Yeovil Town first team captain Rachael Edwards is to announce her retirement after Sunday's final FA Women's Super League 2 game of the 2014 season at Durham.
The 34-year-old, who has been a regular in the first team squad all season as a centre back, will play her final game in the green and white hoops up north, when her side play against Durham Women at New Ferens Park.
Edwards, who has been at the club for 8 years making close to 200 appearances, has been an integral part of the squad having also captained the side in the Womens Premier League over recent years before the club began life in the FA WSL.
Rachael, who has made this tough decision said: "I've been at the club for a very long time and I've loved every minute of my time here. The coaches, players and people who do everything behind the scenes are fantastic and I will miss each of them dearly.
"It's been a difficult decision to make, however it's just the right time for me and for my family, it's time to spend more time with them and for the next chapter in my life. To finish my playing career being part of this squad and playing in the WSL 2 has been incredible and I will always remember it.
"To say I have played in a team which is part of the top 18 women's football teams in the country is amazing and an opportunity for me to finish on a high. The journey the club have been on since I started with them has been unbelieveable and they are only going to get better and really achieve things in the future.
"I'm looking forward to being in the crowd and cheering them all on next season, I believe with the staff and players they have in place they can really go places. It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling about playing my final game next weekend, however I know I'll be around my friends, playing the game I love and I'll savour every minute.
"There are a lot of people I want to say a huge thanks to and over the next week I'll get the opportunity to do that, but just to say a huge thanks to everyone involved with the club and to the management team and my team mates, I'll miss you all very much and I can't wait to be your no.1 supporter next season."
Club Chairman David Mills commented on Edwards' announcement by saying: "Rachael has been an outstanding player, Captain, Welfare Officer and role model for the Club. A few years ago Rachael almost retired but had a last minute change of mind. This proved to be a great decision as ever since, she has just got better and better as a player and I think this season has been her best ever. Great players should sign off at the top of their game and Rachael Edwards is a YTLFC 'Hall of Fame' level player."
Manager Jamie Sherwood added: "To lose a player of Rachael's stature within the club, with be very difficult to replace. Her influence on and off the pitch has been crucial. Her leadership and enthusiasm for the game is second to none. The club has grown dramatically and Rachael has been integral to that growth and whoever wears her number five shirt in the future will have a lot to live up to."
Coventry City have gone to the top of the Northern Division table after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0.
The Sky Blues started strongly and were denied by a series of fine saves from Wolves goalkeeper Natalie Hall until Katie Lowder gave them the lead just after the half hour mark. Maz Gauntlett added the second early in the second half to see her side open up a lead of three points over their two nearest rivals, neither of whom were in action.
Huddersfield Town move back into fourth place as they shared a 3-3 draw with Newcastle Utd. The West Yorkshire side had raced into a 3-1 lead at half time thanks to Victoria Abbott, Katie Lockwood and Debbie Hastings but a Stacy Crooks double and Jess Foster ensured that the Magpies fought back in the second half to earn themselves a point.
Sporting Club Albion meanwhile cemented themselves in mid-table with a 2-1 victory over Stoke City, goals coming from Leanne Robinson and Stephanie Smith.
Cardiff City Ladies returned to the top of the Southern Division following a 6-2 victory over Gillingham.
Kelly Aldridge, Naomi Clipston and Cori Williams each scored twice as the South Wales side moved back above Portsmouth on goal difference, with the Gills replying through Natalie Crinean and Nikita Whinnett.
Charlton Athletic remain in close attendance and are now just one point off the pace in third, after they won 2-1 away to Lewes. The first half ended goalless before Charley Clifford gave Charlton the lead and although Ashleigh Goddard equalised with ten minutes remaining, Sam Pittuck scored an injury time winner for the Addicks.
South West Division One
Swindon Town lifted themselves to the top of the table by winning 3-1 away to previous leaders Forest Green Rovers. The home side took the lead on the stroke of half time through a 25-yard free kick from Charlotte King but after the break, Swindon levelled the scores with Megan Attenborough drilling home following a corner. Meg Valla then put them in front with a fine individual goal and shortly after rattling the bar with a 30-yard strike, Chyna Collings bundled in the third injury time - a goal which sees Swindon replace Forest Green as leaders by virtue of having scored one more goal.
Southampton Saints are just one point off the pace in third after they defeated Exeter City 4-2. Krystal Whyte bagged a brace for the Saints as they picked up their fourth win in five matches, with Leah Shave and Carla Mitchell adding the others. Tash Knapman and Vicky Barter replied for Exeter.
Northern Division One
Liverpool Marshalls Feds have edged another point ahead after their short trip to Tranmere Rovers ended in a 1-1 draw. Tranmere took a second minute lead via an own goal from Amy Seagraves but the Feds battled back to earn themselves a share of the spoils through Chantelle Thompson.
Mossley Hill caught up ground on the top two by beating Stockport County 5-1. Carla Lee was on target twice for the Merseysiders, once from the penalty spot, along with Shelley James, Stacey McMahon and Kaisha Sohl, Stockport's consolation coming from Hanifa Douglas.
Midlands Division One
Radcliffe Olympic moved themselves to within four points of the leadership with a 1-0 victory over Steel City Wanderers, Rania Ramadan scoring the only goal of the game.
Loughborough Students meanwhile leapfrogged FC Reedswood into a mid-table position by defeating them 3-2. Nicola Russell, Nikki Payne and Sophie Rock were all on target for the university side.
South East Division One
Crystal Palace brought an end to C & K Basildon's winning start of the season by beating them 3-2 in a thrilling game. Nicha Dyett, Mary Onianwa and Roschelle Shakes netted the goals for Palace with C & K replying through Kathleen Clifton and Hannah Porter (see match report).
The result means that third placed Palace are two points behind leaders C & K and inbetween them are Milton Keynes Dons who won 1-0 against Cambridge Women, courtesy of a solitary strike from Heather McDonnell.
Luton Town completed a good week for themselves as they picked up their second victory in four days, 2-1 away to Enfield Town. Remi Bains and Rebecca Wilson-Kane both scored to take Luton up into fifth place, just ahead of Enfield whose consolation came from Sheryce Slater.
Photo - Forest Green Rovers midfielder Amy Baker closes down Swindon Town full back Lisa Coe.
The draws for the Second Round of the Premier League Cup and Premier League Plate have been announced.
The standout tie in the League Cup sees holders Sheffield FC paired with Blackburn Rovers whilst Cardiff City Ladies make the trip to Ipswich Town. After having played in the North East away to Norton & Stockton Ancients in the previous round, Charlton Athletic now find themselves travelling in the opposite direction to play Plymouth Argyle.
