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Abi keeps Leeds top of group
 Women's Football News 5 Nov 2012
Abi keeps Leeds top of group - 5 Nov 2012 - Women's Football NewsLast season's Premier League Cup finalists, Leeds Utd and Sunderland, both booked their places in the knockout stages this time around after battling out a 2-2 draw in their group match. 
It was holders Sunderland who took the lead late in the first half when Natalie Gutteridge set up Beth Mead to score but Leeds responded quickly, Carey Huegett slotting home following a scramble in the Sunderland area. Early in the second half, Mead netted her second to put the Wearsiders back in front but just two minutes later, Leeds hit back again through a well taken goal from Abi Lee, who finished after a neat exchange of passes with Carla Cantrell. The point leaves Leeds top on goal difference in Group Six with both sides having one match to play.
Sheffield FC will have to wait and see if they progress but did their cause no harm with a 6-1 victory over Newcastle Utd. Carla Ward bagged a hat-trick for the Yorkshire side with Suzanne Davies, Lisa Giampalma and Ellie Gilliatt adding the other goals.
Cardiff City Ladies had already qualified but confirmed themselves as winners of Group One by beating Portsmouth 3-2 in a match which saw a dramatic finish. The first half ended goalless and it was Pompey who took the lead five minutes after the restart through Charley Wilson. Paige Stewart levelled on the hour and Kelly Aldridge put Cardiff ahead for the first time but an Ellie Smith own goal in injury time looked to have earned Portsmouth a share of the spoils. However there was still time for Stewart to score her second and give Cardiff victory, to leave Pompey needing to win their final match to stand a chance of qualifying.
That game will be against Yeovil Town who edged closer to a top two place when drawing 1-1 with Queen's Park Rangers. However the Glovers were minutes away from qualifying as they led through a 49th minute goal from Laura Bray but a late equaliser from the home side has left things in the balance with one game left to play.
Brighton & Hove Albion put themselves in a good position in Group Two after they defeated Gillingham 3-2. Catherine O'Hagan, Kirsty Barton and Faye Rabson netted the goals for the Seagulls with Jade Keogh and Deanna Cooper replying (see match report). The other group match between Millwall Lionesses and Charlton Athletic was postponed.
Coventry City ended their matches in Group Three with a 100% record after finishing off with a 2-0 victory over Derby County, whose own qualification is now in doubt. The damage was done in the first half with Helen Dermody opening the scoring for the Sky Blues on seven minutes and Emily Simpkins adding the second ahead of half time.
Aston Villa meanwhile took a huge step towards the knockout phase by winning 3-0 away to Leicester City. Abbey-Leigh Stringer scored twice to put Villa two goals in front at the break and Kelly Clarke wrapped up the points with the third goal, just after the hour mark.
One match was scheduled in Group Five but Tottenham Hotspur's home match with Watford unfortunately fell victim to the weather.

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