Larkhall Athletic held on to the early leadership of the FAWPL South West Division One after they won 2-0 away to Exeter City on Tuesday night, their third win in as many league matches.
It was the second time the teams had met in three days, after the Larks had triumphed 6-1 in their Premier League Cup tie, but this match was a lot closer and was goalless at half time.
The deadlock was broken just before the hour as defender Amanda Blakeley put Larkhall in front, with substitute Carly Symons wrapping up the win with two minutes remaining.
Yeovil Town's next home match will be played at Huish Park, when they take on former Women's Super League One side and fellow promotion chasing team Everton on Sunday 13th September.
Off the back of a successful event in July which saw 722 fans watch the Lady Glovers beat Millwall Lionesses 1-0, Huish Park will now play host to the Blue Girls who currently sit in fourth place and just three points behind Yeovil, with two games in hand.
With promotion still on for Yeovil, the squad will be focussed firstly on their away trip to Durham this weekend. Jamie Sherwood's team will then be hoping for another bumper crowd in a game which could decide promotion hopes for both of the teams on display.
Everton, who share and play their home games with Liverpool at the Select Stadium in Widnes, were relegated from Women's Super League one last season, but have a host of young internationals in their squad. It was due to England International call ups, as to the reason why the scheduled game against the Lady Glovers in July was originally postponed by the Blue Girls.
The game which kicks off at 2.00pm will also play host to a two-course pre-match carvery costing £9.50, with tickets kept the same at £4.00 adults and £2.50 concessions.
Monday evening saw the Irish FA Women's Challenge Cup Final take place between Cliftonville Ladies and Crusaders Strikers at Seaview and it didn't disappoint.
It took less than twenty minutes for the first goal to go in and it came for Cliftonville. Kiera Moss got her first of the night after her team had applied some early pressure.
]This was just the start Cliftonville would have wanted and it got even better less than five minutes later. Leontia McVarnock lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and Kiera Moss tapped it into the net to make it 2-0.
Moss was on fire and nearly added a third just minutes later but fired her shot over the bar. With half an hour gone the game was 2-0 and Cliftonville were dominating. Marissa Callaghan and McVarnock had chances just before the half but it remained 2-0 at the break.
The second half resumed in the same fashion as the first and it was Cliftonville who struck again early on. A long ball from Billie Simpson was collected by McVarnock, who lobbed goalkeeper Lemon in the Crusaders goal and made it 3-0 with just fifty minutes played. The game was all but over five minutes later when Harbinson passed to Moss who slotted home her third low to the goalkeeper's left and into the corner of the net. Cliftonville were very impressive going forward, taking their opportunities and being creative in front of goal.
To their credit, Crusaders rallied and played some great football in the final stages of the game. It was the Strikers who got the next goal of the game too, Alex Ogle hit a thunderbolt from twenty yards out straight into the corner to make it 4-1. The game was end to end after that, really opening up as Crusaders pushed to find more goals. There were chances at either end but Sarah Lemon was particularly impressive in goal for Crues as the game ended 4-1 to Cliftonville.
This meant that the Reds lifted the Irish FA Women's Challenge Cup to bring it home to Solitude for the first time.
Cliftonville Ladies: Tiarna McKenna, Jo-Anne McCarthy, Megan Morgan, Emma Kelly, Terri Moore, Trudi Harbinson, Kiera Moss, Billie Simpson, Leonita McVarnock 16, Louise Doherty, Marissa Callaghan. Subs: Genevieve Hanna, Joana Da Silva, Mairead McLaughlin, Ashleigh Murray, Kirsty Dodds.
Crusaders Strikers: Sarah Lemon, Courtney Moore, Mairead McCann, Danielle McDowell, Taylor Wright, Brooke Bain, Nadine Murphy, Heather Mearns, Clare Carson, Megan Beattie, Aimee McNeill. Subs: Alex Ogle, Jessica Doran, Jordan Robinson, Beth Hunter, Chloe Doagh.
Anna Signeul today announced her squad to face Norway and Slovenia later this month.
Scotland will finalise preparations for the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 qualifiers by hosting Norway, who reached the last 16 of this year's FIFA Women's World Cup, at Firhill Stadium on 17th September. Five days later, they take on Slovenia in Ajdovscina in their opening qualifier.
Scotland are vying to qualify for the finals of a major championship for the first time, after reaching the play-offs for the past two Euro campaigns, and sealing a first ever World Cup play-off place last year.
As the second ranked side in Group 1, they will face Iceland, Belarus, Slovenia and FYR Macedonia in their bid to seal a place at the finals in The Netherlands in 2017.
With over nine years of playing football at Yeovil Town Ladies, Stacey Pearson has made the hard decision to hang up her boots to enable her to focus on her refereeing career.
Pearson has seen many highs for the club and was the first ever goalscorer for Yeovil Town Ladies FC in the club's opening fixture in the FA WSL against London Bees in 2014 and she later went on to score a hat trick in that game.
Stacey is a Level 5 referee, currently six games into her promotion campaign to get level 4 and on this decision she said: "I have decided to put my time and effort into achieving my ambitions into hopefully one day becoming an international referee.
"A close friend of mine once said if I worked hard I could go all the way and even get to a World Cup one day, so I want to prove him right and this is the first step in doing that.
"I have made some amazing friends, played with some quality players and created some amazing memories, which I will always cherish.
"I have made some of the best friends I could ask for, who have made my time at Yeovil even more worthwhile. Thank you to all those who have supported me along the way."
First Team manager Jamie Sherwood, who has steered the club up the table this season, said: "We wish Stacey well. She has always been very professional in her attitude and her training. She has been a great servant for the club and has been involved in some very historic games through her career with the club."
Club President David Mills has seen first hand, the contribution that Pearson has made to the club in her time.
Mills said: "Stacey has been a major part of the club for almost a decade and her influence on and off the field in that time cannot be underestimated. The club has come an amazing way in this time and so has Stacey as a player and a role model.
"Yeovil Town Ladies FC owes Stacey a massive vote of thanks for her contribution and a playing career she can be proud of."
The club would like to thank Chris Leigh who is a valued supporter but has also sponsored Stacey this season.
Holders Manchester City have been drawn against Arsenal in the quarter final of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup, in a repeat of last year's Final.
