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Dani Selmes enjoyed a great day as Wolverhampton Wanderers kept alive their chances of qualifying from Group Three of the Premier League Cup with a 4-0 victory over Preston North End.
The striker, who is having a good season, scored all four goals to give Wolves a third place finish in their group and they must wait and see if this will be enough to take them through. Selmes also hit the bar and Becky Hall also struck the woodwork twice during an assured display by Wolves.
Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City meanwhile secured the top two places in the group as they met each other and battled out a 1-1 draw. Lagan Makin scored against her former club to give Blackburn the lead on the half hour and despite Danni Young equalising after the break, Blackburn finish on top of the group with City in second.
Cardiff City Ladies are guaranteed a place in the knockout stages following their 3-1 victory over Queen's Park Rangers. Paige Stewart and Nadia Lawrence put Cardiff two ahead inside the opening twelve minutes and Ellie Isaac rounded off the scoring midway through the second half, before Kim Meadows scored a late consolation for Rangers.
Yeovil Town meanwhile did their chances of qualification from Group One a power of good by winning 2-1 against Reading FC Women. Laura Bray was the goalscoring hero for Yeovil as she netted in each half, with Reading replying through Francesca Kirby.
In Group Two, Charlton Athletic notched up their second straight win when beating Brighton & Hove Albion 5-2. The first half hour was goalless before Sinead Boyer gave the Addicks a lead which was quickly cancelled out by Kim Stenning, but Gemma Shepherd - from the penalty spot - and Kit Graham ensured that Charlton led 3-1 at the break. Lily Agg halved the deficit three minutes after the restart but Shepherd, again from the spot, and Graham completed their double to sew up victory for Charlton.
The other four teams in the group are all level on three points, now including Gillingham who won 4-2 away to Lewes.
Coventry City can look forward to the later stages after virtually confirming themselves as Group Three winners with a 3-1 success at Aston Villa. Destiney Toussaint, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Emily Simpkins were all on target for the Sky Blues with Katie Wilkinson replying.
Sporting Club Albion meanwhile kept their hopes alive by defeating Leicester City 5-1. Vicky Gallagher had given Leicester an early lead which was cancelled out by Robyn James, before Kelly Darby and James put Albion 3-1 up at half time. Louise Fellows further extended their lead and Ashleigh Neville completed the scoring with the fifth goal.
Barnet, winners of the competition two seasons ago, have belied their league form in the Cup and notched up their third straight win in Group Five when beating West Ham Utd 3-0. The Bees took the lead on eight minutes through Danielle Murphy and Zoe Lance added a second four minutes ahead of the break. Vicky Boardman wrapped up the win for Barnet midway through the second half.
Watford meanwhile boosted their chances by running out 5-0 winners over Colchester Utd. Sarah Wiltshire opened the scoring for the Golden Girls just before half time and Jo Wilson made it 2-0 with an overhead kick. Wiltshire and Wilson each completed their doubles and Bonnie Horwood netted the fifth goal late on.
Holders Sunderland joined Leeds Utd at the top of Group Six with a 3-1 local derby victory against Newcastle Utd. Sunderland captain Steph Bannon twice scored from set pieces and Sophie Williams fired home the third ahead of half time. Kelly McDougall was unable to take a chance to extend their lead when she missed a penalty and Newcastle salvaged a goal in the second half through Molly Collinson.
Sheffield FC put a dent in the hopes of Nottingham Forest as they beat them 2-0. Carla Ward gave Sheffield the lead and Jodie Michalska wrapped up the win with the second goal.
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