PREMIER LEAGUE CUP SECOND ROUND (30th November):
Plymouth Argyle v Charlton Athletic
Newcastle Utd v Brighton & Hove Albion
Sheffield FC v Blackburn Rovers
Keynsham Town v Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town v Cardiff City Ladies
C & K Basildon v Sporting Club Albion
Portsmouth v Mossley Hill
Lewes v Coventry City
PREMIER LEAGUE PLATE SECOND ROUND
Milton Keynes Dons v Enfield Town
Huddersfield Town v Chester-le-Street
Sheffield Utd Community v Exeter City
Southampton Saints v Swindon Town
Chichester City or Leicester City Ladies v Radcliffe Olympic
Shanklin v Loughborough Students
Copsewood (Coventry) v Preston North End
West Ham Utd v Leafield Athletic
Due to FA Women's Cup fixtures and the other teams in their league all playing, Basingstoke Town are looking for a friendly on Sunday 2nd November.
Basingstoke can host the game and have a pitch booked for 2pm kick off, and looking for opponents of reasonable opposition.
For more information please contact Chris Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (07903) 606291.
Petts Wood 0 AFC Wimbledon Development 1
The leading two clubs in the Greater London Womens League Division One table clashed at Petts Wood's Sparrows Den home but it was AFC Wimbledon Development who maintained their 100% record with a late goal to extend their lead over the hosts.
In truth, the result was harsh on Petts Wood who had exerted continual pressure on the Dons goal through most of the match only to be defeated at the last by conceding a soft goal on a breakaway. Credit must go to a very solid Dons defence in a match of good quality in front of an enthusiastic crowd approaching three figures.
Terri Warren was a constant threat for Petts Wood in the first half, going close on three occasions with shots narrowly wide. The best move of the half saw Jade White release Frankie Mardon for a shot well saved by Ashleigh McGuigan. The Dons keeper was later injured and replaced by Jennie Ford who also played very well. Apart from a free kick pushed over by Natalie Graves and some fine runs from Megan Smith on the right wing, Wimbledon had created very few chances by half time.
Playing with the breeze in the second period Wood pressed on, inspired by Charlotte Lee in midfield and with Stacie Taylor strong in defence, the momentum was mainly towards the Wimbledon goal. However, the Dons defence was very well organised with sound tackling and covering.
Just when a draw seemed inevitable, Allana Ashmeil was sent clear on the right and her shot went through keeper Graves' hands for the winner on 88 minutes.
Petts Wood mounted a furious assault to try to save a point but the nearest they came was a 20-yard effort by Lee which clipped the outside of the post in the final seconds.
AFC Wimbledon Development have a big FA Women's Cup clash with FAWPL side Crystal Palace in two weeks time to savour, as well as a healthy position at the top of Division One table. Petts Wood gave a fine display and will surely maintain their position near the top if they continue to play in this manner.
Petts Wood: Natalie Graves, Sophie Pourou, Sarah Miller, Rachel Dulley, Ellie Paris, Jade White, Lauren Thatcher, Stacie Taylor, Charlotte Lee, Frankie Mardon, Terri Warren. Subs: Rebekah Collins, Ellie Bovill.
AFC Wimbledon Development: Ashleigh McGuigan, Sian Bruty, Amber Parker, Jodie Weller, Georgia Ridgeway, Megan Smith, Sophie Gorman, Kate Martin, Ellie Richards, Georgia Heasman, Allana Ashmeil. Subs: Aramide Okekunle, Emily Bernard, Sara Killick-Bird, Jennie Ford, Bernice Tully.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Sara Killick-Bird battles for the ball with Rachel Dulley
(middle) Ellie Paris challenges Jennie Ford
(bottom) Megan Smith clears away from Ellie Paris
Crystal Palace 3 C & K Basildon 2
Crystal Palace ended C & K Basildon's 100% record in the FAWPL South East Division One by claiming a 3-2 victory in a morning kick off at Bromley FC.
Palace were pegged back after taking an early lead but goals either side of the break gave them a margin which the visitors were unable to claw back, despite reducing the score with fifteen minutes left. A good quality, fiercely contested match opened up the league table and confirmed Palace's fine start since promotion from the London & South East Regional League and their move to the impressive facilities of the Fortress Stadium.
C & K showed plenty of early signs of why they are having another good season in League and Cup. Karissa Rodney outpaced two defenders before firing a shot across goal then Carly Eagles clipped the Palace post with a low effort. But the hosts were equally dangerous up front and took the lead on nine minutes with a well worked goal. Jade Davenport broke clear on the right and cut the ball back for Roschelle Shakes to sweep an instant low shot wide of Cherie Rowlands and into the bottom right corner of the net.
C & K drew level after a good Sam Saint save at her near post led to a corner. Defensive hesitancy allowed Hannah Porter time and space to finish from close range on 12 minutes and the visitors nearly added a second soon after but Sara Sinclair's effort was cleared off the line. Mary Onianwa set up a very good Palace chance after breaking free on the right but Shakes' header struck the upright.
Attacks continued to dominate as an entertaining half unfolded. Zoe Rushen struck the upright with a 20-yard C & K free kick whilst Rowlands made a fine save to her right as Shakes got clear on goal for Palace. Saint made another good save to deny Amy Nash but, just as it seemed the half would all square, Palace took the lead when a seemingly harmless long free kick led to a misunderstanding and a C & K player nodded the ball past her own keeper.
Palace grew in confidence and resolve after the break and gained a firmer grip on the talented and dangerous Basildon attack. Eagles forced a good save from Saint on 54 minutes but the better chances fell to Palace. Shakes brought out the best in Rowlands with a smart turn and snap shot from distance but there was nothing she could do when Onianwa released Shakes on 66 minutes for a fine finish.
With their unbeaten record in all matches under severe threat, C &K tried to rally but were often frustrated by a resolute Palace defence. The speedy home attackers always offered a willing outlet for any forward pass and Palace looked comfortable till Rodney produced a piece of left wing magic on 75 minutes. Beating two challenges, the winger produced a dangerous cross which was only half cleared for Kat Clifton to slide home.
It was Rodney again who provided the best chance for a late equaliser. Again a teasing cross evaded the Palace defence but Nash fired a first time effort over the bar on 86 minutes and the home team saw out time very effectively for a fine win in an encounter of high intensity and good team play on both sides.
C & K still lead the table but only by a single point from Milton Keynes Dons with Palace a further point behind after each club has played seven games and after the recalculation caused by the withdrawal of Ebbsfleet United.
Crystal Palace: Sam Saint, Charlotte Cavanagh, Grace Beegan, Katy Morris, Megan Carroll, Sarah Jones, Mary Onianwa, Stephanie Mann, Roschelle Shakes, Jade Davenport, Rinzola Babajide. Subs: Mercedes Bromfield, Becky Strutt, Alex Elson.
