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Premier League Cup holders Sunderland are through to the semi finals once again after overcoming a dogged Cardiff City Ladies side, beating them 2-0.
In freezing conditions, Sunderland took the lead on 28 minutes when Beth Mead finished off a good move by drilling home a low shot from the edge of the area. A well organised Cardiff side acquitted themselves well with both Kelly Aldridge and Paige Stewart going close but any Sunderland nerves were calmed ten minutes from time, Mead this time turning provider by rounding goalkeeper Rhian Nokes before setting up Sophie Williams for a close range tap in.
Leeds Utd have reached the last four for the fourth time in seven years but they needed their full powers of recovery when defeating Charlton Athletic 3-2. Gemma Bryan put the Addicks in front when she latched onto a long ball and clinically finished and Charlton looked to be on their way towards the semi finals when Bryan scored a similar second goal just before the hour.
Leeds captain Clare Sykes gave her side renewed hope with a low strike to reduce the arrears and the home side got themselves back on terms when Hayley Sharp made a fine break into the area before setting up Carey Huegett to slot home. With six minutes remaining, following a Rachel Lee free kick, Huegett's shot was deflected and Emma Lipman reacted quickest to slide the ball home and complete a stunning fightback from Leeds.
Although two of the semi finalists are known, the rest of the draw is in disarray with three Round of 16 ties still to be played. The tie between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers was postponed for a third time and a new date is yet to be arranged.
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