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A late extra time goal saw Liverpool overcome a scare before finally beating Colchester Utd 3-2 in the Second Round of the Premier League Cup.
Colchester, only playing their second match in the competition, took a first half lead through leading scorer Helen Bass but Liverpool looked to have turned the game around early in the second half as Jade Thomas and Chantelle Parry put them in front. However, the U's fought back again and sent the match into extra time via a late goal from Toni Smith. The game appeared to be heading for penalties but, with two minutes remaining, midfielder Gill Hart sent Liverpool into the quarter finals with the winning goal.
The top two in the National Division table met head on and it was second placed Blackburn Rovers who knocked out leaders Bristol Academy. Lynda Shepherd netted in the first half for Blackburn with Katie Anderton doubling their lead after the break, Nicky Watts pulled a goal back for Academy but Blackburn held on to win 2-1.
Watford produced arguably the result of the day in beating Doncaster Rovers Belles 3-2. The Belles went ahead through a penalty from VIcky Exley but Ashlee Hincks levelled before the break and Helen Lander's second half double proved to be enough to send Watford into the last eight for the first time, despite a late second goal from Exley.
Chelsea came through a potentially tricky tie with a 5-1 victory over Northern Division high fliers Lincoln City. Ellen White and Claire Rafferty both scored early goals for Chelsea and although Jodie Snelson replied for the Lady Imps, White scored her second before half time and goals after the interval from Eniola Aluko and Katie Owen wrapped up the win.
Birmingham City were another side to successfully avoid a possible upset by beating Southern Division leaders Portsmouth 3-0. A Michelle Archer goal just before the interval proved to be a pivotal moment in the match and the Blues went on to score further goals through Laura Bassett and Bonnie Horwood.
The game of the day may well have been at Preston North End where the home side were edged out 4-3 by fellow Northern Division side Sunderland. Sarah McCrea gave Preston a tenth minute lead which was levelled in the second half by Sarah Danby. Fiona Dransfield immediately put Preston back in front but Sunderland hit back with Jess Clarke and Danby sending them ahead for the first time. McCrea squared the match once again with her second goal but Sunderland were to have the final say, Danby clinching the match late on by completing her hat-trick.
Photo - Claire Rafferty rounds goalkeeper Kay Hawke to score Chelsea's second goal against
Lincoln City (www.jamesprickett.co.uk)
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