and Liv Abbott respectively.
Norwich City became the latest team to notch a large score at the expense of struggling Ebbsfleet Utd. Ellen Fewkes-Woodrow and Jessica Wenn led the spree with four goals apiece, Emily Hodson contributed a hat-trick and the tally was completed by Chelsea Garrett (2), Jordan Arnoup and an own goal. 
Northern Division One
Chorley continue to lead the way following a 1-0 victory in the top of the table clash against Mossley Hill. In a thrilling match, Scarlett Smith settled matters with the only goal of the game in injury time which gives Chorley their fifth win in six matches.
Mossley Hill's defeat means that Liverpool Marshalls Feds are now in second place after winning 2-1 away to Leeds Ladies. Emily Douglas and Carina Mendes scored the goals to give the Feds their fifth win in a row, with Carey Huegett replying for the home side.
Guiseley AFC Vixens maintained their good start to the season by beating Morecambe 5-3. Caroline Hulme and Tanya Rich each netted twice for the Vixens, whose other strike came from Charlotte Blythe.
Chester-le-Street moved into the top half of the table on the back of a 2-1 win against Tranmere Rovers. Rachel Kay and Laura Darmody scored the goals for the Cestrians, with Tranmere's consolation coming from Kate Horne.
Middlesbrough notched up their first win of the campaign, 3-1 over Stockport County. Claire Helm gave 'Boro a first half lead and they added further goals through Leanne Anderson and Taylor Hebb, with Charlotte Higginson replying for Stockport.
It was a good day for Norton & Stockton Ancients as they recorded their first Premier League victory in style, scoring seven without reply past Sheffield Utd Community. Nyci Thorns led the scoring with a four-goal haul, Lucy Charlton weighed in with a brace and Bianca Owens was also on target. 
Midlands Division One
Rotherham Utd continue to set the pace at the top and they stay one point ahead after winning 6-3 away to Steel City Wanderers. Grace Birchall was on target twice for Rotherham along with Jess Birtles, Amy Pollock, Hayley Sloan and Nat Shaw while the Steels scored through Hollie Barker, Cheryl Mawhood and Paris Wagstaff.
Loughborough Foxes remain hard on Rotherham's heels in second place after beating Radcliffe Olympic 2-1, courtesy of first half goals from Adele Sale and Lindsey Tugby.
Third placed Leicester City Women were held to a 1-1 draw by Mansfield Town. Indeed it was Mansfield who looked on course for all three points as they led through a goal from Jemma Douglas but City salvaged a point deep into injury time thanks to Rebecca Kemp.
Leafield Athletic lifted themselves back into the top four by beating Loughborough Students 4-1. Leigh Dugmore, Charlotte Hughes, Jess Lippiatt and Amy Kendall were all on the scoresheet for Leafield with the students' consolation coming from Grace Blackburn.
FC Reedswood and Solihull Ladies occupy the next two places after their meeting finished level at 1-1. Stacey Arrowsmith gave Reedswood a first half lead with Solihull equalising through Hayley Wilford shortly after the break.
Kayleigh Hillier and Amanda Whalley were on the scoresheet as Leicester City Ladies won 2-0 away to Curzon Ashton to move themselves up into mid-table. 
South West Division One
League leaders Forest Green Rovers saw their winning start to the season checked by a 1-1 draw against Shanklin. Charlotte King gave Rovers the lead early in the second half from a free kick, with Shanklin hitting back moments later via a Susan Cullen penalty to preserve their own unbeaten record.
Swindon Town narrowed the gap on Forest Green to two points with a 4-1 success away to Cheltenham Town. Meg Valla and Lisa Coe put Swindon two ahead inside the opening seventeen minutes with Beth Thompson adding a third and after Katie Walker had reduced the arrears for Cheltenham, Ellie Maynard rounded off the scoring for Swindon from the penalty spot.
Exeter City continue to head the chasing teams after a brace of goals from Tash Knapman earned them a 2-0 victory against Chichester City.
Southampton Saints moved up to fourth following a 3-0 local derby win over Gosport Borough. The first half ended goalless but just after the hour mark, Krystal Whyte opened the scoring for the Saints. Whyte added a second soon afterwards and Emma Whitlock wrapped up the win with the third goal, ten minutes from time.
Two of the teams searching for their first points met each other at Larkhall Athletic on Sunday and it was the home side who got themselves off the mark via a 4-2 victory against St Nicholas. St Nicholas twice took the lead through Amy Jefferies and Lauren Ellis but after Kate German had initially equalised, the Larks went on to pick up the win through strikes from Sarah Saunders, Michelle Munro and Lizzie Barratt.


