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A goal in each half ensured that Portsmouth went through to the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a narrow 2-0 victory over Cardiff City Ladies.
In a clash between two teams near the top of the FAWPL Southern Division, Lucy Quinn fired Pompey in front in the eighteenth minute from a free kick and five minutes into the second half, Sarah Kempson drilled home the second following a good run and pass by Nadine Bazan.
The all-Northern Division meeting between Preston North End and Derby County went the way of the Lancashire side, who were 2-1 winners. Alice Forshaw sent Preston into a 12th minute lead, with Melissa Johnson equalising ahead of half time. The game remained in the balance until, with four minutes remaining, Yasmine Swarbrick swept in the winning goal to give Preston the edge.
Former winners Charlton Athletic enjoyed a much smoother passage, scoring nine times without reply against Plymouth Argyle. Strike duo Kit Graham and Gemma Shepherd led the spree for the Addicks by netting a hat-trick apiece and they were joined on the scoresheet by Stef Simmons, Kimberley Dixson and Jenny Newman.
Brighton & Hove Albion made light of a potentially tricky tie by beating Luton Town 7-0. Seven different players got on the scoresheet for the high flying Seagulls with Jay Blackie, Sophie Perry and Charlotte Gurr giving them a three-goal lead going into the break. Kirsty Barton added a fourth early in the second half, before Brighton went on to wrap up the win with further strikes from Lisa Fulgence, Deanna Cooper and Hollie Olding.
One of the three remaining Regional League club's hopes bit the dust as Fulham FC Foundation suffered a 10-0 reverse at the hands of Lewes. Cherelle Khassal led the scoring for the Rookettes by hitting a hat-trick, Sian Heather and Kirstie Spice each weighed in with a brace and there was one apiece from Natasha Wells, Danielle Lane and Kelly Newton (see match report).
Newcastle Utd avoided a potential banana skin when they won 4-1 against Mossley Hill, who have had a good Cup record in recent years. The majority of the damage was inflicted in the first half as Ellie Dobson netted twice along with Dannika Purdham, before Ellen Turnbull added the fourth midway through the second half.
Nottingham Forest meanwhile ended the Cup hopes of Morecambe with a 3-0 victory. Andi Bell kept up her excellent season by giving Forest the lead and they went on to add further goals through Elizabeta Ejupi and Alana Copeland.
The two teams at the top of Midlands Division One met each other in a well contested tie and it was Leicester City Women who were 2-1 winners over Radcliffe Olympic. However the divisional leaders had to leave it late as Radcliffe led for much of the tie through a goal from Rania Ramadan, before two goals in the last fifteen minutes from Helen Busby took City through to the next stage for the first time in five years.
The remaining ties all fell victim to the weather and another attempt will be made to play them next Sunday.
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