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Birmingham City began their defence of the F.A.Women's Cup with a 3-1 victory away to Cardiff City Ladies, which takes them into the quarter finals.
However the South Wales side acquitted themselves well on the day and the scores were level at 1-1 at half time, before the Blues went on to take the game courtesy of a Rachel Williams hat-trick.
There was not such good news though for last season's runners-up Chelsea as they were beaten 1-0 by Lincoln Ladies at Sincil Bank. The first half was evenly contested in difficult conditions with chances at both ends but the deadlock was not broken until the 57th minute, when a Sophie Bradley shot was deflected and Jess Clarke reacted quickest to head home past Nicola Davies. Carla Cantrell also scored a second when her long range effort was touched onto the bar by Davies but at the other end, it needed a good late save from Karen Bardsley to deny Eniola Aluko an equaliser.
The other all-FA WSL tie went the way of Bristol Academy, who defeated Doncaster Rovers Belles 2-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium. Corinne Yorston gave Academy the lead with Ann Marie Heatherson adding the second to take their side to the verge of yet another appearance in the last four.
Liverpool swept into the last eight with a 5-0 success away to Aston Villa. Fara Williams led the scoring with a hat-trick, Louise Fors netted from the penalty spot and Natasha Dowie also found the net to see the Reds home (see match report).
Sunderland are through to the quarter finals once again after beating Manchester City 4-0. Goal ace Beth Mead was on target twice with a goal in each half while Sophie Williams and captain Steph Bannon joined her on the scoresheet to cap an impressive performance from the Wearsiders.
Leeds Utd put an end to Yeovil Town's Cup run by beating them 4-0 at Farsley. Carey Huegett put Leeds ahead after six minutes and Emma Lipman double their lead just after the quarter hour. Any hopes of a Yeovil fightback were killed off midway through the second half when the in-form Huegett scored her second from the penalty spot and Hayley Sharp went on to crown the win with the fourth goal.
The other two Fifth Round ties - Oxford Utd's prestigious home match with Everton and Nottingham Forest's tie against Arsenal - were both postponed because of the weather.
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