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Keynsham Town 1 Sunderland 5
Sunderland reached the quarter finals of the F.A.Women's Cup for the third time in four seasons after proving too strong for a plucky Keynsham Town side at the Crown Field.
Hot shot striker Beth Mead scored twice to help her team to victory but the margin of victory did not reflect the efforts of the home side who remained in the game for long periods.
Sunderland started confidently and were given a great chance to go ahead with three minutes on the clock as Mead burst into the area and was brought down by Tracey Rouemaine. Kelly McDougall slotted home from the penalty spot to keep up her record of scoring in every round so far.
Before Keynsham could recover, they found themselves two down. Steph Bannon's pass released Sophie Williams out wide and her cross was laid off by Mead for Natalie Gutteridge to crash home from 25 yards.
Polly Wardle was unlucky not to reduce the arrears when her volley came back off the post but Sunderland hit back to go three ahead as the impressive Williams again broke down the left and her cross picked out Mead, the predatory 16-year-old finding space to tuck the ball home.
Ten minutes before half time, Keynsham got themselves back in the game as a loose pass from McDougall was picked up by Ashley Reinecke who played in Naomi Clipston and the Welsh striker slotted the ball past Rachael Laws to reduce the arrears.
Keynsham had their best spell of the game after the restart and Kelly Aldridge forced an early save from Laws. From the resulting corner, Reinecke's header was blocked on the line by Williams and the danger was averted.
Back came Sunderland with Gutteridge's pass putting Mead through on goal where she lobbed the oncoming Amber Thornell but was just off target. Another scramble in the area at the other end saw Laws make stops from Kayleigh Sage and Clipston, before Sage fired the rebound over.
Sunderland then took a firm grip on the game when Mead latched on to Bannon's pass down the right and cut in and although her initial shot was saved by Thornell, Mead reacted quickest to prod home the rebound for her second goal.
Keynsham did not give up with their flying wingers Wardle and Aldridge again looking lively and they almost pulled a goal back when substitute Grace Rapp produced a sweetly struck 20-yard volley which was brilliantly saved by Laws. Moments later Sunderland were back on the attack through Robyn Chidester down the right and although her angled shot was parried by Thornell, Jordan Atkinson was on hand to rifle home the rebound for the fifth goal.
Keynsham Town: Amber Thornell, Agniesza Ziolek, Candy Hopson, Louise Hutton, Tracey Rouemaine, Ashley Reinecke, Polly Wardle, Brianna Oeser, Naomi Clipston, Kayleigh Sage, Kelly Aldridge. Subs: Audrey Moore, Grace Rapp.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Becky Salicki, Nicola Devine, Becky Lee, Steph Bannon, Gemma Wilson, Keira Ramshaw, Kelly McDougall, Beth Mead, Natalie Gutteridge, Sophie Williams. Subs: Robyn Chidester, Jordan Atkinson, Sarah McFadden, Vicky Greenwell, Rachel Furness.
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