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Liverpool Marshalls Feds and Keynsham Town led the surprises in the Second Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup with victories over Premier League top flight opponents.
Liverpool Marshalls Feds played host to Northern Division side Newcastle Utd and a solitary strike from Lynsey Longhurst gave them a 1-0 victory and their second success in a row against higher division opponents.
Keynsham Town meanwhile made the long trip to Canvey Island to play C & K Basildon but returned with a surprise 3-1 win under their belts. Cristina Vega Leandro, Geovana Alves and Justine Lorton-Radburn scored the goals to take Keynsham through at the expense of the Southern Division side.
Derby County were pushed all the way by Sheffield Utd before eventually getting past the East Midlands League side with a 3-2 win after extra time. The Blades twice took the lead through Tania Marsden and Sophie Bell with Derby hitting back on each occasion with goals from Molly Johnson and Ellie May, before Camilla Newton scored what proved to the decisive third, eight minutes into extra time.
Cambridge Utd ended the hopes of Southampton Women by defeating the Southern Region League side 4-0, courtesy of a goal apiece from Mollie Kmita, Nicole Perschky, Danielle Puddefoot and Becky Taylor. Defeats for Sheffield Utd and Southampton Women means that Regional League clubs' interest in the competition is over for another year.
Lewes inflicted a first defeat of the season in any competition for Cardiff City Ladies when beating them 2-0. Both of the Rookettes' goals came during the first half, Rebecca Carter giving them the lead and Leeta Rutherford scoring the second nine minutes ahead of the break.
Leicester City Women emerged as 2-1 winners after extra time from a closely fought tie with Middlesbrough. After missing an early penalty, Leicester took the lead through Kim Farrow but a late equaliser from Jessica Havelock took the game into the extra period. Both teams went close during extra time but with two minutes remaining, Kayleigh Hillier grabbed the winner for Leicester.
Charlton Athletic made sure their date at the The Valley would be a memorable one for themselves as they defeated Portsmouth 5-0. Kit Graham led the scoring for the Addicks with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Kim Dixson and Katie Bottom.
Blackburn Rovers came through a potentially tricky tie against Hull City with a 5-0 victory. Rovers took the lead on the stroke of half time through Jess Holbrook and after the break, Ella Toone added a brace and there was one apiece from Natasha Fenton and Faye McCoy.
Tottenham Hotspur saw off the challenge of Gillingham by beating them 3-0. Bianca Baptiste continued her good season in front of goal by scoring twice and Maya Vio also got on the scoresheet (see match report).
Long Eaton Utd had a superb Cup run last season but they bow at the Second Round stage this time around after going down to a 4-3 defeat at home to Brighouse Town in one of the games of the day. Jodie Redgrave was the heroine for Brighouse as she scored all four goals including an injury time winner to settle a thrilling tie.
Three first half goals helped Nottingham Forest on their way to a 4-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Charlotte Broad gave Forest a third minute lead which was quickly doubled when Andi Bell slotted home the second from the penalty spot. Katie Lowder fired home a well taken third to put Forest in control of matters and they completed the scoring just after the hour mark when Bell scored her second penalty.
West Bromwich Albion swept into the Third Round as they were also 4-0 winners over Radcliffe Olympic. Hazzana Parnell and Abi Cottam ensured that Albion were two goals ahead at the interval, before Parnell netted her second and Phoebe Warner wrapped up the result.
Coventry Utd were a third team to record a 4-0 victory, at the expense of Milton Keynes Dons. Maz Gauntlett put Coventry in front early on and in-form striker Alison Hall added a second soon afterwards. In the second half, Amber Hughes increased the home side's lead and Gauntlett completed her double late on.
AFC Wimbledon have had two extremely long journeys in opposite directions in successive rounds but this is not preventing them from having a good cup run! After a trip to Norfolk in the previous round, this time the Dons went to Devon to play Plymouth Argyle but were once again victorious, Sami Bock giving them the lead from a free kick and two second half strikes from Laura Low sealing a 3-0 win.
Photo - Plymouth Argyle striker Natasha Knapman takes on Georgie O'Halloran of AFC Wimbledon (David Potham).
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