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Kids go free for crucial clash  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
Chelsea face Everton on Sunday in a game which will go a long way to deciding if the Blues are crowned FA Women's Super League champions for the first time in their history. 
Emma Hayes' side currently sit top of the table with two games to play, but with rivals Liverpool and Birmingham both facing difficult away tests, three points at home to Everton could prove enough for Chelsea to be crowned champions.
To celebrate what could prove a momentous afternoon at Wheatsheaf Park, there will be no charge for kids (under-13s must be accompanied by an adult) with adult tickets priced at just £5.
To celebrate the fixture there will be a number of money-can't-buy prizes up for grabs on the day, exclusive giveaways and face painters in attendance, while we will also give some lucky fans the chance to win free tickets for the game via our official Twitter account.
Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty, who joined from Arsenal in the close season, has urged as many fans as possible to come along and cheer us to victory.
"The more fans we get through the door the better," said Flaherty. "We are taking things one game at a time, but if the others slip up and we win then it will be a historic day for the club.
"We are trying to bring some success to the club and if we can win the biggest prize on offer then it will be an unforgettable afternoon, so get yourself along to Staines and cheer us to victory!"
Chelsea are currently one point clear of defending champions Liverpool and a further point clear of Birmingham as the title race reaches a dramatic climax. Their final game of the season sees them travel to Manchester City on 12th October.
Keep your eyes on @ChelseaLFC for all the latest news in the build up to the game and for news on how you could win tickets to the game and one of their exclusive prizes.


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England to hold Under-23 training camp  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
Twenty four players will get the opportunity to impress the England senior team management when they meet in October for an Under-23 training camp. 
Assistant manager Marieanne Spacey will take charge of the four-day camp, joined by head coach Mark Sampson and goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall.
Ten players travelled to Canada in the summer for the Under-20 World Cup, while Sunderland goalkeeper Rachael Laws was on the bench for the seniors' 10-0 World Cup qualifying win over Montenegro earlier this month.
Spacey said: "This is a training camp with an emphasis on observing players that have been in the system with younger squads recently and some that may not have been in for a while.
"We've selected a few older players so it's more of a development squad than an Under-23 squad, but I'm looking forward to working with them."
Players from Arsenal and Manchester City have not been included due to their participation in the Continental Cup Final on 16th October, while players from Bristol Academy and Liverpool will be on Champions League duty. 
England Under-23 training camp squad: 
Marie Hourihan (Chelsea), Rachael Laws (Sunderland), Megan Walsh (Everton), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Kerys Harrop (Birmingham City), Becky Jane (Reading), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City), Meaghan Sargeant (Birmingham City), Danielle Turner (Everton), Paige Williams (Everton), Millie Bright (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Lauren Bruton (Reading), Laura Coombes (Chelsea), Emma Follis (Aston Villa), Kasia Lipka (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Sherry McCue (Aston Villa), Jess Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Drew Spence (Chelsea), Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Birmingham City), Kirsty Linnett (Birmingham City), Beth Mead (Sunderland), Nikita Parris (Everton), Aileen Whelan (Notts County), Katie Wilkinson (Aston Villa).


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Girls get inspired at Festival  
 Women's Football News 30 Sep 2014
The FA Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres visited St. Ives Outdoor Centre, on Saturday 27th September. 
The event was attended by 336 girls, who got into the festival spirit as they took part in the free programme aimed at increasing and retaining participation in the game. The event was organised with the support of both Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire CFAs and St. Ives Outdoor Centre.
The participants, aged 5-16 years old, were accompanied by Watford Ladies players, Amy Makewell and Renee Hector (pictured), who took part in all of the activities on offer, including a question and answer session, giving the girls an insight into what it's like to be an FA WSL footballer.
The format of the day was fun and active, combining football, lifestyle and music. FA approved coaches led the festival, and activities ranged from skills and drills to interactive games (target shoot, speed cage, batak boards), as well as mini matches inside an inflatable pitch. Referee ambassadors Lucy May and Mary Harmer delivered refereeing workshops, whilst girls also had the chance to pose with the FA WSL trophy, the Cyprus Cup and The FA WSL Continental Cup. In addition, the FA WSL mascot Berry the Bear was in attendance alongside Cyril the Squirrel. To add to the festival atmosphere, everyone had the opportunity to have their hair styled like their favourite WSL players, as well as get their face painted.
Renee Hector spoke about the impact that events like The FA Girls' Football Festival at St. Ives has on the girls: "Amy and I have had a great time in Cambridge today, and it's fantastic to see all the girls enjoying themselves. Events like this are hugely important to the progression of women's football in this country, as the FA Girls' Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres gives girls the chance to experience all aspects of football in a relaxed and entertaining environment."
Anyone interested in getting involved in football can contact Cambridgeshire County FA or Huntingdonshire FA by visiting their websites at www.cambridgeshirefa.com or www.huntsfa.com.