C & K Basildon: Cherie Rowlands, Merrick Will, Hannah Porter, Megan Lawler, Steph Stephanou, Carly Eagles, Zoe Rushen, Amy Nash, Kat Clifton, Sara Sinclair, Karissa Rodney. Subs: Lucy Wyatt, Nicola Carty, Chelsea Hinz, Roseanne Shafier.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Kathleen Clifton slides in to tackle Grace Beegan
(middle) Charlotte Kavanagh is taken on by Karissa Rodney
(bottom) Carly Eagles and Rinsola Babajide
Glasgow City reached the Scottish Cup Final after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hibernian at Ravenscraig with goals from Suzanne Lappin (2), Morgan Marlborough and Susan Fairlie.
Two goals in each half from the Cup holders kept City on course for an incredible third treble in a row and their 11th successive domestic trophy, as they showed no signs of tiredness following their extra time dramatic Champions League win midweek.
City took the lead after ten minutes when all time club top goalscorer Suzanne Lappin netted from the edge of the box. The Hibees had to look lively to not concede again soon after but good defending blocked successive goalbound shots from Susan Fairlie and then Morgan Marlborough.
The City support and players had a loud shout for handball when a HIbs arm blocked a Fairlie on target shot, but referee Hayley Irvine was not interested and waved play on. The Cup holders' pressure for the second goal eventually paid off when full back Emma Black cut inside and fired a well hit shot, which came back off the post. Marlborough reacted quickest and fired the rebound into the back of the net.
If City dominated the first half, they controlled the second half with even greater poise. Excellent play from Nicky Docherty brought out a fine save from Hibs keeper Hannah Reid and HIbs survived again when a Marlborough shot came back off the post.
It seemed only a matter of time before the third goal and it duly arrived on 67 minutes when Lappin headed home her second of the game. City then made it 4-0 when Susan Fairlie finished well into the bottom corner in injury time.
City will face Spartans in the final after the Edinburgh side came back from a goal down to defeat Aberdeen 4-1.
Dons captain Rachael Small put her side in the lead only for Lana Clelland to hit a great free kick moments before the break to get her side back on level terms at half time.
Spartans took the lead after Sarah Ewens pounced on a spill from Aberdeen keeper Rebecca Flaherty, and Claire Crosbie made it 3-1 with nine minutes remaining when she headed home from a Spartans corner. Dons striker Rebecca Dempster hit the post as she tried to bring her side back in the match, but in the final moments Ewens again finished from close range to make it a comfortable 4-1 victory for Spartans in the end.
The final between Glasgow City and Spartans will take place on Sunday 16th November at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, 2pm.
(Report by Laura Montgomery)
Doncaster Rovers Belles 2 (Smith 37,52) Yeovil Town 0
Sue Smith struck twice to take the FA Women's Super League 2 title race into the final weekend as Doncaster Rovers Belles marked their last home game of the campaign with victory against Yeovil Town.
The former England winger scored in each half, the second courtesy of a stunning long range strike, to ensure the Belles go into the final weekend two points behind leaders Sunderland.
Doncaster had been restricted to long range efforts early on, until Kasia Lipka found space in the area on 25 minutes and brought a good save from Rachel Simkin.
The Belles were in front of 37 minutes, Lipka driving at the defence to find Jess Sigsworth and - though Simkin saved well from the initial chance - Smith converted the rebound.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk came within inches of doubling the advantage on the stroke of half time, her well-crafted turn and shot bounced awkwardly for Simkin but hit the post.
Smith did get the second on 52 minutes though, and in sumptuous style too, cutting inside to curl a 25-yard, dipping effort into the top corner.
Yeovil rallied, Sarah Wiltshire hitting the post on 69 minutes from a tight angle after rounding Nicola Hobbs, but the Belles stood firm to keep their title hopes alive.
Both teams will be in London for the final match of the season, Sunderland will need a win away to Millwall Lionesses to be confirmed as Champions, any other result will mean that Doncaster would overhaul them by beating London Bees.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Lyndsey Cunningham, Victoria Williams, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Kasia Lipka, Jess Sigsworth (sub Ashleigh Mills 45mins), Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Millie Bright (sub Reanne Thomas 61mins), Beth England (sub Hope Knight 61mins). Sub not used: Sophie Stamp.
Yeovil Town: Rachel Simkin, Katie Cook, Stacey Pearson (sub Ebony Dover 82mins), Paige Stewart (sub Shauna Cossens 67mins), Rachael Edwards, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Jade Radburn-Lorton, Laura Bray (sub Amy Wathan 75mins), Sarah Wiltshire, Ellie Curson. Sub not used: Charlotte Haynes.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
England head coach Mark Sampson has named a 26-player squad for a 10-day training camp.
The players will meet at St George's Park next week as preparations begin for next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup, which takes place in Canada.
Sampson will also be looking ahead to England's historic match against Germany at Wembley on Sunday 23rd November. It will be the first time that England Women will play at the new Wembley Stadium and they face a tough test against the European Champions.
Mark Sampson said: "Every opportunity that we can work together as a group is crucially important to us in the lead up to the World Cup.
"The challenge now is to raise the bar every time we are together, starting with this camp in October and we have to make every day count. There is no match so our focus will be on developing every aspect of our game and ask the players to push themselves to another level.
"We have a strong, talented group and competition for places is fierce so every player knows this is an important camp.
"We also have a strong test against a very good German side at Wembley next month, so this time will be useful in starting our preparations for that match."
Tickets for England v Germany at Wembley Stadium are on sale now from www.thefa.com/tickets or by calling (0844) 826 2010. Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £1 for children and group booking discounts are also available.
England training camp squad:
Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit).
Radcliffe Olympic produced the shock of the round in the Premier League Plate on Sunday when they defeated Stoke City 4-1.
Beth Bailey scored twice along with Rania Ramadan and Dani Saulter as the Midlands Division One side knocked out their high flying Northern Division opponents to progress into the last sixteen. This also completed a good few days for Radcliffe who had beaten Loughborough Students 3-1 in the league prior to this match.
We talked to Radcliffe Olympic captain Laura Turner who was understandably delighted with her team's display and result but still feels that there is more to come in the future:
Congratulations on an excellent win on Sunday, how good was it to be a team of the quality of Stoke City?
It was a great reflection of our hard work so far this season. The squad and the management team showed commitment and professionalism and it was highly enjoyable to play in.
What did you think was the best aspect of the team's performance?
Without doubt the focus of the players for the duration of the game and the implementation of things we have been working on in previous games and in training.
Was the performance as well as the team has ever played?
It was a great performance but we certainly have the ability to improve and play even better football.
Who would you ideally like to draw in the next round?
That's a tough question, any team that fancies their chances!
You also had a good win against Loughborough Students in midweek, can the team build on these results and catch up with the leading teams?
We are only just getting started!
The division is shaping up to be a very tight one this season, can you see it staying that way?
This division can be unpredictable, particularly as the season progresses, but initial indications are that there will be quite a few teams challenging for the top spot this time. There is a lot of talent in the league and it makes for some exciting women's football.
