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Yeovil Town 0 Sunderland 2 (Chaplen 67,79)
Two second half goals from Brooke Chaplen took Sunderland through to the quarter finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup after a well contested affair at Huish Park.
Sunderland boss Carlton Fairweather opted to hand out four debuts to his close season signings whilst Yeovil made one enforced change from the side which beat Bristol City in the previous round with Ellis Hillman replacing Lauren Townsend.
On a firm, bouncy pitch, the game started slowly but evenly although Sunderland did get the ball in the net after eight minutes, Steph Bannon's effort being ruled out for offside.
Although quiet in the early stages, it was not too long before Beth Mead produced her first threat on goal with a sharp turn on the edge of the area before her shot was blocked by the legs of Charlotte Haynes. Mead turned provider of a chance two minutes later by laying the ball back for Rachel Furness who dragged her shot wide.
Yeovil were working hard in all areas of the pitch without really troubling the Sunderland defence and a rare error at the other end almost led to the Lady Black Cats taking the lead. Nicola COusins' back pass was seized on by the predatory Mead but Haynes again came to the rescue with an important block.
There were no more scares for the home side and they almost went in front with the final kick of the first half, an inswinging free kick from Ellie Curson striking the outside of the post.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with Sunderland having the better of possession and Yeovil snapping into tackles with central defenders Helen Bleazard and Hannah Short both having good games, especially against Mead whose movement and hold up play was a delight to watch.
Sunderland lost debutant Rachel Pitman to injury and Hillman was also forced off to be replaced by 16-year-old Kelly Snook.
As the game reached the midway point of the second half, a long ball over the top looked to have been dealt with by Cousins but she momentarily hesitated and this allowed Mead to nip in and get away with a clever turn. Haynes once again foiled Mead by blocking her shot but Chaplen was on hand to follow up and tuck home the rebound.
There was a memorable moment for Yeovil midfielder Kirsty Whitton as she made her return from almost two years of injury as a substitute in place of Steph Williams.
Furness drove a long range shot which was held by Haynes but Sunderland were to put the game beyond doubt with eleven minutes remaining. Mead sprang the offside trap to chase down a long ball forward, skipped past a challenge from Short and drew Haynes before setting up Chaplen to slide in and turn the ball in off the post from six yards.
Mead had a goal disallowed for offside but Yeovil did not give up and battled hard to try and grab a consolation. Short volleyed narrowly wide from a Cousins free kick, then Sarah Wiltshire broke into the area and her angled shot was saved by Rachael Laws.
A scramble from a corner in injury time which ended with Short's header landing on the roof of the net was followed by a chipped pass from Ann Marie Heatherson picking out Wiltshire whose was just off target.
Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes, Ellis Hillman (sub Kelly Snook 57mins), Nicola Cousins, Ellie Curson, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short, Sarah Wiltshire, Steph Williams (sub Kirsty Whitton 75mins), Ann Marie Heatherson, Atlanta Primus, Nadia Lawrence (sub Emily Donovan 86mins). Subs not used: Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle.
Sunderland: Rachael Laws, Rachel Pitman (sub Abby Holmes 60mins), Kylla Sjoman, Rachel Furness, Steph Bannon, Victoria Williams, Krystle Johnston (sub Keira Ramshaw 62mins), Lucy Staniforth, Beth Mead, Abbey Joice (sub Stephanie Roche 86mins), Brooke Chaplen. Subs not used: Hilde Olsen, Kelly McDougall.
(top) Krystle Johnston tries to get past Nicola Cousins
(middle) Hannah Short under pressure from Beth Mead
(bottom) Brooke Chaplen scores Sunderland's second goal
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