Both clubs won all five matches in the group stage - as did SSE Women's FA Cup runners-up Notts County, who were drawn at home to Reading FC Women, the only FA WSL 2 side left in the competition.
Women's FA Cup winners Chelsea will travel to Birmingham City, while Bristol Academy will entertain Liverpool.
The quarter final ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 12 September.
Quarter final draw:
Birmingham City v Chelsea
Bristol Academy v Liverpool
Notts County v Reading
Arsenal v Manchester City
Portsmouth were given a scare by Keynsham Town before making it through the Determining Round of the Premier League Cup with a 3-2 victory at the AJN Stadium.
On a day when none of the higher division teams were beaten by lower division opponents, Pompey looked to be on their way to a comfortable win when Jess Frampton and Charley Wilson put them two goals ahead during the first half. Justine Lorton-Radburn reduced the arrears before half time and midway through the second half, Keynsham were back on level terms when Pilar Garcia clipped home the second goal. Jemma Tewkesbury hit the bar with a header at the other end before Gemma Simmonds scored what proved to be the winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
Preston North End were the winners of the League Plate last season but they will not be defending the trophy this time around, after they progressed with a 4-0 victory over Solihull Ladies. Melissa Bell gave them an eighth minute lead and Laura Walker added a second before the break, with Emma Hickson and Hannah Forster completing the scoring.
Queen's Park Rangers go through to the League Cup as they narrowly got the better of Milton Keynes Dons in a seven-goal thriller. Cherelle Albert marked her return to the club by scoring twice on her debut, Jo Wilson was also on target and Zemeka Clarke netted the decisive goal for the R's from the penalty spot.
Bradford City emerged as 2-1 winners over Newcastle Utd from one of the ties of the round. Katie Nutter gave Bradford the lead midway through the first half and Sarah Danby added a second. Newcastle pulled a goal back through Beth Gardener but the visitors held on.
C & K Basildon produced a fine result in beating Coventry Utd 1-0. A close game was settled when Karissa Rodney scored the only goal of the game during the first half.
Guiseley AFC Vixens came through against Liverpool Marshalls Feds in a tough tie which almost went the distance. Normal time could not produce a goal and penalties were looming large but with five minutes of extra time remaining, Aimi Beresford scored the only goal of the game.
Tottenham Hotspur notched up an impressive 5-1 win against Lewes in an all-Southern Division tie. Avilla Bergin was on target twice for Spurs along with Katie O'Leary, Jenna Schillaci and Riana Soobadoo, Paige Walder replying for the Rookettes.
Sporting Club Albion left it late to record a 3-1 victory which made the long journey back from Chester-le-Street a happy one. Graham Abercrombie's side led at half time through an Abi Cottam goal which was cancelled out ten minutes after the restart by Rachel Mellor, but injury time strikes from Leigh Dugmore - via the penalty spot - and Trina Greaves saw Albion home.
Derby County kept up their good start to the new campaign by beating Peterborough Northern Star 5-0. Katie Lowder netted a goal in each half and there was one apiece from Aimee Perry, Melissa Johnson and Emily Jeffery.
Nottingham Forest made light work of a potentially tricky away tie at Leafield Athletic by scoring eight times without reply. Natasha Meade and Annabel McKechnie each hit hat-tricks for Forest, whose other goals came from Andi Bell and Krysia Ellis.
Emily Heckler has started the season in unstoppable form for Huddersfield Town and the prolific striker was at it again on Sunday. Having scored seven times in their opening two league games, Heckler bagged another four as Town went through at the expense of Blackpool Wren Rovers with a 10-1 victory. Debbie Hastings weighed in with a hat-trick, Katie Lockwood added a brace and Katie Barnes rounded off the scoring.
Blackburn Rovers produced a good display in winning 6-0 away to Loughborough Foxes. Alisha Johnson and Sophie Jones were on target twice along with Jess Holbrook and Lynda Shepherd.
Nuneaton Town made it safely through with a 6-1 success against Stockport County, courtesy of a goal apiece from Clare Williamson, Nicola Foskett, Megan Morrish, Karen Clough and Jodie McGuckin plus an own goal, with Carmen Troiano replying.
Stoke City swept into the next round by running out 5-0 winners over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies. Kate Asher led the scoring for Stoke with a hat-trick and Abby Hunt weighed in with the other two goals.
Brighton & Hove Albion defeated Gillingham 4-0, Kirsty Barton giving the Seagulls a first half lead before they clinched the result after the break with further strikes from Kim Stenning, Katie Natkiel and Charlotte Gurr.
Cardiff City Ladies were given a hard game by Enfield Town before finally emerging as 1-0 victors. Chloe Lloyd grabbed the only goal of the game, midway through the second half.
Charlotte King led the scoring with a hat-trick and the other markswomen were Ella Hitchcox and Kirsty Richardson as Forest Green Rovers won 5-1 against Maidenhead Utd.
Plymouth Argyle also had a smooth passage with a 7-2 victory over St Nicholas. Ellie Dorey bagged a hat-trick and Laura Perrett weighed in with a brace, while Kayleigh Brown and Ezme Wells added a goal apiece. Amy Jefferies netted both goals in reply for the visitors.
West Ham Utd came through a difficult tie, winning 3-0 against Crystal Palace. Shirvae Edwards and Stacey Little ensured that the Hammers led by two goals at half time, before Danica Revell sewed up the win with the third goal late in the second half.
Radcliffe Olympic produced a fine result in triumphing 4-1 away to Northern Division One pacesetters Chorley. Dani Saulter had a great day in front of goal for Radcliffe as she hit a hat-trick with Ashleigh Evans adding the other, Sarah Berry grabbing a consolation for the home side.
Norton & Stockton Ancients continue to improve and notched up a 3-1 victory at Loughborough Students. Caitlin Bates (2) and Kate McSorley were on the scoresheet for Norton, with Nicola Russell replying.
Middlesbrough overcame a bad start to beat Leeds Ladies 5-2. Leeds raced into a two-goal lead inside the opening fifteen minutes thanks to Bridie Hannon and Shelbey Morris but 'Boro were ahead by half time, courtesy of a fourteen minutes hat-trick from Bianca Owens. Emma Foster added a fourth midway through the second half and Nyci Thorns completed the scoring late on.