This Sunday you play Steel City Wanderers and a win could put you up into fourth place. Do you see this as a very important game for the club?
Every game is very important and this Sunday is no different.
The following squad of players have been selected for a Wales Under-16 Girls National Development Squad training camp at Alicante, Spain from Saturday 18th October - Friday 31st October 2014:
Chloe Chivers (Coed Duon), Gwennan Davies (Bristol Academy), Rebecca Elliott (Prestatyn Girls), Evie Gane (Reading FC), Alice Griffiths (Cardiff City Ladies), Shannon Hobbs (Prestatyn Girls), Bethan Jewitt (Bristol Academy), Mollie Jones (Bristol Academy), Ellie Lake (Troedyrhiw B&G), Ina Martin (Dafen Welfare), Candice Nellist (Prestatyn Girls), Cassia Pike (Liverpool CoE), Ella Powell (Cardiff City Ladies), Amber Roberts (Bristol Academy), Aimee Watson (Bristol Academy), Jessica Williams (Bristol Academy), Lily Woodham (Bristol Academy).
East Midlands League
Rise Park moved to within three points of the leadership as they won 3-2 away to Arnold Town, thanks to a Rhyiannea Anderson. Robyn Henton and Jasmin Bear scored twice along with Anna Horton and Courtney Walters for Notts County Development who won for the first time, 6-2 against Sandiacre Town. Clodagh Summers netted two and Natalie Aird the other for Grimsby Borough in their 3-3 draw with Gedling Town, for whom Demi-Leigh Crofts hit a hat-trick.
Winterton Rangers continue to power away at the top of Division One North with a large victory over Alfreton Town. Hayley Shaw was on target seven times, Kirsty Shaw and Stephanie Warner each adding a brace and Lindsey Hughes completed the tally. Laura Jones (2), Amy Kilgannon, Maisie Kirwan and Abigail Young were on the scoresheet as Sleaford Town won 5-1 at Lincoln Moorlands Railway to go second. Underwood Villa meanwhile beat West Bridgford 3-2 thanks to Beth Hunt, Paige Rogers and Siobhan McCormick.
One match was played in Division One South, Samantha Hargrave netting the only goal as Oadby & Wigston Dynamo won 1-0 at Rothwell Corinthians to take over the leadership.
Eastern Region League
Billericay Town edged into top spot in the Premier Division after drawing 3-3 with Leverstock Green. Frances Murphy, Steph Polleykett and an own goal accounted for Billericay's goals while Leverstock netted through a Giselle Randall brace and Nicola Hollick. Stevenage Ladies continued their movement up the table by winning 4-3 at Acle Ladies Donna McGuigan scoring twice along with Hannah Marshall and Alex North. Haringey Borough lifted themselves off the bottom by beating AFC Dunstable 3-2 with goals from Holly Hinshelwood, Stedrika Perkins and Marianne Sheena.
Bury Town have gone six points clear at the top of Division One North as they scored ten times past Ipswich Wanderers. Catherine Upton, Laura Brown, Hayley Turner and Gemma Carter all bagged doubles with Norma Locker and Lyndsie Duemmel also on target. AFC Sudbury won for the first time, Charlotte Churcham scoring the only goal against Norwich City Res.
Hoddesdon Owls are the new leaders of Division One South after beating Hutton 3-2. Kristi Burling, Laura Newby and Leah Dunnage scored the goals to take Hoddesdon top on goal difference from Stevenage Ladies Res who won 2-1 against previous leaders Southendian Ladies, thanks to Jade Eaton and Sherrie Evans. Abbie Simmonds netted the only goal as Little Thurrock Dynamos registered their first victory, 1-0 away to Sawbridgeworth Town.
London & South East League
A 4-0 victory away to Bexhill Utd has taken AFC Wimbledon level on points with leaders Fulham FC Foundation. Samantha Williams netted twice for the Dons along with Caroline Bisson and Libby Suchley. Katie Harding (2) and Natalie Bright scored the goals for Hassocks who picked up their first point from a 3-3 draw with Aylesford, whose replies came from a Samantha Kilroy-Downs brace and Bethany Hulme.
Camden Town have gone five points ahead in Division One (London) after Abbie Brandon, Mary Guest and Frankie Stone gave them a 3-2 victory over AFC Phoenix. Watford Development are now second after beating Hemel Hempstead 5-0, Kayleigh Humphries netting twice along with Emma Bebbington, Terri Harvey and Sofie Georgiou. Colne Valley follow on in third, they won 3-2 away to Crystal Palace Development thanks to Debbie Watson (2) and Natalie Spencer. Meanwhile the game between Regents Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur Development was abandoned with Regents Park leading 1-0 at the time.
North East League
Barnsley are in third place in the Premier Division following their 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe & Bottesford. Jenna Bramley netted their goal with Scunthorpe replying through Annie Ward. Wakefield joined the leading pack of clubs by beating Castleford White Rose 4-1.
Lynsey Wilkinson netted twice along with Jennifer Brennan and an own goal as Northern Division leaders Gateshead Rutherford Ravens defeated Redcar Athletic 4-0. Second placed Blyth Town Lions were narrow 4-3 victors at Easingwold Town, goals coming from Sarah Burn (2), Natasha Goodall and Hannah Smith, and Lowick Utd complete the top three after Jenny Patterson, Michelle Stewart, Kirstie Tang and Melanie Darling earned them a 4-0 success away to Redcar Town. Samantha Garcia's hat-trick spearheaded an 8-1 win for Prudhoe Town over Middlesbrough Lionesses, Jenna Green adding a brace along with Hope Lowdon, Lauren Cannell and Eleanor Oakenfold. Karli Nicholson was another hat-trick scorer for Birtley St Josephs in their 5-2 victory over Kader FC, Elisha Jones and Kristen Whitfield adding the others.
Westella & Willerby moved to within two points of the leadership in the Southern Division, winning 4-1 against Doncaster Belles (Women's) with doubles from Amy Ward and Amy Thompson. Ossett Albion and Rovers Foundation Ladies shared a 1-1 draw, Nicola Swift and Jenna McGee scoring respectively, whilst Ellie Tanser bagged a hat-trick along with Emily Smith and Lauren Watson for Malet Lambert YC as they won 5-0 at Dearne & District.
North West League
Blackburn Community are now further ahead after scoring seven without reply against Northwich Vixens, extending their lead to nine points in the process. City of Manchester are up into the top half following their 10-1 success against Preston North End, just ahead of Blackpool who leapfrogged Bolton Wanderers by beating them 3-1. Birkenhead meanwhile picked up their first point from a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic.
In Division One North, Workington Reds continue to improve and they shared a goalless draw with CMB Ladies, denying their opponents the chance to go level on points with leaders Middleton Athletic. Bury Girls & Ladies stormed to an 8-1 victory over Leigh RMI and Carlisle Utd defeated Kendal Town 3-1.
