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Erika Mole scored a late, late extra time winner as Copsewood (Coventry) reached the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup for the first time in their history with a 3-2 victory over Larkhall Athletic.
In a thrilling battle between two Combination League teams, Copsewood - still unbeaten in all competitions this season - took the lead on the half hour when Melissa Young latched on to Jodie McGuckin's through ball and fired home past Nicki O'Connell. Larkhall had started the game did well and did so in the second half as well but could not break through the Copsewood defence until ten minutes from time, when Kate German scored from close range to send the match into extra time.
Copsewood struck the first blow early on, McGuckin was again the creator as she played in Nicola Foskett to score. Larkhall then missed a penalty in their attempts to level the scores but once again they were to hit back when Carly Bryant drove home an equaliser.
Penalties were looming large but with just 20 seconds of play left on the clock, McGuckin yet again set up a chance as she got to the line and cut the ball back for Mole to fire into the top corner. There was no time for Larkhall to reply and Copsewood could celebrate one of their biggest wins in an excellent season to date.
Sunderland ran out 5-1 winners over Oxford Utd in a clash between two WSL2 sides playing their first competitive matches for nine months. In difficult conditions with a swirling wind, Sunderland took the lead on twelve minutes when Rachel Furness forced the ball home from a corner. Rebekah Bass finished off a good move to mark her Sunderland debut with a goal and double their lead but after Helen King and Lauren Allison had gone close, Oxford pulled one back when Louise Fellows slotted in at the far post from a Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts free kick. However Sunderland restored the two-goal advantage ahead of the break from another corner, this time Furness heading powerfully home.
Two minutes into the second half, Abbey Joice curled in a 25-yard shot to increase Sunderland's lead and things were made worse for Oxford when captain Osbourne-Ricketts was sent off for a second bookable offence. Beth Mead rounded off the scoring to complete the win for the Wearsiders who will have their sights set on another good Cup run.
Another WSL2 team marched into the Fourth Round as Durham Women marked their first competitive match with a 4-0 win against Chichester City.
The Wildcats took the lead in freakish circumstances when a back pass by Chichester defender Lucie Challen was picked up by the wind and beat goalkeeper Hannah McNamara to find the net. The second came just before half time, a Zoe Ness shot deflecting in off Taylor McGlashan.
Chichester came out strongly after the break with Lauren Cheshire hitting the bar with a free kick but they couldn't find a way through and Durham put the result beyond doubt with ten minutes remaining when Beth Hepple drove home a free kick. Ness added the final goal in the closing minutes to wrap up a good start for her side.
Portsmouth kept up their good Cup run with a 3-0 victory over Lewes in their South Coast derby match. Pompey took the lead in the thirteenth minute when Lucy Quinn's far post cross was volleyed in by captain Gemma Hillier. Shortly afterwards, some confusion in the Lewes back line was capitalised on by Charley Wilson who sidefooted home from close range. Portsmouth completed the scoring ten minutes before half time as Wilson set up Sarah Kempson to score with a powerful left foot strike.
Coventry City completed a good day for their area as they joined Copsewood (Coventry) in the Fourth Round after defeating Stoke City 3-1 in a well contested tie at the Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues went in front after twelve minutes when Helen Dermody scored following a good run and cross by Ashleigh Neville who then got on the scoresheet herself to double her side's lead. Natalie Brace netted the third from close range after the Stoke defence were unable to clear a Maz Gauntlett free kick and despite Chantelle Gallagher replying from the penalty spot, it proved to be a consolation for Stoke as Coventry closed the game out for victory.
Photo - Rachel Furness heads in her second goal for Sunderland against Oxford Utd (Susan Gutteridge)
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