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Eastbourne Town led the shocks in the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday with a stunning 1-0 win against FAWPL Southern Division opponents Queen's Park Rangers.
Jacey Samson scored the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute and the London & South East League Premier Division held out under pressure from Rangers, who had missed a first half penalty, Goalkeeper Sarah Walshaw was in outstanding form for Eastbourne who could now land a WSL 2 side in the Third Round draw.
Lowestoft Town were another Regional League team to eliminate Premier League opposition when beating Luton Town 2-1. It was Luton who took a first half lead through Rebecca Kane and just before half time, they could have gone two ahead but Zara Carroll's penalty was saved by Amy Bell. After the break, Lowestoft levelled the scores via a 30-yard free kick from Anna Larkins and with ten minutes remaining, Broghan Scully drove home the winning goal to maintain the Eastern Region League side's proud record of having won every game this season.
C & K Basildon also produced a great result in beating Plymouth Argyle 3-2. The South East Division One side took the lead three times against their higher division opponents, Karissa Rodney and Zoe Rushen having goals levelled by Ezme Wells and Rebekah Rose before Rushen scored her second goal from the penalty spot to give C & K victory.
Derby County ended the superb Cup run of TNS Ladies by winning a thrilling tie 5-3. Melissa Johnson netted two of the goals along with Jemma Grimadell, Cara Newton and Aimee Perry while the West Midlands League side, who led 2-1 at one stage, repled through an Emily Ridge brace and Lizzy White.
Forest Green Rovers looked to be on their way towards a win over Keynsham Town but a stirring comeback saw the Southern Division side to a 4-2 after extra time. Forest Green led 2-0 through goals from Charlotte King and Ella Hitchcox and had several opportunities to go further ahead but were denied by a string of saves from Elena Pasare whilst Sammy Hallsworth hit the post. Katarzyna Rusek reduced the deficit from a free kick and Leanne Lapham then scored to take the game into extra time. Nine minutes away from a penalty shootout, Pilar Garcia finished off a good move to put Keynsham ahead for the first time and Garcia then turned provider as Olivera Markovic made the game safe.
Charlton Athletic achieved a similar fightback when defeating Cardiff City Ladies 3-2 after extra time. Cori Williams and Kelly Aldridge put Cardiff two up but a brace from Kim Dixson and an own goal saw Charlton book their place in the next round (see match report).
Brighton & Hove Albion were a third team to come from two goals behind to win, eventually running out 6-2 winners over West Ham Utd. The Hammers started the game well with Emma Sherwood and April Bowers both finding the net in the opening half hour but the Seagulls hit back strongly and were level by half time, thanks to Jay Blackie and Kirsty Barton. Brighton made a powerful start to the second half with Lucy Somes and Charley Boswell both scoring inside the opening four minutes and Somes added a further goal on the hour. Barton also completed a double with the final goal, four minutes from time.
It was a historic day for Radcliffe Olympic as they reached the Third Round for the first time in their history with a 3-1 victory over Hull City. Cat Jackson was on target twice for Radcliffe, along with Danni Saulter.
Two late strikes saw Preston North End progress with a 3-1 success away to Nottingham Forest. Jade Parker headed in a Nikki Emery cross to give Preston a first half lead which they held until seven minutes from time, when Tara Guyler fired home the equaliser. Chelsea Flanagan put Preston back in front with a fine solo goal just three minutes later and Holly Rawcliffe sealed the win in injury time.
Amber Hughes had a great day in front of goal in Coventry City's 3-1 victory over Leeds Ladies, the prolific striker hitting a hat-trick to send her team through while Carey Huegett grabbed a consolation for Leeds.
Stoke City avenged two league defeats to Sporting Club Albion by beating them 2-0.
Wolverhampton Wanderers put their league form behind to book their place in the next round through a 2-1 success against Newcastle Utd. Jennifer Kikomeko gave Wolves a lead shortly before half time which was cancelled out midway through the second half by Stacy Crooks. The game looked to be heading towards extra time but with two minutes left, Kikomeko had the final say as she scored her second goal to earn Wolves victory.
FC Reedswood narrowly got the better of Chorley in a closely fought tie with a 3-2 victory. Kelly Clarke, Jaime Duggan and Tash Hughes netted the goals for Reedswood while Natalie Parry and Vicky Coope replied for Chorley.
Bradford City emerged as 3-2 winners from a tightly contested Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town. Bradford did race into a two-goal lead but Huddersfield hit back with Debbie Hastings and Emily Heckler levelling the scores. The game stayed in the balance until Bradford settled matters in their favour with a late penalty.
Lewes came through a tricky tie away to Exeter City with a 3-1 victory. Sian Heather opened the scoring for the Rookettes on ten minutes and Kirstie Spice quickly added a second. Kelly Newton put Lewes further ahead in the second half, before Tash Knapman grabbed a late consolation for the home side.
Morecambe have enjoyed some good Cup runs in recent seasons and they are through to the Third Round stage once again after beating Sheffield Utd Community 4-2. Megan Doherty netted two of the goals for the Lancashire side along with Sophie Fish and an own goal.
Crystal Palace added another win to their recent successes in the competition as they defeated Ipswich Town 2-0.
A late extra time goal took Tottenham Hotspur through at the expense of a battling Copsewood (Coventry) side. It was Copsewood who took the lead on the stroke of half time with a goal from Stacey Christie with Katie O'Leary equalising midway through the second half. Tottenham sought a second goal but Copsewood stood firm until eight minutes from the end of extra time when Wendy Martin, who had earlier struck the bar, scored with a powerful strike.
Sheffield FC recorded the biggest victory of the day when scoring eight times without reply against Leicester City Women. Amy Beanland and Nikki Hogg netted two goals apiece and there was one apiece from Suzanne Davies, Billie Murphy, Jodie Michalska and Emma Johnson.
Portsmouth eased through with a 5-0 victory away to Gillingham, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Ini Umotong. Charley Wilson and Sarah Kempson added the other goals as Pompey - quarter finalists last season - charged into the next round.
Photo - Forest Green Rovers winger Sammy Hallsworth is challenged by Rachel Cullen of Keynsham Town.
(to be updated)
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