Manchester Stingers are a single point off the pace in Division One South after they won 3-0 away to AFC Urmston Meadowside. Winsford are also in the top three as they edged out Stockport County Res by the odd goal in nine.
South West League
Gloucester City's excellent start to the season was brought to a crashing halt as they were beaten 3-0 by Frome Town, for whom Kasey Evans netted twice and Devon Rich the other. Brislington meanwhile avenged their F.A.Women's Cup defeat to Downend Flyers by winning their league meeting 4-0, Ann Marie Heatherson hitting a brace with Emily Plummer and Georgia Vandries joining her on the scoresheet.
Bishop's Lydeard continue to look strong in the Eastern Division and extended their lead to six points with a 4-1 victory over Ilminster Town. Holly Miller led the scoring with a hat-trick and Dawna Dennett was also on target. Keynsham Town Res meanwhile picked up their first win, 2-1 against Cleeve West Town with Hari Sabic netting both goals.
Western Division leaders Marine Academy Plymouth ran out 7-0 winners over Newquay Celtic, Eden May and Georgie Talbot each scoring twice along with Kate Bowden, Jade Bryan and Nicola Symons. They lead by five points from AFC Plympton who drew 3-3 with Launceston, Sam Metters, Chelsea Robinson and Maisie Williams netting their goals in reply to a Chloe Williams hat-trick. Charlestown replaced Callington Town in third by beating them 4-3 with goals from Tori Marks (2), Amber Hadrill and Rhiannon Player. Lennon Lewis scored twice and Laura Hampton the other for Illogan Ladies in their 3-2 victory over Alphington whilst Bude Town won for the first time, 2-0 at Dobwalls thanks to Sarah Badham and Courtney Ward.
Southern Region League
Woodley Utd are the new leaders of the Premier Division after a late goal from Nicola Froud earned them a 1-0 win away to Basingstoke Town. Mansfield Road also won 1-0 against Bracknell Town, Amy Pipe's goal taking them up to third. Aldershot Town meanwhile claimed their first league victory of the season, 2-1 against University of Portsmouth courtesy of a brace from Lauren Steers.
Milton Keynes City made a swift return to the top of Division One as they ran out 4-1 winners away to Tower Hill. Rachael Waller was on target twice along with Georgina Burns and Roksana Karbownik. Previous leaders Chesham Utd were beaten for the first time, 2-1 by Andover New Street who replace them in second place after scoring through Tammi Haynes and Charlotte Hull. Alixandra Todd, Olivia Hazell, Stephanie Fettes and an own goal ensured that Ascot Utd defeated New Forest 4-1 and Stony Stratford Town went one better against Southampton Women, Siobhaun Layne netting four times and Vicky Holland the other in their 5-1 victory. Sarah Rhind and Abi Smith were on target as Banbury Utd shared a 2-2 draw with Marlow, who replied through a brace from Abi Canvin.
West Midlands League
B & WM Police maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-0 victory away to Wednesfield Town. Leamington Lions meanwhile defeated Wednesfield Town 3-0 and head the chasing pack in second place. Knowle climbed into the top half on the back of a 1-0 success at Kingshurst Sporting Club and Coventrians registered their first point when battling out a 2-2 draw with Pelsall Villa.
In Division One North, Folly Lane won 2-0 at Cottage Farm Rangers to move to within three points of the leadership as did Lichfield Diamonds with a 3-2 victory over Florence. Kingshurst Sporting Res meanwhile won for the first time, 5-1 against Coseley Town.
Rubery Ladies have taken over at the top of Division One south following their 3-1 victory against Worcester Utd. Previous leaders Droitwich Spa went down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Marston Green who are up into third place. Lye Town follow on after they beat Wyre Forest Phoenix 3-0.
Bradford City defeated Newcastle Utd 2-1 in the Northern Division top of the table clash. Abigail Barker and Emma Dobson scored the goals to send Bradford three points clear of their opponents. Rachel Ackroyd and Sophie Varley gave Leeds Ladies a 2-1 victory over Guiseley AFC Vixens and Huddersfield Town won 6-0 against Mansfield Town, Rebecca Sherrard netting twice along with Emily Ginley, Rachel Sherrard, Francesca Wild and Alex Bailey.
Coventry City are the new leaders of the Midland Division, Ellie Towers scoring five times in their 12-1 win at FC Reedswood. Jade Ogle, Jade Whitfield, Jade Mellor, Kelly Worthington, Alison Forbes, Sami Ryder and Kia Morrall added the other goals to take the Sky Blues ahead of Nottingham Forest who drew 0-0 with Stoke City. Derby County won 3-2 away to Cardiff City Ladies thanks to Emily Gillott, Rebecca Lombard-Thompson and Dayna Randall, whilst Zainab Pervaiz was on target as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Leicester City Women 1-0.
Channin Smith (2), Rosie Paye and Dominique Harris gave Southern Division leaders Charlton Athletic a 4-3 victory over Portsmouth. They lead by two points from West Ham Utd, 3-2 winners over Brighton & Hove Albion thanks to Whitney Locke (2) and Jade Smith, and Tottenham Hotspur who drew 1-1 with Queen's Park Rangers, Adrianna Lipowska scoring their goal with Charmaine Benham replying. Crystal Palace won 2-0 at Gillingham with Leanne Bell and Stephanie Mann on target while Charlie-Rose King and Georgie Powell netted for Bedford Ladies in their 2-2 draw with Lewes, who replied through Paige Adams and Mia Taylor.
Liverpool gained their fourth straight win in the FA WSL Development League Northern Division, Ashley Hodson (2), Mollie Green, Hannah Dale and an own goal giving them a 5-0 success against Notts County. Manchester City stay second after beating Sunderland 6-1 whilst Durham Women beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 3-2 thanks to Jess Round, Maddison Atkinson and Courtney Corrie. Everton and Aston Villa finished level at 3-3, Mia Walters, Ellie McDonough and Laura Mitchell netting for Everton with Natasha Baptiste (2) and Beth Merrick replying.
Jodie Brett scored twice along with Rosella Ayane and Jenna Dear as Chelsea defeated Bristol Academy 4-1 to go top of the Southern Division. Yeovil Town won 2-0 against Watford with goals from Emma Brazell and Shannon Osman and Millwall Lionesses were 6-1 victors at Oxford Utd, Shirvae Edwards and Chloe Burr hitting doubles along with Pauline Adeyemo and Shauni Griffiths.
Manchester City 1 (Christiansen 72) Arsenal 0
att: 3,697; at Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
A second half header from Issy Christiansen gave Manchester City their first ever major trophy and ended Arsenal's hopes of winning the Continental Cup for the fourth successive year.
In front of a good attendance at Adams Park, a scrappy match was settled by a good move and finish and was worthy of winning the game against a subdued Arsenal side which created little of note during the ninety minutes.
