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A late goal took Liverpool through to the semi finals of the F.A.Women's Cup for the second time in three years as they won 2-1 away to Sunderland.
The Reds were given a very hard match by the Premier League Champions despite taking a seventh minute lead through a well struck 20-yard drive from Lillie Billson. Keira Ramshaw went close at the other end but Billson was denied a second goal by a fine save from Rachael Laws.
Sunderland started well in the second half with Steph Bannon's free kick being touched on to the post by Sarah Quantrill but they were back on level terms in the 57th minute. A shot from Sophie Williams was parried by Quantrill and Beth Mead was on hand to bundle the rebound home for the equaliser. Both sides went close to going in front, Mead hitting the post for the Wearsiders while at the other end, Laws saved well from Natasha Dowie and Fara Williams' shot was cleared off the line by Megan Beer.
However with four minutes remaining, Liverpool settled matters in their favour when Katrin Omarsdottir forced the ball home from close range. Sunderland protested that Dowie had handled the ball during the build up but the goal was allowed to stand and Liverpool saw the game out to move within one step of their first Final appearance since 1996.
Also through to the last four are Lincoln Ladies, for only the second time in their history as they defeated Leeds Utd 4-0 to end the Premier League's last remaining hope in the competition.
Precious Hamilton opened the scoring for the Lady Imps on the quarter hour and she doubled their lead with her second goal, three minutes before half time. Leeds battled to keep themselves in the game but the result was put beyond doubt when former Leeds midfielder Remi Allen scored from the penalty spot and with seven minutes left, Carla Cantrell - who played for Leeds during the winter months this season - rounded off the scoring.
Whilst Liverpool and Lincoln were making progress into the semi finals, the Fifth Round was finally completed with Arsenal running out 7-0 winners away to Nottingham Forest.
After returning from their UEFA Women's Champions League victory in Italy during the week, the Gunners showed no signs of fatigue as they netted six times in the first half through Danielle Carter, Jennifer Beattie, Jayne Ludlow, Ellen White, Jordan Nobbs and Steph Houghton. Arsenal added one more goal in the second half, Carter scoring her second shortly before the final whistle to round off the victory.
Arsenal now face a mouthwatering quarter final tie at home to Cup holders Birmingham City, the date of which is to be confirmed due to the Gunners' Champions League semi final commitments.
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