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Holders Arsenal are out of the F.A.Women's Cup after they were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea in the quarter finals at Boreham Wood.
Two Arsenal old girls came back to haunt their former club and take Chelsea to within one stage of reaching the Final for only the second time in their history.
Chelsea took the lead on 17 minutes when, after forcing two corners in quick succession, Ji So Yun's kick was powerfully headed in by Katie Chapman for the opening goal. Gemma Davison then kept up her blistering form at the start of the season with a superbly struck second goal.
Arsenal got themselves back into the game on the stroke of half time when Emma Mitchell curled in an effort. After the break, Ji struck the bar for the visitors and Jordan Nobbs went closest at the other end as Chelsea avenged last year's semi final defeat to the Gunners.
Everton are the only former winners left in the competition but they were taken all the way by the Premier League's last remaining team, Charlton Athletic. Gemma Shepherd hit the bar for the Addicks early on and Kelly Jones had a goal disallowed at the other end but despite chances at both ends, the game looked to heading towards extra time goalless.
However with four minutes remaining, Everton broke the deadlock when Ellie Stewart rose highest to head in a Danielle Turner corner. The lead only lasted for a minute though, Charlton hitting back straight away as, following a scramble in the area, Nikita Whinnett fired home the equaliser.
Extra time could not decide the outcome and a well contested game went into a penalty shootout. After four successful spot kicks, Charlton keeper Megan Lynch had her penalty saved by Megan Walsh before Sam Pittuck hit the woodwork to swing the shootout in Everton's favour, Simone Magill stepping up to send her side through to the semi finals with a text book penalty.
Manchester City have reached the last four for the first time in their history after they defeated Birmingham City 3-1 at the Academy Stadium. In swirling wind and rain, the deadlock was broken just after the quarter hour when Toni Duggan gave the home side the lead with a curling shot.
Midway through the second half, Nikita Parris doubled their lead by volleying home an Issy Christiansen free kick and after Coral-Jade Haines pulled a goal back for the Blues following good work from Emily Westwood, Jill Scott fired home the clincher with three minutes remaining to seal victory for Nick Cushing's side.
Notts County are in the semi finals for the second year in succession following a 5-1 victory against Aston Villa. The WSL 2 doggedly held out under County pressure during the first half but on the stroke of half time, the Lady Pies took the lead through a well struck 20-yard effort from Ellen White.
Within eight minutes of the restart, Laura Bassett doubled their advantage when following up to score after Alex Greenwood's free kick had come back off the post. Villa's task was made even harder when defender Emily Owen was shown a second yellow card and County were three ahead shortly afterwards, Aileen Whelan latching onto Sophie Walton's through ball to score.
Dunia Susi fired them further ahead but Villa did not give up and pulled a goal back when Kerri Walsh glanced home a free kick from Alicia Robinson. County were to have the final say though and Susi netted her second goal when converting a cross from Whelan.
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