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Coventry Utd were the only Premier League side to knock out FA WSL opponents in the SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round when they defeated Oxford Utd 2-0.
Leading scorer Alison Hall gave Coventry the lead with five minutes on the clock when she headed in a Helen Dermody corner. The Southern Division side went on to seal the victory early in the second half through a powerful strike from Jade Formaston.
The clash between the Northern and Southern Division went the way of Tottenham Hotspur who were 2-1 winners over Blackburn Rovers. Ella Toone kept up her good run of form by giving Blackburn an early lead but Spurs relied quickly and equalised through Bianca Baptiste. A well contested match which lived up to its billing looked to be heading towards an extra 30 minutes but deep into injury time, Baptiste fired home her second goal to give Spurs the honours.
The only all-WSL tie to be played was the London derby match between Millwall Lionesses and London Bees and it was Millwall who emerged as narrow 1-0 winners. The only goal from a close encounter came in the twelfth minute, when Amber Gaylor's cross was converted by Megan Wynne.
The East Midlands derby tie turned out to be a tight game which was settled by the only goal, with Nottingham Forest winning 1-0 away to Derby County. Kelly Kennaugh opened the scoring for Forest with thirteen minutes on the clock and her side needed to withstand pressure after the break from the home side before finally claiming a hard earned victory.
Sheffield FC came through a tough tie away to Charlton Athletic by winning 2-0. The first half was goalless, although it took a great triple save from Juliana Draycott to keep Sheffield on terms, before Sophie Jones headed them in front three minutes after the restart and Natasha Jones fired home the second with fifteen minutes remaining.
Aston Villa progressed to the Fourth Round with a 7-1 victory over Cambridge Utd in their debut match at The Lamb. Chloe Jones, Beth Merrick and Maddy Cusack put Villa three ahead at the break and although Becky Taylor reduced the arrears for Cambridge early after the restart, Mollie Rouse netted twice in quick succession before Alice Hassall and Chloe Dale went on to add further goals.
Leicester City Women ended the fine Cup run over Liverpool Marshalls Feds with a 2-1 win. Lauren Cartwright put Leicester ahead after nine minutes and Sophie Domingo added the second midway through the second half. Charlotte Gill pulled one back for the Feds to set up a nervy finish but they could not add a third Northern Division scalp and it is Leicester who go through.
Durham Women produced a strong display to run out 7-0 winners away to Keynsham Town. Zoe Ness marked her return to the club by scoring a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Sarah McFadden, Natalie Gutteridge, Becky Salicki and Emily Roberts.
Everton likewise came through a potentially tricky away tie with an 8-1 victory over Brighouse Town. The best minute for the home side came via a long range strike from captain Annabelle Cass but a Claudia Walker hat-trick spearheaded the win for Everton, Simone Magill and debutant Olivia Chance both netted twice and Michelle Hinnigan was also on target.
West Bromwich Albion recovered from an early setback to beat Lewes 3-1. The Rookettes went ahead through a goal from Danielle Lane but Albion levelled matters when Trina Greaves scored just before the half hour. Greaves then grabbed her second after the break to put Albion in front for the first time and Leigh Dugmore wrapped up the win with fifteen minutes remaining.
Brighton & Hove Albion were another team to make it safely through as they ran out 4-1 winners away to AFC Wimbledon. Ellie Dorey, Amy Taylor and Sophie Perry ensured that the Seagulls led by three goals at the break and although Hannah Searle pulled one back for the Dons, Lucy Somes ensured there were no more scares for Brighton with a late fourth (see match report).
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