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Arsenal made it through to the quarter finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup, but only after winning a penalty shootout against Birmingham City following a 1-1 draw.
The Blues took the lead midway through the first half when Freda Ayisi scored against her old club and they looked to be on their way towards victory until eleven minutes from time, when Danielle Carter equalised for the Gunners. Extra time could not decide a winner and in the resulting shootout, the unfortunate Charlie Wellings saw her kick come back off the post whilst Arsenal scored all of theirs, Jordan Nobbs slotting in the decisive penalty for a 5-3 victory.
Chelsea started their defence of the trophy with a much smoother passage, running out 4-1 winners over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Jess Sigsworth did mark her comeback for the Belles by giving them the lead after six minutes but a Leandra Little own goal levelled matters shortly afterwards. Karen Carney put Chelsea in front for the first time on the hour mark and goals in quick succession from Ji So-Yun and Eniola Aluko sealed matters for Emma Hayes' side.
Aston Villa will carry the flag for WSL 2 following a fine 1-0 win against Everton. Full back Hannah George headed in the only goal of the game on 57 minutes to book Villa a quarter final place for the second year in a row, at the expense of the former winners.
Reading FC Women ended the hopes of a spirited Millwall Lionesses side with a 2-0 victory at Adams Park. In a goalless first half, Reading struggled to break down a well organised Millwall defence but just after the hour, debutant striker Jade Boho-Sayo broke the deadlock for Reading. Emma Follis then scored a second to take the Royals into the last eight.
Notts County are through to the quarter finals once again after beating Durham Women 3-1. Rachel Williams and Ellen White put the Lady Pies two ahead inside the opening half hour and Williams netted her second after the break, before Beth Hepple grabbed a late consolation for the Wildcats.
Sunderland were another team to break down a dogged WSL 2 side when they won 2-0 at Yeovil Town. Brooke Chaplen put the Lady Black Cats in front midway through the second half and they sewed up the result eleven minutes from time when Chaplen scored her second following good work by Beth Mead (see match report).
The FAWPL's last representatives in the competition will be Sporting Club Albion who won a thrilling tie 4-3 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Abi Cottam scored twice for Sporting along with Samantha Conroy and Summer Holmes, while Brighton replied through Lisa Fulgence, Sophie Berry and Charley Boswell (see match report).
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