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F.A.Women's Cup draw  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
The draw for the F.A.Women's Cup Second Round Qualifying has been announced by the Football Association. 
Ties to be played on Sunday 12th October (2pm kick off), winners to receive £200.
Boldon v Peterlee RA
Birtley Town v Tynedale
York City v Whitley Bay
Blackpool Wren Rovers v Merseyrail Bootle
Accrington Girls & Ladies v Wetherby Athletic
Hull City v Brighouse Town
Farsley AFC v Sheffield Wednesday
Woolton v Penrith AFC
Burnley Girls & Ladies v Mersey Girls
Crewe Alexandra v Nettleham
TNS Ladies v Walsall
Ellistown v Wyrley Ladies
Raunds Town v Crusaders
Allscott v Burton Albion
Bilbrook v Kenilworth Town
Long Eaton Utd v Ruddington Village
Wymondham Town v Great Shelford
Colchester Town v Brentwood Town
Burton Park Wanderers v Offley & Stopsley
Leighton Utd Vixens v Colney Heath
Lowestoft Town v Wealdstone
Barking v Royston Town
Bar Hill v Peterborough Northern Star
Long Lane v Brentford
London Corinthians v Fulham FC Foundation
Carshalton Athletic v Maidstone Utd
Eastbourne Town v Parkwood Rangers
Crawley Wasps v Herne Bay
AFC Wimbledon Development v Dartford Royals
Maidenhead Utd v Old Actonians
Poole Town v Oxford City
Christchurch v Parley Sports
Bridgwater Town v Newbury Ladies
Torquay Utd v Kidlington
Truro City v Swindon Spitfires


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Kurti leaves Lionesses  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Manager Alberto Kurti has left his post with Millwall Lionesses, due to family and work commitments. 
Alberto first joined the club as goalkeeping coach, working alongside former managers Aidan Boxall, Matt Beard and Keith Boanas, before taking on the role of first team manager in 2011. Having overseen the Lionesses transition to the FA Women's Super League this season, he helped the team to a five-game unbeaten start to the 2014 campaign.
Kurti explained his decision to leave, stating: "After a lengthy conversation with the Board, we feel that I have taken the club as far as I can and I am leaving the club in a healthier position, both on and off the pitch.
"I would like to thank the team for all their hard work and professionalism over the years and wish Millwall Lionesses all the best for the future."
Everyone at Millwall Lionesses would like to thank Alberto for his many years service to the club and we wish him every success in his future career.


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Snow blizzard buries Dons  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
A five-goal blitz from Verity Snow helped Fulham Foundation overcome a 1-4 half time deficit at AFC Wimbledon. 
In an action packed game, Wimbledon's first at Kingsmeadow for around seven years, Rebecca Sargent scored from close range after three minutes, before Caz Bisson latched onto a through ball to make it two just four minutes later. Snow then puled a goal back before the quarter hour mark to set the tone for an amazing game. Caz Bisson completed her hat-trick, first from a lobbed free kick and then breaking clear on goal and blasting into the roof of the net.
Fulham made some changes at half time and they started to pass the ball better and create chances. Lizzie Laws blasted a free kick just wide, and Kirsty Percival headed past the post, before Bisson nearly added her fourth but shot too close to Fulham keeper Lauren Allen.
With just twenty minutes remaining, Snow scored four in a thirteen minute spell: after a strong run and cross by Gemma Frasier down the right bundling the ball home; picking up a good pass and finishing coolly; an immaculate lob from outside the area to bring the match all square; and finally a close range header to edge Fulham in front.
Gemma Frasier then rounded keeper Tylee to finish, before sub Helen Ogle added a lob of her own from the left to give Fulham six goals in just 18 minutes.
AFC Wimbledon: Lianne Tylee, Fleur Robinson, Cindy Colliver, Alysha Clements, Linsey Clarke, Sam Williams, Rebecca Sargent, Libby Suchley, Bianca Walker, Caz Bisson, Emma Keady. Subs: Toni Jones-Leach, Clare Hedley-Smith.

Fulham FC Foundation: Laura Allen, Charlotte Benson, Sarah Wentworth, Lizzie Laws, Helen Bridgeman, Chloe Greer, Verity Snow, Hannah Pearson, Gemma Fraser, Emma Lawrence, Sandy Abi-Elias. Subs: Megan Lovelock, Jenna Rowsell, Kirsty Percival, Helen Ogle, Jade Pilley.