Six different players got on the scoresheet as Morecambe won 9-0 against Leicester City Ladies. Emily Hutton, Becky Whittingham and Jenny Keane each netted braces and the tally was completed by Laura Callis, Hannah Paling and Jo Norris.
Mossley Hill meanwhile eased through with a 4-2 success over Steel City Wanderers, Lauren Oatley scoring twice along with Megan Brodie and Carla Lee.
A goal ten minutes before half time from Rosemary Slade proved to be enough to give Sporting Khalsa a 1-0 victory away to Tranmere Rovers.
Leicester City Women's free scoring start to the season continued as they returned from Rotherham Utd with a 5-0 victory under their belts. Lauren Impey and Becky Knight ensured that City were two goals ahead at half time and they went on to crown the win with further strikes from Katy Ward, Chantelle Robinson and Fiona Worts.
Laura Bright, Laura Mills and Becky Taylor were all on the scoresheet as Cambridge Utd ran out 3-0 winners against Cheltenham Town.
Ipswich Town emerged as 3-2 extra time winners over Norwich City in an entertaining East Anglian derby tie. Amanda Crump, Sian Fagg and Aimee Harrison scored their goals with Natasha Snelling and Emma Allsopp replying (see match report).
Lowestoft Town gained revenge for their league defeat at the hands of Luton Town seven days earlier by winning their Cup meeting 3-2 after extra time. Aimee Durrant, Hannah Waters and Natasha Thomas were all on target for Lowestoft, Natasha Fensome and Shanice Jiminez responding for Luton.
The only tie to go all the way to penalties was at Old Actonians where the home side progressed from the shootout after sharing a 3-3 draw with Denham Utd. Jessica Byrne, Sinead Friel and Carla Williams netted the goals during open play for Actonians.
Two first half goals earned Shanklin their first victory of the season, 2-1 against Bedford Ladies. Naomi Cooper and Kim Arnold put the Isle of Wight side two ahead at the break and despite Nicola Henman pulling one back in the second half, Shanklin saw the game out to progress to the next stage.
Larkhall Athletic were another side to inflict first half damage as they ran out 6-1 winners over Exeter City. Kate German bagged a hat-trick for the Larks and Emily Harrington added a double, with Lizzie Barratt also getting on the scoresheet. Helen Kukor netted a second half consolation for Exeter.
Tammy Waine made a great impression on her debut for new club Chichester City, scoring the only goal of the game to give them a 1-0 victory away to Southampton Saints.
The draw for the First Rounds of the Premier League Cup and Premier League Plate will take place on 14th September.
Photo - Charley Wilson in possession for Portsmouth, under close attention from Keynsham Town full back Hannah Davies.
Ipswich Town 3 Norwich City 2 (aet)
Ipswich Town won the first 'Old Farm Derby' of the season with a 3-2 extra time victory over Norwich City in the FA Women's Premier League Cup Determining Round at Felixstowe and Walton United FC.
As a result, Ipswich will be entered into the draw for the League Cup whilst the Canaries will compete in the Plate competition. A match in the best traditions of local derbies swung first one way then the other over 120 minutes of highly competitive football played in a fair and sporting manner. The only disappointment was that the tie was settled by an unfortunate own goal by the otherwise excellent Ebony Wiseman on 107 minutes.
Ipswich started very positively and had long range efforts from Jazz Cox and Molly Hall held by Canaries keeper Jade Nicholson. Cox and City's Natasha Snelling were both very lively with the latter breaking clear only to be denied by Ipswich keeper Laura Bird. A Paige Shorten corner, headed down by Ellen Swift on 15 minutes gave Kate Parsons an opening but the shot was wide.
Shorten provided the best moment of the half with a turn and 20 yard shot saved by Bird at full stretch by her right post but in general the teams had cancelled each other out in a blank first period.
Ipswich nearly took the lead on 49 minutes when Hall's flicked header found Aimee Harrison clear but her shot was wide. Snelling shot over under pressure from advancing Town keeper Bird when set up by Shorten's chipped pass on 53 minutes but it was Ipswich who took the lead just before the hour. Skipper Amanda Crump's free kick from the right found Harrison who headed the ball home at the far post.
Norwich poured forward in search of the equaliser, moving the ball very fluently but met with resolute defence from Town. Parsons was denied by a good save then by a last ditch tackle from Harrison, but suddenly, with seven minutes left the tide seemed to have turned in the Canaries' favour.
Snelling equalised with a crisp finish after a free kick found her clear on 83 minutes then sub Emma Allsopp netted two minutes later after hesitation in the Ipswich defence.
Ipswich seemed beaten but two minutes into added time another free kick was caused havoc in the visiting defence and Sian Fagg was on hand to blast the ball home after Nicholson had saved well from an initial shot.
Norwich again pressed high up the pitch in extra time but were mainly kept at bay by a strong back four display. Allsopp had a goal ruled out for offside, then Shorten had a great chance when clean through, but scuffed her shot wide.
Ipswich took full advantage on 107 minutes with the fourth goal of the afternoon from a free kick. Crump's fine delivery found defender Wiseman in a difficult position and her header drifted over Nicholson for Town's third.
Only superb work from keeper Bird preserved the advantage, twice denying Parsons before brave blocks kept out two follow up efforts. Ipswich then saw out the final minutes very effectively for a most satisfying victory.
The fact that it was achieved with just one substitute available and several players missing was all the more creditable. Norwich were not at full strength themselves but played with great fluency at times but this was not their day and Ipswich take bragging rights into the league encounters.
Ipswich Town: Laura Bird, Jac Ball, Sophie Welton, Sian Fagg, Aimee Harrison, Cassie Craddock, Molly Hall, Amanda Crump, Jo Foy, Jazz Cox, Hollie Clement. Sub: Grace Knock.
Norwich City: Jade Nicholson, Bryony Radley, Erin Wilson, Ebony Wiseman, Kate Parsons, Ellen Fewkes-Woodrow, Brooke Osborne, Paige Shorten, Natasha Snelling, Ellen Swift, Brooke Cheal-Ferris. Subs: Abigail Gower, Emma Allsopp, Mary Croft.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Brooke Cheal-Ferris shields the ball from Jo Foy
(middle) Abigail Gower is challenged by Sophie Welton
(bottom) Paige Shorten fires a free kick towards goal
Glasgow City remain on top of the Scottish Women's Premier League on goal difference after scoring seven times without reply past Rangers.