Arsenal did carve out the first chance with three minutes on the clock, Yukari Kinga winning possession in midfield and finding Danielle Carter who threaded a pass into the path of Jordan Nobbs to fire a shot just wide.
City had an escape when, under pressure from Shinobu Ohno, a poor clearance from Karen Bardsley went straight to Rachel Yankey but the experienced winger failed to hit the target.
Arsenal continued to dictate possession but chances were scarce at either end as defences dominated. City's first opportunity of note came on the half hour from a corner, Jill Scott attempting a snap shot on the turn but it flew harmlessly wide.
City then had an escape when they were caught flat footed from a throw and Carter got past a challenge from Emma Lipman but found the angle a little too tight and her shot was parried away by Bardsley at the near post.
Arsenal could well have taken the lead in first half injury time when Ohno chased down Nobbs' pass into the area and crossed to the far post but Yankey's first touch was uncharacteristically heavy and Bardsley was able to gather.
A disappointing first half ended with the scoreline goalless and things showed little sign of improving immediately after the restart. Krystle Johnston flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal which Duggan could not reach but this was a rare glimpse on goal for either side in the opening twenty minutes.
The game burst into life with a powerfully struck free kick by Steph Houghton which was well saved by Emma Byrne and Kelly Smith also driving a set piece straight at Bardsley at the other end.
With eighteen minutes remaining, the stalemate was finally broken by the best move of the game. Scott spread the ball out wide to Johnston on the right, the winger whipping in a delightful cross for Christiansen who got inbetween two defenders before guiding her header past Byrne to put her side in front.
Arsenal tried to respond with a long range shot by Yankey which was comfortably held by Bardsley but City were growing in confidence and Toni Duggan, who had been kept quiet for most of the night, made a strong run towards goal but her shot lacked power and Byrne was able to save.
A Houghton free kick almost led to a second but her powerful strike was touched onto the bar by Byrne and Emma Mitchell did really well to charge down Natasha Flint's goalbound shot from the rebound.
Nobbs shot straight at Bardsley at the other end and Freda Ayisi dragged a shot wide but Arsenal could not get going and City's back four, with the impressive Keira Walsh in front of them, defended superbly to close the game out under late pressure.
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Nicki Harding, Georgia Brougham, Keira Walsh, Emma Lipman (sub Kathleen Radtke 62mins), Steph Houghton, Krystle Johnston, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan, Natasha Flint, Issy Christiansen. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Chelsea Nightingale, Betsy Hassett, Emma Kete, Danielle Young.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Alex Scott, Emma Mitchell, Yukari Kinga (sub Kelly Smith 62mins), Casey Stoney, Niamh Fahey, Shinobu Ohno (sub Freda Ayisi 79mins), Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter, Leah Williamson, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Siobhan Chamberlain, Christie Murray, Caroline Weir, Jade Bailey, Vyan Sampson.
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Leah Williamson in pursuit of winning goalscorer Issy Christiansen
(middle) Krystle Johnston challenges Emma Mitchell
(bottom) Celebration time for Manchester City!
Bristol Academy 2 Raheny Utd 1
Bristol Academy cruised into the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League and set themselves up with a prestigious tie against Barcelona.
A four-goal victory in the first leg had made the return game at Ashton Gate little more than a formality and they completed the task with second half goals from Natalia Pablos Sanchon and Angharad James.
It was Noelle Murray who had the first attempt on goal for Raheny with a long range shot that sailed over the bar but in a largely uneventful first half, it was Academy who had the lion's share of shots.
Nikki Watts was narrowly off target when flashed a 30-yard strike inches over and the striker also had a shot on the turn charged down by Pearl Slattery.
Watts continued to look the most threatening player on the pitch as she tried another shot from distance which flew straight at Niamh Reid Burke and also curled a left footed effort just wide.
Despite some good touches from Katie McCabe and Siobhan Killeen, Raheny were making little impression against the Academy defence although they did have a strong shout for a penalty turned down when McCabe was challenged by Jaz Matthews. At the other end, Watts forced a save from Burke following a good run by Sophie Ingle but the game had a 'dead rubber' feel about it and drifted into the break with a goalless scoreline.
McCabe was unlucky at the start of the second half with a shot that struck the outside of the post after a corner had been half cleared into her path. Two minutes later though, Academy broke the deadlock when Natasha Harding found space on the right and crossed, Watts held the ball up in the area and laid it off for Natalia to plant her shot into the far corner of the net.
The second goal was not too long in coming, this time Natalia and Harding combined to set up a chance for James and the midfielder fired in a shot which Burke got a hand to but could not keep out.
Laura Del Rio had been brought on as a second half substitute and she went close to a third with a shot from the edge of the area which was turned over the bar by Burke. Natalia drove a shot narrowly over the bar moments later from fifteen yards.
Raheny kept going and grabbed themselves a consolation with seventeen minutes remaining. Sinead O'Farrelly floated a free kick from deep into the area for an unmarked Slattery who planted a downward header past Mary Earps to reduce the arrears.
Academy could well have restored the two-goal advantage but appeared to make a meal of an excellent opportunity when Watts dribbled her way into the area before being crowded out in front of goal, the ball falling to Natalia whose shot was blocked on the line by the covering Rebecca Creagh.
That was the last action in a comfortable passage for the home side who booked their place in the last sixteen for the first time in their history.
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Grace McCatty, Loren Dykes (sub Frankie Brown 54mins), Jaz Matthews, Jemma Rose, Sophie Ingle, Natalia Pablos Sanchon (sub Gabriella Bird 84mins), Angharad James, Natasha Harding, Nikki Watts, Corinne Yorston (sub Laura Del Rio 49mins). Subs not used: Alice Evans, Cristina Keka Vega, Georgia Evans.
Raheny Utd: Niamh Reid Burke, Ingunn Eiriksdottir, Niamh Walsh, Sinead O'Farrelly, Lauren Dwyer (sub Avril Brierley 64mins), Pearl Slattery, Rebecca Creagh (sub Niamh Barnes 81mins), Rachel Graham, Katie McCabe, Noelle Murray (sub Catherine Cronin 72mins), Siobhan Killeen. Subs not used: Bethany Houldsworth, Shauna Newman, Laura Ryan, Danielle Sheehy.
(top) Lauren Dwyer tries to hold off Loren Dykes
(middle) Katie McCabe does well to escape from Natalia Pablos Sanchon and Nikki Watts
(bottom) Jemma Rose and Corinne Yorston combine to keep out Pearl Slattery and Rebecca Creagh
Linkoping FC 3 Liverpool 0
There was disappointment for Liverpool as they crashed out of the UEFA Women's Champions League after a 4-2 aggregate defeat to Swedish outfit Linkopings on Thursday night.
Matt Beard's side headed into the second leg protecting a 2-1 lead and in a buoyant frame of mind after clinching the FA Women's Super League title in dramatic circumstances on Sunday.