(Report and photos by James Prickett)

(top) Verity Snow scores the first of her five goals
(bottom) Sandy Abi-Elias gets in a cross with Rebecca Sargent closing in


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Wealdstone edge Cup thriller  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Wealdstone 3 AFC Dunstable 2
Wealdstone take their place in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Women's Cup after a comeback 3-2 victory over AFC Dunstable at Grosvenor Field. 
In an incident packed encounter, the Greater London League Division One team rode their luck at times, especially with Dunstable hitting the woodwork in the second half and piling on late pressure, but the young Stones team played with great heart and application against their Eastern Region League Premier Division opponents and created a number of great chances of their own in addition to the match winning goals.
It was the higher ranked visitors who drew first blood as early as the fourth minute through Kerry Stratton but Wealdstone were soon level from a powerful 12 yard Rosie Watts strike off the underside of the bar from the left side of the box. Danielle Forde had a fine effort on the turn for the hosts which hit the bar but play settled to an even pattern through the middle of the half.
An opportunist effort from distance restored Dunstable's lead on 33 minutes with Stratton notching her second via a fine looping effort from 25 yards. Watts was proving a lively outlet from the left and a dangerous cross was expertly dealt with by Dunstable's Lauren Chimes with an interception and clearance.
Rebecca Mills had an effort saved by Emma Fisher as Wealdstone finished the half with a flourish but Dunstable held the advantage at the break.
Lauren Cunningham made the first of several good second half runs to earn a corner and keep Wealdstone pressing forward in the early minutes the second half. Dan Carty was very influential for the visitors and their first attempt of the half which drifted wide from 20 yards.
Wealdstone equalised after a spell of pressure on 58 minutes, Watts again finishing from the left of the area after missing a good chance a minute earlier. Storm Burrows had an effort well held by Fisher after an excellent Cunningham cross as Wealdstone sought the lead for the first time.
The introduction of striker Tamara Bayne gave Dunstable a real boost and they went extremely close to regaining the lead on several occasions. A Carty corner was met by the attackers and the ball appeared to strike the post twice in as many seconds in a scramble. A few minutes later, Carty delivered a free kick which was headed back across goal by Carly Cowell.
Wealdstone keeper Amanda Russell made a crucial save in a one on one, bravely blocking and holding on to a shot on the edge of her area. Lauren Simmons had a fine match for the hosts covering at the back and making crucial interceptions at the height of Dunstable pressure.
Forde had a huge chance to give Stones the lead but having done well to power through the defence she blasted wide from close range on 72 minutes. Stratton went on a fine run and set up Bayne for a shot well held by Russell as play flowed from end to end.
The winning goal came from the spot in unusual circumstances on 85 minutes. Keeper Fisher caught a bouncing ball under pressure from Watts and was adjudged to have fouled the attacker after the collision. The Wealdstone third led to a frantic finale with seven minutes of additional time giving Dunstable the chance to fashion several great chances to take the tie into extra time.
Home keeper Russell was sent off after being penalised for handling outside the area in saving another one-on-one situation and Carty had two free kicks in promising positions. Two more shots from distance flew narrowly wide as Dunstable pressed high and Wealdstone could not relieve the pressure. In a dramatic finale Bayne had a final effort from the edge of the area which crashed against the bar just before the final whistle allowed Wealdstone to celebrate progress after a nail biting end to a fine match.
Both clubs are on the up after winning their respective Leagues in style last season, Wealdstone moving from the Thames Valley County Women's League to the Greater London League's top division. Dunstable are having a taste of the top Regional tier after successive promotions and both clubs have the use of excellent facilities to match their progress. It is Wealdstone who will have an interest in Monday's draw but it was a close run and exciting affair.
Wealdstone: Amanda Russell, Rebecca Salmons, Katie Harling, Lauren Simmons, Holly Robinson, Rebecca Mills, Storm Burrows, Lauren Cunningham, Rosie Watts, Danielle Forde, Sophie Murphy. Subs: Ocean Gregory, Giovanna Monachello, Nicola Fraser.

