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Holders Manchester City were taken to extra time before booking their place in the quarter finals of the SSE Women's FA Cup with a 3-1 victory away to Birmingham City.
In a repeat of last season's Final, Nadia Nadim gave Man City the lead early on with Ellen White levelling the scores shortly before half time. Despite opportunities at either end, neither side could make a breakthrough in normal time but seven minutes into the extra period, Georgia Stanway put her side back in front when she drilled home a low shot. The Blues went close to equalising once again when Charlie Wellings' shot was tipped onto the post by Ellie Roebuck and with seconds left on the clock, Claire Emslie finally made the game safe for her side with the third goal.
Arsenal are into the last eight once again but were made to work hard for their 1-0 win over Millwall Lionesses. The only goal of the game came just after the half hour, a well taken effort from Beth Mead, and this proved to be enough to end the hopes of the WSL 2 title chasers. However the most significant moment in Arsenal's season so far may well have come with fifteen minutes remaining, when Kim Little made her return as a substitute after almost a year out with a knee injury.
Charlton Athletic will carry the flag for the Premier League in the last eight following their 3-1 success away to Cardiff City Ladies. The Addicks raced into a three-goal lead during the first half, Kit Graham opening the scoring with a shot on the turn and the striker netted her second from a low cross by Olivia Lukasewich. Charlotte Gurr then latched onto a Charley Clifford pass to make it three going into the interval but in the second half, Cardiff made a spirited effort to get back into the game. They pulled a goal back when Laura Williams scored direct from a corner and were unlucky not to get another when a 35-yard strike from Ffion Price crashed against the bar. Price produced another good effort which was well saved by Katie Startup but Cardiff's efforts could not bring another goal and a determined Charlton side saw the game out.
Sunderland survived a scare as they came from behind to win 3-2 against Aston Villa. The Wearsiders got off to a good start with Victoria Williams giving them a sixth minute lead but young Villa striker Ebony Salmon added to her growing reputation by scoring a goal in each half to put the WSL 2 side in front. Rachel Pitman brought the scores level once more before Keira Ramshaw broke Villa's hearts with a neat finish late on to seal the win for her side.
Chelsea had a much smoother passage into the last eight as five second half goals took them to a 6-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles. Emma Hayes' side led at the break through a goal from Ji So-Yun and Fran Kirby doubled their advantage, four minutes into the second half. Drew Spence added the third before Erin Cuthbert contributed a brace and Ramona Bachmann was also on target.
Everton brought Lewes' Cup run to an end by beating them 6-0 at the Dripping Pan. Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah led the scoring for the Toffees with a hat-trick and she was joined on the scoresheet by Chloe Kelly, Danielle Turner and Megan Finnigan.
It was a similar story at Chichester City where the home side put up a brace display in going down 3-0 to Liverpool. Rinsola Babajide marked her first start for the Reds by giving them the lead before Ashley Hodson and Beth England added further goals (see match report).
Durham Women are into the quarter finals for the first time in their history after they defeated Leicester City Women 5-2. Zoe Ness gave Durham the lead with Ellie Christon adding a second, before Leigh Dugmore reduced the arrears for her side on the stroke of half time. There was still time for Abi Cottam to restore the Wildcats' two-goal advantage before the interval with a superbly struck volley. Sophie Domingo renewed hopes for a spirited Leicester side as she pulled one back early in the second half but their chances were brought to an end as Cottam scored her second and Emily Roberts completed the scoring for Durham late on.
Photo - Cardiff City Ladies defender Hannah Mills slides in to tackle Georgia Griffin of Charlton Athletic.
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