Julie Fleeting hit a brace and there was one apiece from Joanne Love, Clare Shine, Kerry Montgomery, Susan Fairlie and Leanne Ross.
City continue to lead the way by the slenderest of margins from Hibernian, who won 3-0 away to local rivals Spartans. Lizzie Arnot had a great day, netting a penalty in each half before rounding off her hat-trick from open play to keep her side's title challenge well on course.
Aberdeen are back up into third place, at the expense of Celtic after beating them 3-0. Hannah Stewart opened the scoring on fifteen minutes, with Loren Campbell adding the second via a sweetly struck volley on the hour. Rebecca Dempster completed a great display from the Dons with the final goal.
The chase at the top of the bottom section has got a little closer after Forfar Farmington defeated leaders Stirling University 1-0. Amy Gallacher scored an early goal to take improving Forfar to within two points of their opponents.
Hearts meanwhile got back to winning ways with a 2-1 success against Hutchison Vale. Kirsty McLaughlin and Brogan Anderson netted their goals, with Hayley Cunningham pulling one back late on for Hutchie.
Hamilton Academical boosted their survival hopes, thanks to a vital 4-0 victory over Inverness City. Laura Gallen netted a goal in each half and she was joined on the scoresheet by Gill Inglis and Lori Gardner.
Photo - Susan Fairlie clips home Glasgow City's fourth goal against Rangers (Andy Buist).
Millwall Lionesses 0 Arsenal 4 (Carter 10, Yankey 12, Kelly 15, Janssen 74)
Arsenal finished the group stage of the Continental Cup with a 4-0 win over Millwall Lionesses to maintain their 100 per cent win record in the competition.
Arsenal started brightly, scoring three goals inside the first quarter of an hour. The first saw Danielle Carter's header fly past Sarah Quantrill after Rachel Yankey beat her marker and delivered a pinpoint cross just ten minutes into the game.
Yankey turned from provider to scorer when she curled a wonderful free kick past the outstretched Quantrill two minutes later. Chloe Kelly got Arsenal's third in the 15th minute when she capitalised on Quantrill's mistake and smashed the ball into Millwall's empty net.
The second half did not start at the same high tempo as the first and it took until the hour for Carter to cut in from the left flank and hammer a shot over the crossbar.
The striker continued to threaten and midway through the half she curled the ball wide of goal after dribbling into the box.
Arsenal did manage to extend their lead fifteen minutes from time, with Dominique Janssen nodding home her first goal for the club. Yankey again registered the assist, curling in a corner for the Dutch international to power a header past Quantrill.
Millwall Lionesses: Sarah Quantrill, Meghan McKeag (sub Lauren Davis 79mins), Dionne Lennon, Naomi Cole, Grace Fisk, Lilli Maple, Ciara Sherwood, Fliss Gibbons (sub Leanne Cowan 60mins), Danielle Carlton, Francesca Ali, Rinsola Babajide. Subs not used: Lottie Ivison, Anna Williams, Chan Mackie, Otesha Charles.
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Marta Corredera (sub Vyan Simpson 72mins), Jemma Rose, Casey Stoney, Emma Mitchell, Dominique Janssen, Georgia Allen, Vicky Losada (sub Jordan Nobbs 64mins), Danielle Carter, Chloe Kelly (sub Evie Clarke 72mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Natalia de Pablos Sanchion, Carla Humphrey, Hollie Augustus, Jade Bailey.
(Report by www.arsenal.com)
Chelsea 8 (Banusic 16,23,35, Rafferty 31, Ayane 55,60,64,67) London Bees 0
Chelsea convincingly booked a quarter-final place in this season's Continental Tyres Cup with a big home win in the final group stage game at Staines.
There was an early warning for London Bees, who lost 13-0 to Chelsea in a game in this competition a year ago, when Ana Borges placed a ball through for Jodie Brett to chase but it bounced through to the keeper. Marija Banusic, on her sixth start of the season as part of a two-pronged attack with Atlanta Primus, then battled to make something from loose control in the Bees defence before the first clear chance of the game came. Found onside by a long pass from the left, Laura Coombs steadied herself but hit a diagonal shot just wide.
Two Banusic shots were saved in the space of a minute but there was a brief threat from the opposition when with the Bees' first real attack, Emma Whitter poked a shot not too far wide. Another Banusic shot was saved and Hannah Blundell, operating as a left wing back, fired wide.
Coombs continued to cause the Bees problems with her runs from midfield behind the defence and it was clear Chelsea were trying to expose their opponents for pace with early balls forward. It was a tactic that paid dividends with 15 minutes on the clock. Drew Spence was the player with the long delivery out wide that found Borges in acres on the right. With time to look up and aim, the Portuguese wide player delivered the ball perfectly for Banusic to find the net with a firm strike at the far post.
The half was at the midway point when a close copy of the opening goal made it 2-0, the main difference being Banusic heading in Borges's higher delivery. Spence could have added a third goal from the same source but headed at the keeper.
When an enterprising run from the back by Anne Meiwald won a free kick, a Banusic hat-trick was on the cards. The keeper saved the powerful free kick but it was a very short reprieve as Laura Rafferty was on hand to score from the rebound.
Banusic did not have to wait long for her third goal and Chelsea's fourth. London Bees dithered when the chance was there to clear their box and the striker smashed the loose ball home.
There had been little asked of the Chelsea back three and keeper in the opening half but Jenna Legg stopped one attack with an excellently timed tackle, and Marie Hourihan grabbed a shot well from under her bar when they were called into duty. Brett came close to adding a fifth before the break with a lob that was caught by a falling Sophie Harris just before it dropped in.
London Bees enjoyed their best spell of the game at the start of the second-half, including a header from a corner that was deflected onto the bar. Chelsea had switched things around at the break with the wing backs swapping flanks and Banusic back in midfield since the introduction of Rosella Ayane up front for her second game of the season. The 19-year-old soon had her first goal of the campaign too, a neat finish on the run from just inside the area.