AFC Dunstable: Emma Fisher, Steph Fisher, Lauren Chimes, Elly Wade, Julia Robathan, Dan Carty, Carly Cowell, Holly Skinner, Kerry Stratton, Kayleigh Nias, Chelsea Forde. Subs: Tamara Bayne, Katie Ross.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)


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Relief for County but agony for Everton  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Notts County 2 (Whelan 42,83) Everton 0
An Aileen Whelan double was enough to give Notts County the three points, the result relegating opponents Everton. 
Notts had the first chance of the first half, Fiona O'Sullivan beating Fern Whelan to Katie Hoyle's corner, but the striker could only head wide. Nikita Parris was looking lively for the visitors as the game approached ten minutes. First Rachel Corsie blocked the striker's shot before Danielle Brogan did well to block a second drive.
Everton, who needed to win to avoid relegation at the final whistle, went close to opening the scoring on 11 minutes. Millie Turner found space 25 yards from goal and drove a low shot towards goal, the shot beating Carly Telford in the Notts goal, but it struck the post and flew clear. The Lady Pies reacted well, Jess Clarke finding space down the right and crossing low towards Aileen Whelan, the Everton defence just clearing in time.
Michelle Hinnigan struck a free kick from 30 yards on 20 minutes, after the referee had pulled play back. The midfielder's free kick hit the wall and deflected into Telford's hands.
O'Sullivan and Clarke linked up well just before the half hour, the England striker running onto O'Sullivan's flick on before driving her shot straight at Rachel Brown-Finnis.
With three minutes to go until half time the home side took the lead. Gabby George mishit her back pass for the visitors, the ball drifting out for a corner. Aileen Whelan rose highest at the back post to head Katie Hoyle's corner into the gaping net and give County the lead.
Everton started the better of the two sides in the second half, Notts left back Amy Turner doing well to dive in and block Nikita Parris' shot.
As the game passed the hour mark Notts had two chances to double their lead. First Clarke stole in quickly to steal the ball, driving into the area before firing over Brown-Finnis' bar. A minute later County broke with O'Sullivan, Friend and Clarke attacking the exposed Everton back two. Fiona O'Sullivan brought the ball forward and as space opened up, the Ireland international opted to shoot, but could only find Brown-Finnis' arms.
Hoyle was the latest Notts player to try her luck with twenty minutes to go. Clarke's cross was only cleared as far as the midfielder on the edge of the box, Hoyle striking low but her shot was deflected for a corner. From the New Zealand international's corner, County almost repeated the first goal, however this time Aileen Whelan could only direct her header over the bar.
With just over ten minutes to go Parris hit a vicious shot from far out, Telford getting down well and claiming at the second attempt. Jess Clarke broke clear down the right on 81 minutes, crossing low to Caitlin Friend but the substitute fired over.
A minute later and Aileen Whelan netted hers, and Notts', second. Great passing football from Notts found Clarke in space, the striker driving towards the last defender before sliding the ball to Whelan, the striker driving the ball past Brown-Finnis and into the net. 
Notts County: Carly Telford, Sophie Walton, Amy Turner, Katie Hoyle, Rachel Corsie, Danielle Brogan, Jess Clarke, Aileen Whelan, Fiona O'Sullivan, Dunia Susi (sub Caitlin Friend 60mins), Desiree Scott.

Everton: Rachel Brown-Finnis, Gabrielle George (sub Simone Magill 76mins), Alex Greenwood, Brooke Chaplen, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Danielle Turner, Michelle Hinnigan, Nikita Parris, Lucy Whipp, Kelly Jones.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


Women's Soccer Scene
Academy banish remaining fears  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Bristol Academy 1 (Yorston 44) Manchester City 0
Bristol Academy clinched their FA WSL 1 status for another season as they picked up a narrow victory over Manchester City at Stoke Gifford. 
A thumping header from Corinne Yorston proved to be enough to see the home side end a worrying run of five defeats in six games but they were also grateful to goalkeeper Mary Earps who made a number of good saves in a largely disappointing match.
Natalia Pablos Sanchon went close early on for Academy with a 25-yard strike which dipped narrowly over the bar but chances were scarce for either side during the opening stages. Jill Scott broke into the area for City and dragged her shot just wide of the far post but most of the play was contained in the midfield area.
City did begin to look more threatening with Keira Walsh impressing in midfield with her passing and control, and a good move almost led to them going in front as Natasha Flint and Krystle Johnston combined to put in Issy Christiansen whose shot was saved. Earps then produced a fine diving save to keep out a shot from Scott which looked destined for the corner of the net.
Academy had an opportunity when a headed clearance from Abbie McManus went straight to Sophie Ingle who tried to return the ball goalwards but her effort was narrowly off target.
At the other end, Scott forced a save from Earps with a header from Johnston's cross and then Toni Duggan, who had a subdued game by her standards, forced another stop after latching onto Scott's through ball.
The majority of the first half chances had gone City's way but it was Academy who broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time. Natalia broke down the right and sent in a pinpoint cross to the far post where Yorston rose above Nicki Harding and beat Karen Bardsley with a firm header.
The second half started slowly as both sides struggled to find a way through and there was little action at either end until the hour mark, when Nikki Watts curled a shot inches wide from the edge of the area.
City hit back with Scott's flick releasing Duggan in the area but Earps was smartly off her line to foil the England striker with a save.
Such was the dominance of the two defences, both sides were looking most dangerous at set pieces and after Bardsley had saved a Jaz Matthews header, another corner almost led to a second Academy goal when it was half cleared to the edge of the area and Laura Del Rio unleashed a shot which brought out an excellent save from Bardsley.
Once again a corner almost let in Del Rio as Jemma Rose's near post flick found her in front of goal but she was denied by a brilliant saving challenge from Harding as she looked poised to score.
Steph Houghton headed just wide from a Christiansen corner at the other end whilst Danielle Young and Betsy Hassett also went close with headers but City could not find a way through and Academy closed the game out for an important win. 
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Loren Dykes, Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Sophie Ingle, Natalia Pablos Sanchon (sub Gabrielle Bird 90mins), Angharad James, Frankie Brown (sub Laura Del Rio 69mins), Nikki Watts, Corinne Yorston. Sub not used: Alex Windell.

Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Nicki Harding, Georgia Brougham, Keira Walsh, Abbie McManus, Steph Houghton, Krystle Johnston (sub Betsy Hassett 63mins), Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Natasha Flint (sub Danielle Young 69mins), Issy Christiansen. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Emma Kete, Chelsea Nightingale.


(top) Grace McCatty is up against Abbie McManus and Keira Walsh
(middle) Nikki Watts takes on Steph Houghton
(bottom) Corinne Yorston heads in the winning goal for Bristol Academy


Women's Soccer Scene
Hamilton catch City backlash  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Scottish Cup holders Glasgow City progressed into the semi finals after a resounding 11-0 win over Hamilton Academical in their quarter final at Airdrie Excelsior Stadium. 
It seems the shock loss to Spartans only seven days ago has reignited a spark in Eddie Wolecki Black's side and they demolished Hamilton with goals from Courtney Whyte (2), Eilish McSorley (2), Denise O'Sullivan (2), Susan Fairlie (2), Morgan Marlborough, Suzanne Lappin and Julie Nelson.
The tie of the round went the way of Aberdeen - but only just, with a 2-1 victory over Rangers after extra time. Rebecca Dempster gave the Dons the lead with Erin Cuthbert equalising for Rangers to take the game into the extra period. Rachael Small, who had earlier hit the post, settled matters in Aberdeen's favour but it took a late penalty save from Becky Flaherty to secure the win.
Spartans built on their superb win over Glasgow City seven days earlier by beating Inverness City 5-0 to book their place in the last four. Claire Crosbie, Sarah Ewens, Trish McLaughlin, Louise Mason and Lana Clelland all netted a goal apiece for Debbi McCulloch's side.
Hibernian complete the semi final line-up after ending the hopes of the last remaining Scottish Women's Football League club, Falkirk Ladies, with a 6-1 victory. Kirsty Smith was on target twice for Hibs along with Katey Turner, Chelsea Cornet, Lucy Graham and Lizzie Arnot.


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Holders into last eight  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Cardiff Met Ladies began their defence of the Welsh Premier Women's League Cup by scoring ten without reply against competition debutants Rhyl & Prestatyn. 
Ellie Sargent opened the scoring in the eighth minute and Emily Brown added a further two before half time, with a Chloe O'Connor goal sandwiched inbetween. After the break, Siobhan Humphrey further extended the students' lead and Abi Fever added a quickfire brace just after the hour, with Emily Allen and Kirsty Hardwick completing their tally.
Swansea City also advanced to the quarter finals on the back of a 2-0 victory against Llandudno. Chloe Lloyd put the Swans ahead two minutes before the interval, with Emma Beynon wrapping up the win midway through the second half.
Port Talbot Town meanwhile kept up their good start to the season by winning 3-2 away to Newcastle Emlyn, having staved off a comeback by the home side. Lucy Edwards got them off to a great start by netting twice inside the opening 26 minutes but Bianca Guy pulled one back very quickly and Sam Townsend levelled the scores for Newcastle Emlyn early in the second half. The game seemed to be heading towards extra time but Courtney Thomas settled matters in Port Talbot's favour in injury time.
PILCS booked their place in the last eight, thanks to a 2-1 victory against Wrexham. Caitlin Tew gave PILCS the lead with fourteen minutes on the clock and Katrina French added the second, nine minutes from time. Marie Edwards gave Wrexham hope when she reduced the arrears late on but PILCS closed the game out for a narrow win. 
Photo - Port Talbot Town's Jordan Ivy plays the ball past Debbie Wise of Newcastle Emlyn. (www.atfc.org.uk).


