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Sheffield start defence with victory
 Women's Football News 2 Sep 2014
 
Sheffield start defence with victory - 2 Sep 2014 - Women's Football NewsSheffield FC began their defence of the Premier League Cup with a 5-1 victory away to Rotherham Utd in the Determining Round. 
 
Ellie Gilliatt opened the scoring for Sheffield just before the half hour and Suzanne Davies added the second from the penalty spot ahead of the interval. In the second half, Jodie Michalska bagged a brace and Lynn Goodman also found the net to wrap up the scoring.
 
Cardiff City Ladies, beaten finalists last season, also had a safe passage through as they scored six without reply past St Nicholas. Kelly Aldridge netted twice for the South Wales side and she was joined on the scoresheet by Cori Williams, Zoe Atkins, Lauren Townsend and Kelly Isaac.
 
Mossley Hill produced arguably the result of the round, beating Northern Division side Preston North End 2-1. Carla Lee and Shelley James were on target to give the Merseysiders a fine win against a team which reached the semi finals last time around.
 
Nottingham Forest were taken all the way to extra time by a determined Leicester City Ladies side and with just eight minutes left, Forest captain Kelly Kennaugh scored to give her side a 1-0 win. Wolverhampton Wanderers needed to come from behind to beat Radcliffe Olympic 2-1 after extra time. Danielle Salter gave Radcliffe the lead with Abi Hinton equalising, before an own goal during the extra period saw Wolves go through.
 
Queen's Park Rangers had to hold their nerve and come through a penalty shootout at the expense of Chichester City. Natalie Adams gave Rangers an early lead which was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by Remi Crawley, and neither side could find a further breakthrough in a tightly fought encounter. Kasha Petit, Sophie Fogarty, Lauren May and Laura Cooper all successfully found the net to give Rangers a 4-2 victory on spot kicks, with Lauren Cheshire and Becky Barron replying.
 
One other tie also went to penalties, Hollie Staples saving three spot kicks as Luton Town won 3-2 against Milton Keynes Dons, after the sides had shared a 1-1 draw. Jess McKay scored Luton's goal before also finding the net in the shootout, Erica Byron and Zara Carroll also successfully converting from the spot for Luton.
 
Bradford City were given a hard battle by Solihull Ladies before progressing with a 2-1 victory thanks to Emma Rankin and Danielle Whitham. Likewise Derby County were also taken close in their game with Chester-le-Street, Melissa Johnson scoring the only goal of the game during the second half. Natalie Volpini scored a late winner, to add to Rebecca Atkins' earlier strike, as Plymouth Argyle narrowly won 2-1 against Bedford Ladies.
 
Katie Lowder had a great day for Coventry City, bagging herself a four-goal haul as the Sky Blues ran out 7-1 winners away to Liverpool Marshalls Feds. Karen Clough, Helen Dermody and Maz Gauntlett completed the scoring for the team which reached the semi finals last season.
 
Newcastle Utd emerged as 3-1 winners from the all-Northern Division tie with Huddersfield Town. Stacy Crooks, Beth Gardener and a first Newcastle goal for substitute Ellen Turnbull put the hosts into the hat for the next round, with Katie Lockwood netting an injury time consolation for Huddersfield.
 
Blackburn Rovers produced a fine performance to win 4-0 at Stoke City. Alex Taylor opened the scoring for them early on with Katie Anderton quickly adding a second. Sophie Jones made it three midway through the second half and an own goal completed Rovers' tally with nine minutes remaining.
 
Former winners Charlton Athletic also made it through, but were given a huge scare during their 5-2 victory over Swindon Town. The Wiltshire side took the lead after just 40 seconds through Sarah Uzzell, with Beth Thompson soon adding a second. Kit Graham pulled one back ten minutes later and after the break, Gemma Shepherd netted twice to turn things around in Charlton's favour. Swindon did not give up and twice struck the woodwork through Michelle Rich and Chyna Collings but Graham wrapped up proceedings for the Addicks with two late strikes to complete a second successive hat-trick.
 
Portsmouth were 4-2 winners from an entertaining tie with Copsewood (Coventry). Molly Clark put Pompey in front with Nicola Foskett equalising, before Lucy Quinn restored Portsmouth's lead just before half time. Foskett once again levelled early after the restart but Quinn went on to score her second and Sarah Kempson sealed the result for Pompey with nine minutes left.
 