Ayane put Chelsea 6-0 ahead only five minutes later, this time found running clear down the left-hand channel and scoring with an equally confident low strike.
The goals kept coming for the young striker who was scoring with almost every touch. Another player benefitting from early service, her hat-trick was secured from close range and she fired Chelsea 8-0 ahead with a 20-yarder that went in off the bar.
A Blundell 25-yarder that deflected wide off a defender and Ayane chipping a shot not too far wide kept the pressure on in the closing minutes. The final chance fell to Brett who shot just wide. A young Chelsea side, with Lauren Pickett and Ocean Ronaldsen given a first chance during the second half, had thoroughly merited such a convincing scoreline.
Chelsea: Marie Hourihan, Ana Borges, Jenna Legg, Laura Rafferty, Hannah Blundell, Jodie Brett, Laura Coombs, Drew Spence (sub Rosella Ayane 45mins), Anne Meiwald, Marija Banusic (sub Ocean Rolandson 66mins), Atlanta Primus (sub Lauren Pickett 63mins). Subs not used: Fran Kitching, Gilly Flaherty.
London Bees: Sophie Harris, Billie Brooks, Jade Dempster, Aoife Hurley, Katherine Huggins, Rebecca Anderson, Paige Wakefield, Paula Howells (sub Kara Howes 58mins), Ashleigh Goddard (sub Andria Georgiou 66mins), Gemma Fraser, Emma Whitter (sub Sydney Hinchcliffe 61mins). Subs not used: Immy Riches, Leigh Nicol, Sam Miller, Beth Davies.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Manchester City 2 (Duggan 15, Christiansen 71) Liverpool 0
Manchester City clinched top spot in Group Two of the Continental Tyres Cup with victory in the clash between the two teams who had sported 100% records.
City's best early chances came from a Steph Houghton header and a speculative effort from midfielder Krystle Johnson. But the hosts' attacking persistence paid off on 15 minutes as Nikita Parris seized upon an error from Satara Murray, and was then fouled by the Liverpool defender to win a penalty. Duggan stepped up to calmly convert from the penalty spot for her ninth goal of the season in all competitions.
Liverpool did enjoy some attacking threat in the first period, with Hannah Dale firing wide before Natasha Dowie was denied by an excellent Lucy Bronze tackle.
The half ended on a muted note following injuries to Bronze and Liverpool's Becky Easton and the second half started with England striker Duggan being forced off with a suspected injury.
But the hosts didn't let it affect them and soon doubled their advantage through Christiansen on 71 minutes. The forward, who scored the only goal as City beat Arsenal in the 2014 WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final, capitalised on a defensive mix-up to seal the victory from close range.
Despite the result, Liverpool also progress to the last eight stage in second place.
Manchester City: Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze (sub Abbie McManus 38mins), Jennifer Beattie, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Krystle Johnson, Jill Scott, Isobel Christiansen, Toni Duggan (sub Natasha Flint 52mins), Nikita Parris. Subs not used: Alex Brooks, Emma Lipman, Georgia Broughman, Kathleen Radtke.
Liverpool: Libby Stout, Ingrid Ryland, Gemma Bonner, Satara Murray, Majumi Pacheco, Becky Easton (sub Katrin Omarsdottir 40mins), Line Smorsgard (sub Ashley Hodson 69mins), Hannah Dale (sub Katie Zelem 60mins), Lucy Staniforth, Rosie White, Natasha Dowie. Subs not used: Rachel Darbyshire, Matha Harris, Mollie Green.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Notts County 5 (White 30,88, Greenwood 44, Williams 55, Plumptre 70) Yeovil Town 0
Notts County hit five goals for the second game in succession as they finished top of Group Three in the Continental Tyres Cup.
England's Ellen White scored twice at Meadow Lane and there were also goals for Alex Greenwood, Rachel Williams and Ashleigh Plumptre as the Lady Pies continued their 100 per cent start in the FA WSL Continental Cup.
Yeovil could have actually taken the lead when Alys Hinchcliffe poked narrowly wide but it wasn't long before the goals started to arrive. White slotted home on the half an hour mark and Greenwood then found the bottom corner.
Williams added their third from the edge of the box in the second half and Plumptre scored her first goal for the club, before White finished off the scoring by turning in Jess Clarke's cross.
Notts County: Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Greenwood (sub Laura-Jayne O'Neill 68mins), Fern Whelan (sub Laura Bassett 63mins), Leanne Crichton, Dani Buet (sub Sophie Walton 80mins), Amy Turner, Jess Clarke, Ashleigh Plumptre, Aileen Whelan, Rachel Williams, Ellen White. Subs not used: Carly Telford, Desiree Scott, Alice Hassall.
Yeovil Town: Alice Evans (sub Charlotte Haynes 78mins), Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Ellie Curson, Shauna Cossens, Ann Marie Heatherson, Sammy Quayle (sub Natasha Knapman 45mins), Alys Hinchcliffe (sub Emily Donovan 58mins), Sarah Wiltshire. Sub not used: Stephanie Williams.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Watford 1 (Donnelly 26) Reading FC Women 3 (Walkley 3, Bragg 9, Follis 49)
Reading's leading scorer Emma Follis struck her 13th goal of the season as the Royals booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup with a 3-1 win at Watford.
Reading took the lead in just the third minute when Laura May Walkley got in front of Watford goalkeeper Deger Zekai to stab in Rebecca Jane's cross from close range.
The Royals doubled their lead after ten minutes when Bianca Bragg swept into the net after the hosts had failed to properly clear Lois Roche's corner.
But Watford were to halve the deficit when Stacie Donnelly took advantage of some hesitant defending from Grace Gillard's long throw to prod a shot past Grace Moloney.
The Golden Girls then missed a golden opportunity to draw level a minute into the second half when Harriett Scott was penalised for handball, only for Emily Heaslip to blaze her penalty over. Follis soon made her pay as she got on the end of Charlie Estcourt's through ball to restore her side's two-goal advantage but the visitors were to have Roche sent off late on for a second yellow card.