Women's Soccer Scene
Reading hit five  
 Women's Football News 29 Sep 2014
Reading FC Women 5 (Walkley 4, Connor-Iommi og 16, Bruton 21, Fletcher 24,89) Oxford Utd 0
Reading returned to winning ways with a convincing five-goal victory against local rivals Oxford United on Sunday afternoon. 
Jayne Ludlow made six changes from the side that lost heavily to Villa last weekend. Grace Moloney, Laura May Walkley, Eloise Wilson, Melissa Fletcher and Rebecca Jane all came back into the starting line up whilst Megan Ryan was handed her Reading debut.
Reading got off to a flying start when Laura May Walkley netted her first goal for the Royals as she fired in from inside the box after some defensive confusion from a Kirby cross.
Oxford responded with a couple of good chances from Lauren Allison. Both came from clever attacking play down the right wing and crosses in but both times Allison was unable to direct her shots goalwards and properly test Royals keeper Moloney.
They soon regretted their missed chances when Reading doubled their lead in the 16th minute after Connor-Iommi headed into her own net. Shelly Cox whipped in a dangerous curling free kick but Connor-Iommi's attempted clearance managed to loop over the head of the U's keeper to double Reading's lead.
Within five minutes Lauren Bruton extended their commanding lead to three goals. Fran Kirby played Bruton through on goal with a perfectly weighted ball which Bruton finished with superb skill past the despairing dive of Demi Lambourne.
Oxford's start almost went from bad to worse when Fran Kirby broke free of the Oxford defence to go one-on-one with the U's keeper. Lambourne came out of her box and clumsily challenged Kirby off the ball only to receive a yellow card. The decision was kind on Oxford particularly as they didn't have a substitute goalkeeper on the bench if Lambourne was to be sent off.
The action packed opening to the game continued when, in the 25th minute, Melissa Fletcher fired in a beautiful sidefooted effort from the edge of the area to increase Reading's lead to 4-0. Kirby showed her international class and completely outpaced her marker down the left wing before squaring to Fletcher who made the rest look easy.
Oxford's defence looked incredibly shaky throughout the first half and were lucky to go in only four behind. Ellie Wilson played a lovely through ball to Jane, wide on the right, with her cross intercepted by the Oxford defence only for the clearance to fall straight to Bruton, but she failed to find the target and grab her second of the game.
The second half didn't live up to the thrilling, action packed first-half, perhaps Reading relaxed a little knowing that a victory was ensured. Allison continued to look dangerous for Oxford, she looked a set above the rest of Oxford showing great pace and skill on the ball.
Within ten minutes of the restart, Kirby was replaced by Cheryl Williams with the victory in the bag. Kirby performed brilliantly throughout the match assisting in three goals.
Connor-Iommi was close to making up for her earlier own goal as her chipped free kick crashed onto the bar and the danger was eventually cleared by the resolute Reading defence.
Just before the final whistle Reading added their fifth goal of the match courtesy of Fletcher's second of the game. Lauren Bruton chipped the ball into Fletcher's path who beautifully flicked it past the keeper.
The comfortable win was vital for Reading after last week's poor showing against Villa. It was a very impressive team performance with clinical finishing along with a strong defensive back line and a clean sheet. 
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane (sub Bianca Bragg 63mins), Shelly Cox, Megan Ryan, Molly Bartrip, Eloise Wilson (sub Harriet Scott 73mins), Laura May Walkley, Bonnie Horwood, Melissa Fletcher, Lauren Bruton, Francesca Kirby (sub Cheryl Williams 53mins).

Oxford United: Demi Lambourne, Jemma Connor-Iommi, Laura Nichol, Kayleigh Hines (sub Gemma Simmonds 70mins), Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Amy Chivers, Katie Stanley, Lauren Allison, Laura Low (sub Holly Pickett 70mins), Helen King (sub Ella Franklin-Fraiture 65mins), Katherine Nutman.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


