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Despite the fact that a number of teams were playing their first competitive matches of the season, there were no surprises in the First Round of the Premier League Cup.
Crystal Palace were the team which came closest to knocking out higher league opposition, taking Doncaster Rovers Belles all the way to the later stages until goals in the last six minutes from Sophie Hopper and Sarah Owen took the Belles into the last sixteen.
Birmingham City emerged as 4-1 winners over Aston Villa in the Midlands derby match. Villa did take an early lead through Carly Davies but Katy Ward and Dani Bird put the Blues ahead by half time, with Laura Bassett and Bird adding further goals in the second half.
Chelsea opened up their season with a 9-1 victory away to Crewe Alexandra. Sian Larkin, Laura Cooper and Dunia Susi all netted early goals with Casey Stoney and Jess Smith also scoring before half time. Una Harking pulled a goal back from Crewe but further strikes from Danielle Buet (2), Sophie Perry and Eniola Aluko completed the scoring.
Kelly McDougall scored a hat-trick as Everton netted six without reply against Barnet. Emily Westwood weighed in with a double and Rachel Unitt was also on target.
Blackburn Rovers were another side to notch up a large victory, 8-0 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Stacey Daniel led the scoring with a four-goal haul, and there was a goal apiece from Levi Penny, Katie Williams, Katie Anderton and Caroline Dixon.
Watford defeated Manchester City 4-0, thanks to two goals in each half. Lisa Burrows and Ashlee Hincks put them two ahead at half time, before further strikes from Emma Thomas and Helen Lander killed off City's challenge.
Bristol Academy ensured that the long trip home from Newcastle Utd was a happy one after they ran out 3-0 winners. Kerry Bartlett and Gwennan Harries gave Academy a two goal lead by half time and Abbie Britton added a third after the break.
Only one of the matches went all the way to extra time, at Rotherham Utd where visitors Portsmouth eventually won 6-3. Zoe Nash's early goal for Pompey was quickly cancelled out by Suzanne Davies and Katie Hanson put Rotherham ahead on the stroke of half time. Nash levelled matters again after the break and Molly Clark gave Pompey the lead but Davies scored her second to send the match into extra time. Lizzie Laws, Clark and Gemma Hillier all netted in the first period to see Portsmouth book their place in the Second Round.
Colchester Utd won their first ever Premier League Cup tie, 4-2 against Tranmere Rovers. Kate Hooley's early goal was cancelled out by Helen Bass just before the interval, Annabelle Pryce put Tranmere back in front but Bass went on to complete a hat-trick for the U's, Sinead Redford adding the other goal.
Newquay are also through to the last sixteen for the first time but they had to withstand a late scare against Keynsham Town. Leanne Lapham gave Newquay an early lead against her old club with Carly Hopson adding a second, Dawna Dennett and Lisa Hegarty adding further goals before Keynsham fought back in the last fifteen minutes, Andreea Alexandru (2) and Mimi Pavlovic reducing the deficit but Newquay held on to win 4-3.
A seven-goal second half blitz saw West Ham Utd to a 9-0 victory at Reading Royals. Danielle Hoy and Natalie Crinean gave the Hammers a two-goal lead at the break, before Katy Ling scored a second half hat-trick, Crinean went on to complete her treble and Florence Amess weighed in with a brace.
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