Watford: Deger Zekai, Nicole Pepper, Leighanne Robe, Mollie Burgess, Grace Gillard (sub Amber Tullett 45mins), Phoebe Read (sub Dawn Mallett 76mins), Emily Heaslip, Kim Farrow, Stacie Donnelly, Adekite Fatuga-Dada (sub Megan Wynne 62mins), Anneka Nuttall. Subs not used: Josie Green, Tricia Gould, Ellie Mason, Poppy Jones.
Reading FC Women: Grace Moloney, Rebecca Jane, Kirsty McGee (sub Eloise Wilson 70mins), Nia Jones, Harriet Scott, Lois Roche, Emma Follis (sub Melissa Fletcher 83mins), Charlie Estcourt, Laura May Walkley (sub Rachel Rowe 58mins), Nikki Watts, Bianca Bragg. Subs not used: Georgie Giddings, Helen Ward, Chloe Sansom.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Sunderland 2 (Joice 47, McFadden 90) Doncaster Rovers Belles 3 (Roberts 29, England 63, Sweetman-Kirk 80)
The Belles became the first FA WSL 2 side to beat higher division opposition in the Continental Tyres Cup as they defeated Sunderland at The Hetton Centre.
Whilst Glen Harris's side exited the competition due to superior goal differences in other groups, they can gain a lot from a victory over the Lady Black Cats, who sit second in FA WSL 1.
It was the visitors who started on the front foot, with Bethany England having the first chance after only three minutes. After a good passing move, the forward found space on the edge of the area but could only fire straight at the goalkeeper.
After an end-to-end opening, Sunderland began to show their class and almost took the lead through Abbie Holmes. The full-back found herself with a sight of goal after a slick move, but saw her effort stopped by Nicola Hobbs.
Half an hour in, and the Belles took the lead. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was set free down the right and her cross was slid in at the far post by Emily Roberts, who made enough of a connection to find the back of the net.
Moments later it could have been two. Sweetman-Kirk again played tormentor-in-chief as she got to the byline, and her chipped cross was met by England. She, however, was closely guarded by two defenders and could only steer her header over the bar from close range.
Emily Simpkins thought she had extended the Belles' lead ten minutes before the break. Sweetman-Kirk seized on a back pass from Steph Bannon and teed up the midfielder who tapped home. The celebrations were cut short, though, as the linesman raised his flag, much to the confusion of the Belles' bench.
Sunderland had one major chance to equalise before the break, as Stephanie Roche found herself through on goal. The Irish international's effort was kept out well by the legs of Hobbs, and ensured that the Belles stayed ahead at half time.
This proved to only be a temporary reprieve, however, as two minutes into the second half Sunderland were level. FA WSL 1 top scorer Beth Mead got to the goal line and her cut back was emphatically driven home by Abbey Joice from six yards out.
Carlton Fairweather's side were quick out the blocks after the break and looked to take control of the game. The Belles remained resilient at the back and owed a lot to goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs who was in fine form to deny Sunderland on numerous occasions.
Sweetman-Kirk was keen to get in on the scoring act, and she thought she had given the Belles the lead again on 57 minutes. A deep cross found her in space at the back post, but her header was saved at point blank range by Hilde Olsen who, similar to her opposite number, was having a good day between the sticks.
The game was still end-to-end with chances flowing freely. Just after the hour, Sunderland substitute Keira Ramshaw broke through on goal and, after her effort evaded Hobbs' fingertips, Leandra Little came across and cleared off the line.
Little's defensive interception was made more important moments later, with the Belles regained the lead. After a quick break England found herself through on goal and, despite vocal appeals for offside from the locals, she fired past Olsen from the edge of the area.
With both sides still having a slim chance of progression, Sunderland were keen to win and qualify for the quarter finals. They pushed forward after falling behind, with Mead seeing an effort saved by Hobbs before defender Gemma Wilson flashed a header narrowly wide of the far post from a corner minutes later.
They would come to rue these missed chances when the Belles added a third with ten minutes remaining. After she forced her way into the area, her first effort was parried by Olsen before she tucked the rebound away to bag her 23rd goal of the season.
The Lady Black Cats were still keen to reduce the margin of defeat, with Mead again at the centre of the action. She went through one-on-one, but Hobbs triumphed again as she pushed the effort wide. There was to be a consolation goal though, as Sarah McFadden headed home a cross deep into injury time, but it was too little too late as the Belles hung on to claim a massive victory.
Sunderland: Hilde Olsen, Abby Holmes, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Vicky Greenwell, Abbey Joice, Rachel Furness (sub Sarah McFadden 82mins), Emma Kelly (sub Keira Ramshaw 43mins), Brooke Chaplen, Stephanie Roche (sub Kelly McDougall 69mins), Beth Mead. Subs not used: Rachael Laws, Tori Williams, Megan Beer.
Doncaster Rovers Belles: Nicola Hobbs, Sophie Barker, Leandra Little, Rhiannon Roberts, Hope Knight, Bethany England, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Emily Simpkins, Kasia Lipka (sub Samantha Tierney 90mins), Emily Roberts (sub Sophie Stamp 65mins), Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. Subs not used: Nicole Dale, Sophie Stamp, Lauren Cresswell, Sue Smith.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Durham Women 0 Everton 2 (K.Jones 62, Johnson 90)
Everton claimed their second win over Durham Women in a week with a 2-0 victory in the Continental Cup on Sunday afternoon.
Everton started the game brightly, controlling possession and getting forward at pace. Jess King attempted to pick out Kelly Jones with a reverse pass, but Durham goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse was out quickly to smother the danger.
Interim Everton manager Nicola Anderson was forced into an early change in the 6th minute when Megan Finnigan couldn't run off an ankle injury and she was replaced by Millie Turner.
As the first half progressed, the game started to open up more with Everton creating chances by the minute. King and Claudia Walker were unlucky not to get a touch on Vicky Jones' cross before Michelle Hinnigan fired narrowly wide after a flowing move.
Durham created their first real chance of the game in the 30th minute as Beth Hepple broke through the defence but couldn't find a way past Kirstie Levell, who pulled off an impressive save to keep the scores level.
The home side then went even closer to grabbing the opening goal of the game as Nicki Gears burst into the box before seeing her low shot bounce clear off the post. Jess White was lurking in the six yard area but couldn't get a clean contact on the ball and sent it out for a goal kick from close range.