However, as they found out from the first leg, Linkoping are a very good side and on home turf they can be a handful for any team. On the night they were the stronger side and a hat-trick from Fredolino Rolfo on her competition debut secured a 3-0 win and with it a 4-2 aggregate victory.
The home side made a bright start at the Linkoping Arena and almost went in front when Pernille Harder found space only to see her effort superbly kept out by Libby Stout. Liverpool then carved out an opening themselves when Kate Longhurst found Natasha Dowie in space but her shot was charged down.
Stout continued to be an inspired presence in the Liverpool goal but she was finally beaten in the 22nd minute when Rolfo latched onto a through ball and fired home.
Inspired by the strike, Linkoping were hungry for more goals and it was only the agility of Stout that kept Beard's charges in the game before the opening half was over.
However, two minutes into the second half it was 2-0 when Rolfo netted, and the striker completed her hat-trick moments later after Stout's initial save.
Liverpool did not let their heads go down and had a great chance when Gemma Davison charged through and was unlucky to see her effort go just wide.
The Reds then had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when Katrin Omarsdottir's effort appeared to strike an arm, but sadly it was all in vain as Linkoping marched on to the last sixteen.
Beard's side will learn from this experience and come back a stronger side when they play in the competition once again in 2015.
Linkoping FC: Kathlynn Fraine, Janni Arnth, Mariann Knudsen, Charlotte Rohlin, Claudia Neto, Kristine Minde, Magdalena Ericsson, Maja Krantz, Fridolina Rolfo (sub Linda Sallstrom 90mins), Pernille Harder, Jonna Andersson (sub Stina Blackstenius 78mins). Subs not used: Hilde Gunn Olsen, Jennie Nordin, Emma Lennartsson, Tove Almqvist, Venera Rexhi.
Liverpool: Libby Stout, Martha Harris (sub Nina Pedersen 64mins), Corina Schroder, Fara Williams, Gemma Bonner, Lucy Bronze, Kate Longhurst (sub Nicole Rolser 56mins), Katrin Omarsdottir (sub Katie Zelem 77mins), Natasha Dowie, Amanda Da Costa, Gemma Davison. Subs not used: Danielle Gibbons, Becky Easton, Ashley Hodson, Ellie Stewart.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Long Lane and Herne Bay will meet each other in the Third Round Qualifying after both teams claimed excellent victories against higher league opposition.
Ellie Beere bagged a hat-trick with Otesha Charles and Charley Jenkins also on target as Long Lane won a thrilling tie 5-4 against Brentford. Herne Bay came through with a 1-0 success away to Crawley Wasps, courtesy of a first half goal from Carly Farrow, to set up the tie between the two South East Counties League sides.
Wymondham Town claimed a scalp from two divisions above when beating Great Shelford 2-0. The Norfolk League side will now face Premier League opponents in the shape of Cambridge Women after strikes from Kelly Ayers and Laura Hammerton earned them the win over the Eastern Region League club.
Leighton Utd Vixens put out a Regional League side for the second round in a row, their 4-1 victory over Colney Heath earning them a tie with Luton Town. Shanice Sanderson was on target twice for Leighton along with Vikki Reid and Shona Leo.
AFC Wimbledon Development maintained their winning start to the season when they defeated Dartford Royals 3-0 and they have landed a plum tie with Crystal Palace. Aramide Okekunle, Elle Richards and an own goal saw the Greater London League side to victory.
Burnley Girls & Ladies won 2-1 against Mersey Girls, strikes from Beccy Hayton and Jo Rohman seeing Burnley to victory and earning themselves a trip to Morecambe. Rebecca Beech and Zoe Mitchell were both on target for Hull City as they defeated North East League leaders Brighouse Town 2-0 and their next opponents will be Chester-le-Street.
Steph Ord curled in a 25-yard free kick early in the second half to earn Whitley Bay a fine 1-0 victory away to York City and a home tie with Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Peterlee RA were 2-1 winners at Boldon with first half goals from Kerry Denham and Jen Alford, they now go to Guiseley AFC Vixens.
Tynedale defeated Birtley Town 5-0 to earn a tough trip to Chorley. Ashleigh Rae netted a brace and there was one apiece from Sharron Bell, Christine Murray and Emma Hales.
Woolton will now go to Sheffield Utd Community after they beat Penrith AFC 1-0, Rachel Carney grabbing the only goal of the game. Becky McEwan and Leah Embley each scored twice, with Lauren Walker joining them on the scoresheet as Accrington Girls & Ladies won 5-3 against Wetherby Athletic to book an away date with Stockport County.
Nikki Berko scored a hat-trick, including two from the penalty spot, as Blackpool Wren Rovers ended the hopes of Merseyrail Bootle by beating them 3-0 and the North West League side will now host Middlesbrough.
Sheffield Wednesday picked up a fine 3-1 win away to Farsley AFC and they will be away to Rotherham Utd. However they left it late to turn things around as they trailed to an early goal but equalised with three minutes remaining through Natalie Ledger, before Emma Otley and Danielle Harrison clinched victory during injury time. Wednesday would like to thank Farsley for their assistance whilst one of their players was stretchered off with a serious knee injury.
Faye Brown had a great day for Ruddington Village, scoring all five goals as they ran out 5-1 winners at Long Eaton Utd and their reward is a home tie with Loughborough Foxes.
A Laura Morris brace and Jen Smith accounted for the goals for TNS Ladies, who will be at home to Leafield Athletic following their 3-0 victory over Walsall. Crewe Alexandra defeated Nettleham 3-1, goals from Levi Lander, Shell Saunders and Leanne Derry ensured they will be at home to Loughborough Students in the next round.
Burton Park Wanderers maintained their good Cup run by beating Offley & Stopsley 4-1, next up for the East Midlands League side is a home meeting with Leicester City Ladies. Louise Burgess got Burton Park off to a great start by giving them a fourth minute lead and they went on to add second half goals through Katie Steward, Laura Beckett and Kara Hindwood.
Burton Albion earned themselves a trip to FC Reedswood after they notched up a good 1-0 success away to Allscott, Demi Croxall scoring the only goal of the game. Meanwhile Crusaders were 2-0 winners at Raunds Town, courtesy of a brace of goals from Belinda Martin, and they will be away again in the next round to Leicester City Women.
Ellistown edged out Wyrley Ladies 4-3 after extra time and their next opponents will be Radcliffe Olympic. Ellistown captain Kathryn Hollier fired home the winning goal in the last minute of extra time to take her team through, adding to earlier strikes from Emma Moore (2) and Jess Waldrum.
Bilbrook contined their good Cup form by defeating Kenilworth Town 3-0, meaning they will go to Mansfield Town. Nat Morris and Lindsay Josephs ensured that Bilbrook were two goals ahead at the break and Jess Nash wrapped up the win during the second half. Barking will be away to C & K Basildon in the next round after they beat Royston Town 4-0, Carly Vigors hitting a hat-trick and Claire Brooks joining her on the scoresheet.
