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Crystal Palace came close to causing an upset in the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup when they took Charlton Athletic all the way to penalties before bowing out.
The Addicks went into the interval with a two-goal lead, thanks to goals from Amy Howlett and Kit Graham. However, Palace pegged them back to 2-2 after 63 minutes via a brace from Roschelle Shakes. The prolific Graham bagged her second with fourteen minutes remaining but plucky Palace hit back again and Angela Kiobel sent the game into extra time with a late equaliser. The extra period could produce no further goals and the game went to a penalty shootout, where goalkeeper Megen Lynch turned out to be Charlton's hero by saving one kick and scoring one herself, with Sam Pittuck slotting home the winning penalty.
Keynsham Town pushed Watford all the way before the WSL side emerged as narrow 2-1 winners. All of the goals came in the first half, Hollie Wride putting the Golden Girls in front from a corner and she added a second via a cross-cum-shot. Justine Lorton-Radburn reduced the arrears for Keynsham with a powerful header just before half time but Watford saw the game out after the break to book their place in the Fifth Round.
Doncaster Rovers Belles were another WSL side to come through a tough match against FAWPL opponents, picking up a 2-1 success at Bradford City. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk fired the Belles in front from 25 yards on the stroke of half time and during the second half, Sue Smith scored a rare headed goal to double their advantage. Rachel Lee gave Bradford hope when she pulled a goal back late on but the Belles managed to negotiate a tricky last few minutes.
Coventry City progressed to the last sixteen by winning 3-1 away to Stoke City. The Sky Blues scored twice inside the opening ten minutes through Amber Hughes and Helen Dermody but Stoke hit back quickly to reduce the arrears with a goal from Louise Roberts. Maz Gauntlett restored the two-goal advantage midway through the first half and despite chances at both ends, there were no further goals, Ashleigh Hayes going closest for Stoke when she struck the post.
The only all-WSL tie went the way of Aston Villa, who defeated Yeovil Town 2-1 after extra time. Olivia Fergusson produced a good finish to put Villa ahead just before half time, with Yeovil grabbing a late equaliser through a header from Natalie Haigh. Katie Wilkinson settled matters with eleven minutes to go when she scored from a free kick (see match report).
Tottenham Hotspur are having a great Cup run and it has taken them into the last sixteen after they won 3-0 at Derby County. All of the goals came in the first half, Lucia Leon giving Spurs the lead before they went on to add further strikes through Katie O'Leary and Avilla Bergin.
Radcliffe Olympic's run came to an end at Sheffield FC, meaning that all teams in the fourth tier of women's football are now out of the competition. Rebecca Lee, Jodie Michalska, Suzanne Davies and Emma Johnson all scored a goal apiece to earn Sheffield a 4-0 victory which takes them into the Fifth Round for the first time in their history.
Millwall Lionesses made light of a difficult away tie to Portsmouth, advancing with an 4-1 win. Lillie Fenlon-Billson had a great day in front of goal for the Lionesses as she bagged a hat-trick and Frankie Strugnell added the other, with Gemma Hillier netting a consolation for Pompey (see match report).
Photo - Helen Dermody celebrates her goal for Coventry City against Stoke City with Jade Formaston (clivejonespr.com)
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