The Blue Girls came firing out of the blocks for the second half and created a half chance within a minute of the restart. Emily Hollinshead attacked the goal line and cut the ball back for Kelly Jones, who couldn't get her first time shot on target.
Everton continued to apply the pressure on the home side's defence and came close again in the 49th minute through Emily Hollinshead. The Welsh forward created room for herself on the edge of the area before firing a ferocious shot towards goal, forcing Anna Moorhouse to tip it onto the post.
Kirstie Levell, a spectator for most of the game, was called into action midway through the first half as she made a save down low to her left to prevent Natalie Gutteridge's free kick hitting the back of the net.
The deadlock was finally broken in the 62nd minute as the Blue Girls got a deserved goal through Kelly Jones, as she smashed an effort into the top corner following a flowing Everton move for her third goal in two games against Durham.
With twenty minutes to go, Millie Turner was forced off with an ankle injury to leave Everton to play the remainder of the game with ten players after making all three substitutions prior to the midfielder's knock.
The reduced numbers didn't affect the Blue Girls though as they launched a counter attack soon after through Jess King. She went on a mazy 30-yard run before firing narrowly past the outside of Moorhouse's right hand post.
Durham were close to equalising as the clock ticked into the 81st minute, but captain Michelle Hinnigan was aware to the danger to back pedal and clear Meg Lawson's curling effort off the line.
The three points were secured in added time at the end of the second half as Lindsay Johnson rose above her marker to send a looping header over Moorhouse and into the back of the net to ensure it was a happy bus journey home for the Blue Girls.
Durham Women: Anna Moorhouse, Lauren Jordinson, Sarah Wilson (sub Meg Lawson 69mins), Julie Nelson, Jordan Atkinson, Chloe Macek, Beth Hepple, Natalie Gutteridge, Nicki Gears, Amelia Pereira, Jess White (sub Erin Kelley 66mins). Subs not used: Helen Alderson, Gaby Banks.
Everton: Kirstie Levell, Vicky Jones, Ellie Stewart (sub Paige Williams 66mins), Lindsay Johnson, Gabrielle George, Michelle Hinnigan, Megan Finnigan (sub Millie Turner 6mins), Kelly Jones, Emily Hollinshead, Jess King, Claudia Walker (sub Danielle Turner 63mins). Sub not used: Megan Walsh.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Oxford Utd 1 (Chivers 83) Aston Villa 3 (Merrick 45,62, West 85)
Oxford's FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup campaign came to a close with a disappointing 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in Group Three.
A double from Bethan Merrick put the away side two goals in front, despite a relatively even opening hour. Amy Chivers pulled on back late in the game with an excellent headed effort, but Amy West struck a third time to give the away side the points.
A threadbare United made four changes to the side which were narrowly beaten 3-2 at Bristol Academy on Thursday evening, with goalkeeper Demi Lambourne dropping to the bench in place of Hannah Cox, Amy Chivers coming in at right back for Sahara Osborne-Ricketts and Holly Pickett and Ella Franklin-Fraiture returning to the U's midfield, replacing Lindsay Pinker and Katie Stanley.
Neither side were able to create many openings of note in a scrappy opening period, as both teams struggled to come to terms with the slippery pitch at Northcourt Road. Lauren Allison had a good chance to put United ahead in the fourth minute, heading narrowly wide from close range, but that was close as the U's would come in the opening stages.
Bethan Merrick did well to evade makeshift left back Kat Nutman and latch onto a lofted ball over the top, but after cutting inside she was unable to direct her effort on target and sliced it well wide of the upright.
Helen King was unlucky not to edge Oxford into the lead shortly after when she found herself in space at the back post from a United corner. However, she was unable to react in time as the ball rebounded off her knee to be scrambled off the line by the Villa defence, with Nutman's follow-up being deflected wide. Allison went close again for the U's, after she and Destiney Toussaint both got the wrong side of the Villa defence, the former trapping a dangerous ball over into the path of the latter, who shot narrowly wide.
But United were unable to keep up the pressure and found themselves behind at the break in freak circumstances. The away side were awarded a free kick 20 yards from goal and Merrick's tame shot should have caused goalkeeper Hannah Cox few problems. But the slippery ball squirmed out of Cox's grasp and trickled over the line to put Aston Villa in front right on the stroke of half time.
The U's came out for the second half positively and immediately set about finding a route back into the match. Toussaint could have brought Oxford back onto level terms, seizing on a defensive error from Hannah George to race away, but saw her shot deflected wide.
But just after the hour mark they were undone for a second time, again from a corner. Merrick's hopeful effort from the right wing again slipped through Cox's fingers to double the visitors' lead.
The visitors were then very much on top, with Mollie Rouse spurning three golden opportunities to kill the game off. First she fired well over after racing away, then rounding the keeper a few minutes later before somehow sending her effort wide with the goal gaping. Finally, Rouse blazed an effort over the bar from the six yard line after finding herself in acres of space at the back post.
They were made to pay just moments later, as United pulled one back. Amy Chivers leapt athletically under pressure from two Villa defenders to powerfully head home Katie Stanley's corner and give the hosts a lifeline.
But no sooner had hopes of a comeback been kindled, they were cruelly extinguished when Amy West slotted home from the edge of the area after spotting Cox off her line, putting the final seal on United's involvement in the Continental Cup for another year.
Oxford Utd: Hannah Cox, Nicole Barrett, Amy Chivers, Rosie Lane, Katherine Nutman, Lauren Allison, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Rebecca Dandridge (sub Isi Meade 45mins), Helen King, Holly Pickett (sub Katie Stanley 73mins), Destiney Toussaint. Sub not used: Demi Lambourne.
Aston Villa: Caitlin Leach, Maddy Cusack, Jade Richards, Lauren Haynes, Hannah George, Bethan Merrick, Sherry McCue, Alicia Robinson, Georgia Griffiths (sub Abbey Leigh Stringer 45mins), Amy West, Mollie Rouse. Subs not used: Hayley Crackle, Katy Morgan, Emily Owen, Elisha N'Dow, Jess Myers, Laura Cooper.