Lowestoft Town kept up their powerful start to the season by scoring eight without reply against Wealdstone and this sets up a fascinating clash with Norwich City. Anna Larkins hit a hat-trick for free scoring Lowestoft, Natasha Thomas weighed in with a brace and the tally was completed by Paige Shorten, Marcie Prettyman and Hannah Waters.
Colchester Town defeated Brentwood Town 2-0, Laura Guyon and Georgia Box scoring, and they will make a relatively short trip to Ipswich Town. Anna Jephson and Natalie Shenton were both on the scoresheet for Bar Hill in their 2-1 win against Peterborough Northern Star and they will be at home to Milton Keynes Dons.
Carshalton Athletic swept into the next round with a 5-2 victory over Maidstone Utd, which means they will travel to Enfield Town. Laura Curtis led the scoring with a hat-trick and there was one apiece from Alison Hall and Danielle Davies. One of the ties went all the way to penalties on Sunday, at Maidenhead Utd where the home side triumphed on spot kicks following a 2-2 draw and now take on Shanklin. (see match report)
Katherine Long, Jane Simpson and Hannah Titchener scored the goals as London Corinthians set themselves up with a tie against Denham Utd after they defeated Fulham FC Foundation 3-2. Eastbourne Town won 3-1 against Parkwood Rangers and they are at home to Gosport Borough, goals coming from Keisha Lawrence, Francesca O'Callaghan and Emma Parslow.
Oxford City claimed a 2-1 extra time victory away to Poole Town and they will be on their travels again to Forest Green Rovers. Danielle Anderson scored both goals, including the clincher with five minutes of extra time remaining. Bridgwater Town meanwhile defeated Newbury Ladies 4-2 to set up a trip to Larkhall Athletic, courtesy of doubles from Anusia Rourke and Taylor Gainey.
Parley Sports ran out 4-1 winners away to Christchurch and the Southern Region League side have been handed a plum home tie against Exeter City. Kerry Shiers netted two of the goals and there was one each from Nicole Learner and Charlie Lanahan. Beth Turner, Karyn Coombs and Katie Wadey all scored a goal apiece for Swindon Spitfires who won 3-1 away to Truro City, which means they will face Southampton Saints.
Glasgow City 3 Medyk Konin 0
Glasgow City are through to the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League after a sensational 3-0 (aggregate 3-2) extra time victory over Polish side, Medyk Konin.
Second half goals from Jo Love and Susan Fairlie took this pulsating match into extra time before Denise O'Sullivan added the winner to make sure that City's European adventure continues.
In a nervy opening, both sides struggled to impose themselves but City slowly began to make headway. Suzanne Lappin provided City's first attempt after six minutes when her effort sailed wide, and then Nicky Docherty followed up with a good run and shot that was comfortably gathered by Konin goalkeeper, Anna Szymanska.
Konin were understandably preoccupied with protecting their first leg advantage, but when the opportunity arose to attack they did so in significant numbers and were a potent threat throughout. They had their first real chance of the match after 11 minutes when a defensive mix-up almost led to the opening goal, but Docherty positioned herself well to clear. Two minutes later there was another scare for City but Docherty again did well when danger threatened.
City responded well to the Konin threat and began to force their opponents back. The home side could and probably should have opened the scoring with 17 minutes on the clock. A pinpoint free kick from Love found the unmarked Eilish McSorley at the back post but she sent her volley agonisingly wide from close range. The same set play routine had been tried in Poland, but once again the final execution was missing.
The home side continued to push and press for the opening goal and after 31 minutes, Suzanne Lappin had the ball in the net. A teasing free kick from Love found the head of the number 10, but she was flagged offside by the assistant referee - much to the frustration of the City faithful.
With the scoreline goalless at half time, City introduced Susan Fairlie for Abbi Grant at the start of the second period as the home side searched for a goal that would give them a platform to recover the deficit.
The Scottish champions started the second half strongly and Lappin soon forced Szymanska into a fine stop. The attempts continued to rain in on the Polish goal and eventually City got their reward after 59 minutes. A well struck shot by Love from outside the box found the bottom corner and City were now in the ascendancy.
The Glasgow side almost netted a second goal to level the tie but Fairlie's first time shot, after good work from Morgan Marlborough, was brilliantly saved by the Konin goalkeeper.
With thirteen minutes left City grabbed the desperately needed second goal. The ball landed perfectly at the feet of Fairlie inside the Konin box and after the forward steadied herself, she expertly steered the ball into the net to level the tie.
Almost immediately a Brown corner had the Polish goalkeeper struggling but the lurking McSorley was unable to capitalise.
With the 90 minutes all but over, Konin almost grabbed a late goal that would surely have seen them advance to the next stage. The ball was fed into the path of the outstanding Anna Gawronska, and she appeared certain to score, but Lee Alexander made an excellent and brave save to take the match into extra time.
Four minutes into the additional half hour, City scored to move in front for the first time in the tie. A corner from Fiona Brown eventually landed at the feet of O'Sullivan who turned and lashed the ball home from close range.
Before the interval, City had a glorious chance to increase their lead and give themselves some breathing space, but Brown missed the target with the goal at her mercy.
The second period of extra-time was all about survival for City but they remained resolute. The Polish side enjoyed the majority of possession but the Glasgow side held on to claim a fantastic win.
When a goal had to be scored, a shot had to be blocked or a save had to be made, City players stepped up to the mark tonight. This was an excellent team performance and despite Konin playing their part in a highly entertaining contest, over the two legs, the better team has progressed.
Glasgow City will now face top Swiss side FC Zurich in the last 16 after they comfortably overcame Croatian's ZNK Osijek 7-2 on aggregate. City will play away from home first, with the return leg at Airdrie Excelsior Stadium on Wednesday 12th November, 7.30pm kick off. Tickets will be available via www.glasgowcityfc.co.uk shortly.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Nicola Docherty, Emma Black, Julie Nelson, Eilish McSorley (sub Cheryl McCulloch 98mins), Joanne Love, Denise O'Sullivan, Fiona Brown, Abbi Grant (sub Susan Fairlie 45mins), Suzanne Lappin, Morgan Marlborough. Subs not used: Autumn Farrell, Nikola Deiter, Kodie Hay, Courtney Whyte, Leanne Ross.
Medyk Konin: Anna Szymanska, Katarzyna Konat, Aleksandra Sikora, Helenna Hercigonja-Moulton, Radoslava Slavcheva, Anna Gawronska, Gabriela Grzywinska (sub Jagoda Szewczuk 68mins), Ewa Pajor, Sandra Zigic (sub Ewelina Kamczuk 81mins), Natalia Pakulska, Patrycja Balcerzak. Subs not used: Karina Kaluzna, Sylwia Matysik.
(Report by Graham Semple, photo by Andy Buist)
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