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Long Eaton Utd and Fulham FC Foundation are through to the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup after both claimed magnificent victories on Sunday.
Long Eaton claimed their third Premier League victim in a row when they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2. Cara Newton put the East Midlands League side in front just before half time but early in the second half, Wolves equalised when a 30-yard free kick by Jenni Anslow found the net. Precious Hamilton restored Long Eaton's lead seven minutes later from the penalty spot and they held on until five minutes from time, when Jade Cross finished well with a neat lob to level the scores. However, with extra time looming, Hamilton latched onto a crossfield pass from Jo Campbell to chip home the winning goal and start mass celebrations amongst the Long Eaton players.
There were also big celebrations for Fulham FC Foundation whose victory over Enfield Town was in even more dramatic circumstances. The London & South East League side looked to be on their way out when they trailed 3-1 at one stage but battled back to take the game to extra time thanks to Verity Snow, Helen Ogle and an own goal. The extra period could not decide the winner and in the resulting penalty shootout, Snow, Sarah Wentworth and Ogle all found the back of the net for Fulham whose goalkeeper Paige Hersey turned out to be the heroine by saving two kicks and seeing her side to a 3-1 win.
One other tie also went all the way to penalties with Radcliffe Olympic emerging as victors over Peterborough Northern Star. The match was goalless after ninety minutes but in extra time, Vicky Gallagher finally broke the deadlock for Star. Radcliffe were to battle back though with Natalie Robinson grabbing a late equaliser and they went on to convert all of their penalties, winning the shootout 4-2.
Gillingham were pushed all the way by London Corinthians before going through as 4-3 winners after extra time. Paige Baker-Carroll (2), Kallie Balfour and Madison North scored the goals to see the Gills progress past their London & South East League opponents (see match report).
In arguably the tie of the round, it was Crystal Palace who were impressive 4-0 victors away to Milton Keynes Dons. Alma Donohoe netted two of the goals for Palace and she was joined on the scoresheet by Freya Holdaway, from the penalty spot, and Gemma Bryan.
Swindon Town came through a tough away tie to Old Actonians with a 1-0 victory. Play was fairly even in the tie with few open chances but as the game progressed it was Town - still unbeaten in all competitions this season - who began to enjoy the better of the exchanges and were rewarded in the 87th minute when Ellie Maynard drilled the ball low into the net from the edge of the area for the only goal of the game.
Mossley Hill recorded a fine 2-1 victory over local rivals Liverpool Marshalls Feds. After Charlotte Apps had put the Feds in front just after the hour, Holly Parkinson equalised for Mossley two minutes later and deep into injury time, Carla Lee scored a winning goal to seal another notable Cup win for Mossley Hill.
Another local derby, this time in Bedfordshire, went with form but Luton Town were pushed all the way by Bedford Ladies in their 3-2 success. Erica Byron, Natasha Fensome and Jo Rutherford scored the goals to take Luton through to the Second Round, with Rebecca Vass and Chelsea Hunter replying for the home side.
Leicester City Women ended the Cup hopes of Stone Dominoes by scoring eight times without reply. Rebecca Knight led the scoring for a strong City side with a hat-trick, Lauren Impey and Holly Morgan weighed in with two goals apiece and Molly Baxter was also on target.
The remaining three ties were all postponed and will be played next Sunday.
Photo - Joanne Rutherford (left) gives Luton Town the lead against Bedford Ladies (Luton Town Ladies FC)
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