In another all-Southern Division tie, Keynsham Town put a heavy defeat seven days earlier firmly behind them to defeat West Ham Utd 3-1. The Hammers led at the break through a goal from Emma Sherwood but Pilar Garcia equalised just before the hour mark and Keynsham went on to add further strikes through Arianna Somaschini and Justine Lorton-Radburn.
 
Sporting Club Albion went through by scoring seven times without reply past Loughborough Students. Kayleigh Griffiths, Hazzana Parnell and Kirsty Allen all netted a goal in each half, with Kirsty Allen adding the seventh late on. Lewes meanwhile came through an awkward tie away to Southampton Saints, Kirstie Spice finding the net four times and Charlotte Bennett adding the other as the Rookettes ran out 5-1 winners.
 
Ashlee Hincks led the scoring with a six-goal haul as Gillingham crushed Ebbsfleet Utd 15-0. Lauren Phillips weighed in with a further four and Jade Keogh contributed a hat-trick, Emma Tune completing the tally with a brace. Tottenham Hotspur defeated Enfield Town 7-0, Lucia Leon was on target four times for Spurs along with Wendy Martin, Bianca Baptiste and Avilla Bergin.
 
FC Reedswood emerged as narrow 3-2 winners from a well contested tie with Chorley at Charnock Richard. Natalie Parry gave Chorley an early lead from the penalty spot, which they held until half time, and Parry added a second after the restart. Nat Poole curled home a delightful goal for Reedswood and then levelled the scores with her second goal, ten minutes from time. The game looked to be heading towards extra time but a late strike from Kathryn Mudge sent Reedswood through to the next round.
 
Another closely contested tie saw Mansfield Town make the long journey home from Middlesbrough with a 3-2 victory under their belts. Emma Allen netted an extra time winner for Mansfield to add to earlier goals from Jemma Douglas and Daisy Pridden. Tranmere Rovers also won by the odd goal in five against Leeds Ladies, courtesy of Lindsey Smith, Elisha Price and Becky Smith.
 
Guiseley AFC Vixens continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 victory over Sheffield Utd Community. Shauna Leege netted twice for the Vixens with the others coming from Aimi Beresford and Tanya Rich. Norton & Stockton Ancients were also 4-1 winners against Leafield Athletic, Nyci Thorns hitting a hat-trick and Lottie Portas joining her on the scoresheet.
 
Fiona Worts was the heroine for Leicester City Women, scoring four goals as they notched up a 4-0 success away to Loughborough Foxes. Curzon Ashton took an early lead at Steel City Wanderers, but the hosts hit back to lead 2-1 at the interval, Beth Gingell and Cheryl Mawhood on target. Mawhood, last season's top scorer, completed her hat-trick in the second half as the Steels finished 4-1 winners.
 
Nuala Wayne, Laura Bright - from the penalty spot - and Faith Hewitt were all on target to give Cambridge Women a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham Town. Denham Utd ran out 7-1 winners against Gosport Borough, Elishia Allen and Alissa Down each scoring twice along with Harriet Gilbert, Lauren Cox and Vicki Elliott (see match report).
 
Forest Green Rovers kept up their good start to the new campaign by beating Crystal Palace 3-0. Kirsty Richardson marked her return to the side after giving birth last year by scoring twice, the first from the penalty spot, and Naomi Marshall added the other goal. Exeter City made a long trip to Ipswich Town which ended in a 5-0 defeat in which Danielle Bitten, Amanda Crump, Lindseży Smith, Sasha Diston and Molly Hall all scored for the Tractor Girls.
 
C & K Basildon had a successful journey to the Isle of Wight, where they ran out 4-0 winners over Shanklin. Sara Sinclair was on target twice for Basildon along with Zoe Rushen and Karissa Rodney.
 
The draw for the Preliminary Round has been announced. Three ties will be played with the remaining teams receiving byes:
 
Cambridge Women v Queen's Park Rangers
Denham Utd v Charlton Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur v Tranmere Rovers
to be played on Sunday 14th September

Photo - Plymouth Argyle's Rachel Javan is denied by Bedford goalkeeper Lauren Webb (David Potham).


 
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