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Three in a row for Villa  
 Women's Football News 28 Sep 2014
Aston Villa 1 (Cusack 47) Durham Women 0
Aston Villa recorded their third consecutive victory after a hard fought battle with Durham Women at Coles Lane. 
Maddy Cusack's strike early in the second half proved to be the difference on a sunny afternoon in the Sutton.
Manager Ron Mellor and head coach Joe Hunt named an unchanged starting line-up from the side that comprehensively beat Reading a week ago. Villa started in similar fashion - enjoying plenty of possession and putting their opponents on the back foot.
After just five minutes, top scorer Katie Wilkinson danced around the Durham centre halves but her shot was well held by former Everton goalkeeper Danielle Hill. Defender Jade Richards excelled once more as a defensive and attacking outlet and almost earned an assist but Emma Follis could only drag her shot wide.
Only a last ditch block in the Durham box prevented Hayley Crackle from getting on the scoresheet following her sweet volley. Wilkinson had a glorious opportunity to give her side a half time lead just before the break but she uncharacteristically glanced her header wide.
Whatever the management team said at half time proved effective as Villa were not only out on the field before their opponents but also out of the traps once the second period was underway.
They took the lead in fine style on 47 minutes when Cusack picked up the ball, ran into the box and fired a crisp shot past Hill.
With their tails up and momentum clearly in claret and blue favour Villa almost doubled their lead moments later. An inch perfect free kick headed goalwards by Wilkinson was marginally wide of the target.
To their credit, the visitors quickly realised they had to take the game to their opponents. Villa were indebted to goalkeeper Caitlin Leach who made two stunning saves in quick succession - the first from Jemma Purfield and the second, another close range effort from Beth Hepple after a crisp attacking move down the left flank.
The home side brought on Sarah Mayling and her tireless running and endeavour put Villa back on the front foot.
The points were almost secured on two occasions via Wilkinson. The first attempt - a perfectly hit volley from the edge of the area - drifted inches over and another fine strike crashed off the bar to earn a rapturous applause from the supporters in the stands.
Sherry McCue led example and tracked back when needed. Her well timed tackle thwarted Zoe Ness with the Wildcats striker through on goal.
Villa were almost made to rue those missed opportunities as substitute Meg Lawson struck the bar with a stunning 30-yard effort which in truth would have been harsh on the hosts had it rippled the net.
Aston Villa: Caitlin Leach, Hayley Crackle, Chloe Jones, Sherry McCue, Maisie Baker, Jade Richards, Emma Follis, Katy Moran (sub Elisha N'Dow 25mins), Katie Wilkinson, Maddy Cusack (sub Lauren Walker 75mins), Olivia Fergusson (sub Sarah Mayling 56mins). Subs not used: Natalie Courtney, Dani Petrovic, Carly Davies.

Durham Women: Danielle Hill, Jen King, Jennifer Jennings, Victoria Linsley, Gemma Wilson, Beth Jennings, Beth Hepple, Emily Scott (sub Meg Lawson 85mins), Zoe Ness, Jessica White (sub Courtney Corrie 51mins), Jemma Purfield. Sub not used: Caroline Dixon.

(Report by www.fawsl.com)


Women's Soccer Scene
Tynecastle to host World Cup play-off   
 Women's Football News 28 Sep 2014
Scotland will host Holland at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, on Saturday 25th October, in the FIFA Women's World Cup play-off semi final, first leg. 
Anna Signeul's side were previously based at Tynecastle during the UEFA Euro 2013 qualifying campaign, and return to the home of Heart of Midlothian for the first time since September 2012.
The match will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA, and will kick off a weekend of football in the capital, with the Hibs v Hearts derby taking place across the city at Easter Road on Sunday 26th.
Scotland women's national coach, Anna Signeul, said: "We are delighted to be playing this crucial match at the home of Heart of Midlothian. We have many happy memories of playing at Tynecastle, and we are looking forward to our return to the capital.
"I know that Ann Budge is keen to foster girls' and women's football, and her support, and that of everyone at the club, is very much appreciated.
"We attracted a record crowd of over 4,000 fans to our last play-off match at Hampden Park in 2012. That backing was absolutely fantastic and we would love to see the Tartan Army out in force again, this time at Tynecastle. It will be a big weekend of football in Edinburgh, and I hope that supporters in the city will be looking forward to two exciting matches.
"I would like to thank Motherwell FC for being wonderful hosts throughout our qualifying group, and wish them the best of luck with their burgeoning girls' and women's programme."
Hearts owner Ann Budge said: "We are naturally delighted that Tynecastle has been chosen to host the first leg of the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final play-off between Scotland and Holland.
"It is another prestigious event for the stadium and underlines its stature as one of the top footballing venues in the country.
"This is an example of how we are helping get the club back on its feet and we will do everything we can to promote the match and ensure it is a success for us and the community.
"It is important we play our part in helping more young girls take up the game and it is my belief that a club like Heart of Midlothian FC should be doing all it can to encourage women's football."
Scotland have reached the World Cup play-off for the first time, following back-to-back UEFA Women's Euro play-off appearances. They finished second in Qualifying Group 4, with eight wins from ten, with the only points of the campaign dropped to world number five side, Sweden. Scotland striker Jane Ross finished as joint-top scorer across the European qualifying groups with 13 goals, including three hat-tricks.
The second leg will be played in the Netherlands on 29th or 30th October, with full details TBC. Scotland or Holland will face either Italy or Ukraine in the two-legged play-off final on 22/23 and 26/27 November.


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