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All four of the quarter finals in the Continental Tyres Cup went to form over the weekend and the two previous winners of the competition are amongst those in the semi finals.
On Saturday night, Reading FC Women became the first of the four teams to make it through, but only after being taken all the way to a penalty shootout by Everton at the Select Security Stadium. Neither side could make a breakthrough during the ninety minutes but, four minutes after the start of extra time, Kirsty Linnett broke the deadlock when she unleashed an unstoppable 25-yard shot which gave Kirstie Levell no chance. Everton battled back into the game and with eight minutes remaining, Chloe Kelly scored to bring them back on level terms and send the match into penalties. Reading found the net with four of their five kicks but Grace Moloney saved from both Kelly and Danielle Turner to help guide her team into the last four.
Manchester City continued their defence of the trophy with a hard earned 2-0 victory away to Bristol City. In tough conditions at Oaklands Park, a strong wind making it difficult for both sides, there were opportunities at either end as the first half ended goalless and things remained in the balance until the visitors took the lead just after the hour, a deep cross from Abbie McManus being headed in at the far post by Nikita Parris. With the Vixens committed to push forward late on, Man City had chances for a second late on with Parris being denied by a fine save from Sophie Baggaley but with two minutes left, Jennifer Beattie rose highest to head firmly home from an Izzy Christiansen corner to seal the win for the holders.
Arsenal are just one step away from yet another appearance in the Final following a 3-1 victory over Sunderland. Jordan Nobbs gave them the lead on the quarter hour from a Lisa Evans cross and Vivianne Miedema headed in the second ahead of half time. Sunderland gave themselves hope eleven minutes into the second half when Bridget Galloway kept up her recent good form by reducing the arrears but after Danielle Carter had struck the woodwork for a second time at the other end, Beth Mead netted the third to sink her former club's hopes and round off a winning start for new Gunners manager Joe Montemurro.
A strong line up for the semi finals was completed by Chelsea, who took a step closer to a first ever appearance in the Final after they defeated Liverpool 5-1. The Reds were unable to fully recover from a powerful start to the game from the home side, Fran Kirby putting them ahead after four minutes and the England striker netted her second, minutes after Ramona Bachmann had doubled Chelsea's advantage. Liverpool got themselves back into the game early in the second half when Casey Stoney headed in from a corner but Kirby ended any hopes of a comeback when she completed her hat-trick just after the hour, and Erin Cuthbert rounded off the scoring with a curling shot from the edge of the area.
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