(Report by www.fawsl.com)
Bristol Academy 0 Birmingham City 2 (Haines 14, Potter 81)
Birmingham City eased into the quarter finals of the Continental Tyres Cup with a comfortable victory at Stoke Gifford, whilst Bristol Academy must wait and see if their place in the knockout stages is confirmed.
With next week's crucial WSL 1 battle in mind, both sides took the opportunity to rest key players in the final group match but it was Birmingham who looked the stronger from the start and nearly took the lead in the fourth minute when a corner was cleared as far as Jo Potter whose 20-yard strike rattled against the bar.
Freda Ayisi then wriggled past two defenders on her way to goal before being denied by an excellent point blank save from Hannah Reid but the Blues' enterprising start brought its reward on 14 minutes, albeit with a slight element of fortune. Coral Haines picked the ball up just inside the area and fired a shot which took a deflection of an Academy defender and past a wrong footed Reid for the opening goal.
Reid was called into action again as she needed to claw away a dangerous Ayisi cross at the far post under pressure from Karen Carney and shortly afterwards, Ayisi dragged a shot wide when well placed in the area.
Ayisi was looking sharp going forward and was to have another chance when Carney intercepted a poor pass and slid the ball through to her but once again Reid came to the rescue with another important save. Charlie Wellings then thought she had put Birmingham further in front with a good left foot finish but an offside flag had been raised.
The visitors had dominated matters during the first half and Academy had threatened little going forward, apart from one scare for Birmingham when Sophie Baggaley was momentarily dispossessed by Evdokia Popadinova. Nadia Lawrence hooked a shot narrowly wide following a scramble from a corner but it was a rare moment of opportunity for the hosts before the break.
Academy made a double substitution at half time to give them greater impetus going forward but Birmingham were unlucky not to go two goals ahead three minutes after the restart. Potter's free kick into the area picked out Kerys Harrop who took a touch before her shot came back off the post.
The home side were much more competitive in the second half but found it difficult to break down a first choice Birmingham defence. Angharad James had a twice taken free kick saved and Baggaley need to hold long range efforts from Sharla Passairello and Georgia Evans above her head.
The game was sewn up with nine minutes remaining when Potter swung in a free kick from the right which went in at the far post. Aoife Mannion was credited with the goal as she appeared to bundle it in at the far post - however the defender confirmed after the game that she had not touched the ball and it was Potter's goal.
Wellings was to go close late on as she chased down a long ball forward and drilled a low shot inches wide. Birmingham had taken the spoils but both sides will be viewing next week's relegation battle as the important clash.
Bristol Academy: Hannah Reid, Frankie Brown, Lauren Townsend (sub Loren Dykes 45mins), Georgia Evans, Hannah Short, Angharad James, Nadia Lawrence (sub Christie Murray 80mins), Hayley Ladd, Evdokia Popadinova, Tatiana Pinto, Gabriella Bird (sub Sharla Passariello 45mins). Subs not used: Mary Earps, Jade Boho-Sayo, Sophie Ingle, Marije Brummel.
Birmingham City: Sophie Baggaley, Alex Windell, Jess Carter, Chloe Peplow (sub Remi Allen 77mins), Aoife Mannion, Kerys Harrop (sub Meaghan Sargeant 62mins), Freda Ayisi, Coral Haines, Charlie Wellings, Karen Carney (sub Kirsty Linnett 62mins), Jo Potter. Subs not used: Melissa Lawley, Cheryl Edwards, Ashley Brown.
(top) Alex Windell is challenged by Gabriella Bird
(middle) Jo Potter fires a shot narrowly wide
(bottom) Hannah Reid makes a good save from Freda Ayisi
Women's football returns to Leyton Orient this season - and the team has set their sights on promotion.
A new Leyton Orient WFC will compete this season in the London & South East Regional League Premier Division, the third tier of the women's football pyramid. The development comes after Orient and KIKK United agreed that KIKK would be re-branded and represent the Os.
"We are very pleased to be able to help promote the further development of women's and girls' football and we hope to establish Orient as a force in the women's game as well as the men's," said Leyton Orient Chief Executive Alessandro Angelieri.
"The new Leyton Orient WFC will provide an avenue for female footballers to play at an elite level and have the opportunity to represent Orient and pull on the famous red shirts."
Orient WFC manager, Chris Brayford, believes that the link up will allow the team to compete at the highest levels of the game.
"We have a great history as KIKK United but this is a fantastic step forward; we are all very keen to be a part of the Orient family and we are extremely grateful for the support from Leyton Orient football club and the Community Trust," he said.
"We want to reciprocate that support, in particular by achieving our immediate goal of promotion to the FA Women's Premier League."
The initiative represents a chance to return home for some of the club's players who came through the old Leyton Orient girls' academy. These include Lizzie Tucker (ex-England U-18s), Lydia Cooper, Connie Montiel-McCann and Jasmine Campbell.
The Leyton Orient WFC league season started last Sunday, August 23 with a 1-0 victory over Fulham FC Foundation, with a goal from Danielle Griffiths. Their next game is at home on Sunday 30th August against AFC Wimbledon, followed by an away tie versus AFC Dunstable in the SSE Women's FA Cup on 6th September. All home matches are 2pm kick offs at Mile End Stadium and the club's fixture list can be found on the FA's Full Time system. Orient fans will also be able to follow the progress of the team via the club's media outlets.
If you are interested in playing for, or working with, Leyton Orient WFC (or for further information) please contact the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo - Orient's Lizzie Tucker (pictured before training this week in her Leyton Orient Girls' Centre of Excellence jacket).
Célia Šašić was yesterday named the UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe ahead of French midfielder Amandine Henry and German play maker Dzsenifer Marozsán.
Šašić finished an incredible season as top goalscorer in the Frauen Bundesliga, UEFA Women's Champions League and the World Cup as well as lifting the UEFA Women's Champions League with her Frankfurt team mates.
Sadly for women's football, Šašić announced her retirement after the World Cup this summer and without doubt leaves the sport at the very, very top.
On receiving her award, she spoke of 'no regrets' about retiring after an 'incredible 11 years in the game', but now feels the time is right to step back. Married to Croatian football player Marko Šašić, like many women her age, she has choices to make about family and other areas of her life and has spoken about being able to focus on other things such as a professional career.
Please Link To Us
|Total page reads:|